SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Even though Royals starter Jeremy Guthrie gave up four runs (three earned) and eight hits in Tuesday's 7-2 loss to the Rockies, his manager thought the outing was Guthrie's best of Spring Training.
"He had good action on all his pitches, commanded the ball really well and he's getting close," Ned Yost said. "His pitch count (75) was right where we wanted it and I was pleased with his outing."
Guthrie nodded agreement.
"I thought it was good. I was able to go out there and execute the majority of my pitches and get some ground balls," Guthrie said.
All eight of the hits off him were singles, and some were aided by the rock-hard infield. Bad luck?
"I don't know about bad luck, but they hit the ball hard enough that they got over an infielder or got between them," Guthrie said. "But I'll take those over home runs and doubles in the gap."
Closer Greg Holland helped Aaron Crow out of an eighth-inning jam, but gave up three runs on four hits in the ninth.
"We wanted to give 'ups-and-downs' to Crow and Holland, so he came in and got us out of the inning and ran into a little trouble after that, but that normally won't happen during the season," Yost said.
Dick Kaegel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.