No matter what, Royals hitters again were perplexed by Gibson in a 2-0 loss on Thursday night at Kauffman Stadium. The right-hander gave up just four hits and struck out seven over eight shutout innings.
"There's nothing you can do," manager Ned Yost said. "You've got to wait and get a mistake, and then not miss it. When he pitches as good as he pitched tonight, you just battle, fight pitches off, try to find balls that can get hit to the outfield grass. And if you get a mistake, don't miss it."
The Royals didn't get many mistakes, it seemed. Or if they did, they certainly missed them. They had two hard-hit singles, one by Lorenzo Cain and one by Omar Infante. They also had two bunt singles to beat the shift.
"He's just really learned how to use that two-seamer," first baseman Eric Hosmer said. "He gets you looking for that and then he puts the slider in the same spot going the other way. It's tough. It was his night."