TORONTO (AP) -- The Kansas City Royals were no better with a new
Less than 24 hours after manager Tony Pena resigned, the Royals
dropped to a major league-worst 8-26. Kansas City had a season-high
16 hits in its first game under Bob Schaefer, but it wasn't enough.
"We still lost," said Matt Stairs, who homered and drove in
three runs. "We've been in this situation before, where we've gone
out and swung the bat well and the next day we've struggled. That's
what makes it frustrating."
The Royals issued 11 walks, their most since they walked 14 on
June, 10, 2002, against Florida.
Shea Hillenbrand homered and drove in four runs for the Blue
Jays, who swept the three-game series.
Stairs and Emil Brown hit consecutive homers off Scott
Schoeneweis in the seventh to give Kansas City a 9-7 lead. Stairs'
homer was a two-run shot.
Pena called Stairs after stepping down late Tuesday night
following a 3-1 loss in Toronto. Before Wednesday's game, Stairs
said Pena's resignation should serve as a wake-up call.
"If guys think it's going to be so easy from here on out, and
continue playing the way we are, they have another thing coming,"
Stairs went 3-for-4 with a walk for the Royals, who have lost 17
of 20. Schaefer, who had been the team's bench coach, replaced Pena
on an interim basis.
"I had to pay attention," Schaefer joked. "I'm a little
rusty, but I enjoyed it."
Miguel Batista (2-0) pitched 1 1/3 innings for the victory.
"It wasn't the greatest win, but we won and that's all that
counts," Koskie said.
The move worked as Toronto starter David Bush hit Berroa with
the second pitch of the game before DeJesus hit an RBI double.
Sweeney struck out, but Stairs followed with an RBI single.
Berroa's RBI double and DeJesus' run-scoring single put Kansas
City ahead in the second.
Plate umpire Tom Hallion warned Bautista and both dugouts after
Bautista hit Hillenbrand with a pitch in the third. Eric Hinske
followed with an RBI double, and Vernon Wells hit a run-scoring
single, giving Toronto a 5-4 lead.
Koskie's RBI double and Hillenbrand's run-scoring single made it
7-4 in the fourth.
Schaefer said Pena wasn't himself the last month as the
losses piled up. "It just got to him. He took a lot of it
personally, thinking it was all his fault," Schaefer said. "I
really wasn't surprised because it was beating him up." ... The
Royals went 3-9 on their 12-game road trip. They open a 10-game
homestead Thursday against Tampa Bay. ... Hudson tied a team record
with four walks, done seven times previously. ... Bautista left in
third inning with right shoulder tightness. He allowed five runs,
five hits and five walks in 2 1/3 innings. ... Toronto purchased
LHP Scott Downs' contract from Triple-A Syracuse and sent reliever
Matt Whiteside outright to Syracuse.