KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Royals manager Tony Pena would rather
look forward to next season than dwell on this one.
The Royals set a club record for losses with their 101st of the
season, falling 5-2 to the Cleveland Indians on Wednesday night.
"This is not fun at all. It has been very, very tough," Pena
said. "It's not going to be like this forever. We need to start
thinking about next season and starting fresh. I know we can do
this. I know we can turn this thing around."
The Royals lost their fifth straight -- the sixth skid of at
least five in a row, and dropped to 57-101 after going 83-79 last
year and entering this season as one of the favorites in the AL
Central. The only other time the Royals lost 100 games in the
franchise's 36 year history was in 2002.
"We have been there before, and we know what we have to do to
turn things around," Pena said. "We've already started working on
next year because we know what we have to do."
Still, the club record is hard for Pena to accept.
"I have been here for 2½ years and we have set all kinds of
records," Pena said. "The club record makes the 101 losses even
Matt Stairs, one of the veterans signed in the offseason to
bolster the Royals' lineup, was succinct in his evaluation of the
"Being part of the team that set a franchise record for losses
-- let's put it this way -- there's no good points about it. If
you're going to break a club record, there's a pretty good chance
that you had a really bad year. We did. Let's try to finish up
strong and put this year behind us."
"It feels good," Bartosh said. "As a reliever, you're not out
there trying to get wins. You just try to do your job -- get the
guys out and keep your team in it."
Bob Wickman pitched the ninth for his 12th save.
Mike Wood (3-8) allowed nine hits and five runs in 5 2-3
innings. He struck out three and walked none.
"I didn't have my crisp stuff out there today, but with two
outs in the sixth, everything just fell apart," Wood said. "I
just fell behind a few guys and they hit good pitches."
The Indians scored in the first on a two-out single by Victor
The Royals went up 2-1 in the bottom of the second. John Buck
and Alexis Gomez led off with singles off Kyle Denney. Donnie
Murphy followed with an RBI single. After David DeJesus walked to
load the bases, Joe Randa grounded out to short, scoring Gomez.
The Royals left the bases loaded in the first two innings and
left 11 runners on base for the game, nine in the first four
The two runs in the second ensured that Kansas City would score
more than a run for the first time in five games.
Cleveland tied it in the third behind Broussard's 420-foot home
run to center and took the lead with three runs in the sixth.
Josh Phelps' double off the wall in left and Casey Blake scored.
Phelps advanced to third when shortstop Angel Berrora's relay to
home plate went over catcher Buck's head for an error. Phelps then
scored on a double by Grady Sizemore. Ronnie Belliard's single
scored Sizemore and chased Wood.
The Indians' three-game sweep against the Royals was their
first in Kansas City since May 1-3, 2001. ... Wood's hit-by-pitch
in the sixth was the 56th of the season for the Royals, the sixth
highest total in club history. ... The Indians improved to 79-80
and still have a chance at a winning record with a sweep of the
Twins in Minnesota. The Indians were 68-94 last season.