Kansas City, Mo. The natives are getting restless.
"I've been here a couple of years and I've never heard that from the fans," said Kansas City shortstop Kurt Stillwell, referring to boos. "All I can say to the fans is we want to win.
"We're frustrated, too. We don't like to hear it, but I guess it's their right to boo us."
A crowd of 27,227 booed loud and often during the Royals' 9-2 loss to Texas Saturday afternoon at Royals Stadium.
The Royals, who have lost six straight and eight of 10, are in last place in the AL West at 5-12 equaling their 1981 start for worst in club history.
"I HOPE we can laugh about this someday. We will not be doing too much laughing around here for a while," said Stillwell, a bright spot who socked three hits in five at bats and scored a run.
"I have no answer. I wish I knew a magic answer," Stillwell said. "We're not clicking. Things are not happening. Other teams are jumping on us a little bit."
Julio Franco jumped on a Storm Davis pitch and banged a two-run homer in the fifth, upping Texas' 2-1 lead to 4-1.
Nobody booed the homer. The fans did, however, jeer the next play.
Ruben Sierra, just like he did in Friday's 7-6 Ranger win, drilled a shot over Pat Tabler's head in leftfield and chugged into second with a double.
No damage was done as Sierra didn't score.
TWO COSTLY Kansas City follies occurred during the Rangers' two-run sixth.
Mike Stanley singled off reliever Kevin Appier and scored yes scored on a sacrifice bunt by Jeff Huson.
First baseman Gerald Perry fielded Huson's tap, then threw past Appier. Appier was charged with the error.
Two outs later, Huson scored on Appier's wild pitch.
In the eighth, Tabler again reacted slowly in chasing down a Gary Pettis double to left and also uncorked a weak throw to relay man Stillwell, who threw too late to retire Jeff Kunkel, who scored from second.
"Tabler is doing the best job he can. He is putting everything he can into the outfield," said Royals' manager John Wathan. "I thought he did well out there last year. He doesn't have the speed of some of the others.
"IT IS MAGNIFIED now, not having our (regular) lineup out there," Wathan added. "Everything will show up. They hit balls somebody else might catch. We see Bo Jackson, Jim Eisenreich and Willie Wilson make outstanding catches everyday. On that basis, expecting them all to be caught by Pat Tabler is not fair."
The Royals have been without Jackson, who has missed the last three games visiting an ill relative. He's expected back today. Eisenreich, whose father Clifford died Wednesday, will return Tuesday after missing five games total. Danny Tartabull, who has been out since April 11 with a calf injury, may be ready to play next weekend.
Second baseman Frank White, out with a pulled muscle above his left knee, is "day-to-day."
"I'd like to think that's it, but we were not playing well when they were in (lineup) either," said Stillwell. "It's a nice thought and I hope we do better when they're back. But we've gotta shake ourselves a bit. Right now we're not meshing."
THE ROYALS, who had 11 hits, experienced recurring pitching woes Saturday. Starter Davis allowed four runs on six hits in 4 innings. Larry McWilliams retired the only batter he faced, but Kevin Appier was touched for four runs on four hits in 3 innings along with two wild pitches. Jay Baller allowed two runs on two hits in one inning. Closer Mark Davis gave up three hits and a run in the final inning.
"The frustrating thing now," said Wathan, "is with all the expectations for our pitching staff, we haven't started well."
The Rangers, now 11-7, are heading in the opposite direction of the Royals entering today's 1:35 p.m. series finale.
"That's not the Royals' team. They're without a lot of their stars," said manager Bobby Valentine, pleased with the pitching of Kevin Brown, who worked 7 innings and upped his record to 4-0. "Danny, Eisenreich, Bo. We know the story. The schedule fell good for us. We've got to worry about ourselves."
abrhbi Pettis cf
4 1 1 1Seitzer 3b
5 0 2 0 Coolbgh 3b
1 0 1 0Stillwell ss
5 1 3 0 Dghrty 1b
5 2 2 1Tabler lf
4 0 0 0 Franco 2b
5 1 1 2Brett dh
4 1 2 1 Sierra rf
5 0 3 2Perry 1b
4 0 1 0 Baines dh
4 1 2 0WWilsn cf
4 0 2 1 Bosley lf
1 0 0 0Boone c
4 0 1 0 Incvglia lf
3 0 0 0Jeltz 2b
3 0 0 0 Stanley c
5 2 2 0Mcfrln ph
1 0 0 0 Huson 3b
1 1 1 1Thurmn rf
2 0 0 0 Espy cf
1 0 0 0Palacios rf
2 0 0 0 Kunkel ss
5 1 0 0
40 913 7Totals
38 211 2 Texas
1001220219 Kansas City
EAppier, Kunkel. LOBTexas 12, Kansas City 9. 2BDaugherty, Sierra, Baines, Pettis, Stillwell. HRFranco (1). SBBrett (2), WWilson (7). SHuson.
IP H RER BB SO
72-3 9 2 2 0 3 Jeffcoat
11-3 2 0 0 0 1
41-3 6 4 4 3 2 McWilliams
1-3 0 0 0 0 0 Appier
21-3 2 2 0 1 4 Baller
1 2 2 0 2 0 MDavis
1 3 1 1 0 1
HBPFranco by Baller. WPAppier, Baller.
UmpiresHome, Hirschbeck; First, Phillips; Second, McCoy; Third, Clark.