A wild pitch by Herrera put they tying run on third and the winning run on second, but he was able to strike out catcher Erik Kratz with a nasty changeup to end the game.
24 hours earlier, the Royals carried a 3-1 lead into the ninth inning after Luis Mendoza, Aaron Crow (Mizzou), and Herrera combined for two hits, three walks, and 10 strikeouts in eight innings of work.
Yost sent Holland out to the mound to close out the game, but he walked the first three hitters he faced, struck out the next two, and ultimately, allowed a walk-off bases-clearing double to pinch-hitter Kevin Frandsen.
Here's what's working in the Royals bullpen:
- Tim Collins - 2 G, 4.0 IP, 0.00 ERA, 15.75 K/9
- Crow - 3 G, 3.0 IP, 2 HLD, 0.00 ERA
- Herrera - 4 G, 3.1 IP, SV, 2 HLD, 0.00 ERA, 18.90 K/9
Here's what is not working in the Royals bullpen:
- Luke Hochevar - 2 G, 2.0 IP, 4.50 ERA, 1 HR allowed, 0 K
- Gutierrez - 3 G, 2.1 IP, 11.57 ERA, 1 HR allowed
- Holland - 3 G, 2.0 IP, 18.00 ERA, 4.00 WHIP
Do the right thing, Ned Yost. Reshuffle the bullpen before the home opener against the Minnesota Twins and make Herrera the starter. Greg Holland has got to go.
6) By the way, Alex Gordon is still tearing the cover off the ball, hitting .400 so far in 2013.
Billy Butler tied a franchise record with seven RBIs in Sunday's win, which included a grand slam home run, his first dinger of the season.
7) Big ups to Central Methodist pitcher Drew Greiwe who threw a seven-inning perfect game Saturday in the first of a doubleheader at Graceland.
Greiwe struck out nine batters and retired all 21 hitters he faced without a single player reaching base.
8) Columbia College softball pitcher Taylor Richter threw a five-inning no-hitter Saturday against Lyon as the Cougars swept a doubleheader, as well.
9) Meanwhile, the 7th-ranked Missouri Tiger softball team has a serious problem.
When Bailey Erwin decided to leave the program midway through the season, it left head coach Ehren Earleywine with no viable option behind Chelsea Thomas to start games in the SEC. Sunday afternoon in Tuscaloosa, Thomas and the Tigers paid the price.
Arguably the best pitcher in the game, Thomas was forced to pitch against one of the best offenses in the game for the third day in a row and she got absolutely rocked:
- C. Thomas, MIZ: (L, 14-3) 5.2 IP, 11 H, 14 R, 11 ER, 8 BB, 3 K, 156 pitches
Thomas got beat on Friday night, but rebounded to throw 6 1/3 shut out innings Saturday in a Mizzou win. Clearly, she was out of gas by the time game three rolled around Sunday.
If the Tigers want to make it back to the Women's College World Series, they better get Thomas some help, but from where?
10) It's going to be very fun to watch the quarterback battle this year between James Franklin and Maty Mauk.
Franklin is finally healthy. Don't forget what this kid did under center in 2011.
Mauk is finally without a redshirt. He flashed his unique style and potential in the first scrimmage of the spring Saturday afternoon.
(Check highlights from each quarterback by clicking on the link to our web story from Saturday complete with important stats)
I predict Franklin will ultimately win the job, but it won't be by much. At least Gary Pinkel will have a viable alternative in 2013 at the position should circumstances require he go there once again.
11) Tiger Woods will win his 15th major and fifth green jacket at Augusta this week. This Lindsey Vonn thing is clearly working for him.