Royals' rare running errors prevent run

Royals' rare running errors prevent run

Royals' rare running errors prevent run
CHICAGO -- The Royals jumped out to an early lead on Saturday with a three-run first inning en route to their 5-0 victory against the White Sox.

And while it didn't come back to haunt them, a couple of misread baserunning situations could have given the visitors another run.

With the bases loaded, Billy Butler drilled a liner into right. Chicago's Alex Rios started to come over to the ball, which instead got past him and went into the corner. Rios' slight movement toward the ball caused Johnny Giavotella, who was on second, to go back to the base and tag up. Because of it, the Royals only scored one on what appeared to be a sure-fire double.

"It was a tougher read from second than from where we were sitting. Gio thought Rios was closing in on the ball, he thought he was going to have an opportunity to catch it, and he got a little too close to second and got back to tag," manager Ned Yost said. "Generally, we like them 15 feet, 20 feet from the bag where they can go back and tag, but he got a little too close."

Giavotella eventually scored, so the misread was harmless, but the Royals committed another mistake three batters later.

With runners on first and second with one out, Irving Falu hit a blooper into right that easily fell between Rios and second baseman Gordon Beckham. Jeff Francoeur, who was on second, only advanced to third.

Alcides Escobar and Humberto Quintero each flied out to left to end the inning.

Yost admitted Francoeur got a bad read on Falu's blooper, but chalked up the two miscues as an aberration.

"Just two mistakes. It happened in the same inning, but our baserunning's very good," Yost said.