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Jonathan Broxton melts down, blows game in 12th

Apr 11, 2012, 9:00 PM EDT

Jemile Weeks, Brayan Pena AP

Jonathan Broxton struck out the side Sunday to earn his first save for the Royals. His outing Wednesday didn’t go so well.

After Oakland’s Seth Smith reached on an Alcides Escobar error in the 12th, Broxton walked two batters and hit two more to take a blown save and a loss in a 5-4 game.

Broxton retired the first batter he faced prior to Escobar’s miscue. After the two walks, the tying run scored on a groundout and Broxton was in position to still send the game to the 13th. Only then he plunked Yoenis Cespedes and Jonny Gomes with back-to-back pitches, ending the contest.

Broxton, who was signed to set up for Joakim Soria, has looked pretty shaky since the beginning of the spring and doesn’t seem long for the closer’s role in Kansas City. Greg Holland is probably next in line, and Aaron Crow, who started games this spring before being shifted back to the pen, could also be an option. Crow actually got a save Tuesday for pitching a scoreless seventh inning in a 3-0 game called in the top of the eighth.

  1. xmatt0926x - Apr 11, 2012 at 9:06 PM

    An old Phillies GM named Paul Owens used to say of certain players “million dollar talent, 10 cent head”. I think that applies to Broxton.

    • paperlions - Apr 12, 2012 at 7:25 AM

      $5 talent, 10 cent head

  2. dawglb - Apr 11, 2012 at 9:21 PM

    Brockton has never quite shaken off the numerous times the Fightin’ Phils have come back (on him) to win games.

  3. cup0pizza - Apr 11, 2012 at 9:24 PM

    Nothing new here at all as this Dodgers fan sees it. Broxton is beyond awful and is an absolute mental midget.

  4. mikeincmn - Apr 11, 2012 at 9:50 PM

    But he is an experienced closer so that means Ned Yost will keep running him out there in the 9th.

  5. cup0pizza - Apr 12, 2012 at 12:28 AM

    Experienced at melting down, mike. I feel more pity than usual for what Royals fans might still exist.

    • groundruledoublebourbon - Apr 12, 2012 at 1:13 AM

      We appreciate the sentiment, but these things are par for the course here in KC.

      I suggest the article below to cheer up your Thursday. In 2010, Joe Posnanski hilariously chronicled all the dumb mishaps by recent Royals players in a short quizz. One of my favorite pieces ever. Fans of the “Not Top 10” and other sports bloopers will love it. )

      • - Apr 12, 2012 at 9:51 AM

        What’s troubling is two of the things JoePas mentioned in that article the Royals quit doing….AND they fired Frank White from the broadcast booth and brought in a guy everyone hates. Not because he replaced Frank White, but because he has no clue about the Kansas City culture.

        Question 16: Pre-Kauffman renovation what was stored infront of the 1985 World Series trophy in the concourse? A Trash Can!

        You can’t make this stuff up.

  6. cup0pizza - Apr 12, 2012 at 1:30 AM

    Thank you for the link, and best of luck to your team. Since I’m a Dodgers fan I really have little to brag about since 1988.

  7. raidernation831 - Apr 12, 2012 at 1:48 AM


  8. bleed4philly - Apr 12, 2012 at 5:27 AM

    How many pitches does he even have? those who live by the fastball, die by the fastball.

  9. missouricharger - Apr 12, 2012 at 7:11 AM

    As a Royals fan, and a die hard one, I must say that was a tough one to swallow. Especially knowing that Soria wouldn’t have done that.

  10. crusty14 - Apr 12, 2012 at 7:38 AM

    He’s got all the tools and no tool box!

  11. - Apr 12, 2012 at 9:39 AM

    How “Royals” of him.

  12. hoopmatch - Apr 12, 2012 at 12:50 PM

    I watched this game on MLB.TV. And it seems to me that Broxton was put off his game by Escobar’s error, allowing a runner to reach base. Then each walk exacerbated the condition, leading to the two hit batspersons. Oddly enough, John E. Gomes had a walkoff hit by pitch game last year with the Nationals. The San Francisco paper quoted him as saying, “Been there, done that.”

  13. APBA Guy - Apr 12, 2012 at 1:30 PM

    As the A’s fan in the HBT universe, I have to say that was an amazing finish, and probably the only way the A’s are going to win games this year is via the opposition’s strategic mistakes (failure to stop the A’s running attack, which begins with keeping the lousy A’s hitters off base), and then having a meltdown late. The A’s aren’t going to actually hit the ball that often. So giving them 4 base runners via non-hits is incredible.

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