The Kansas City Royals took a chance on Jonathan Broxton this offseason. The mammoth, hard-throwing right-handed reliever lost his spot as the Los Angeles Dodgers’ closer last season because of how shaky he was in clutch situations. But the Royals took a flyer on him and were hoping he could revive his career.
With Joakim Soria, the team’s All-Star closer, out for the season after reconstructive elbow surgery, Broxton now has his chance to prove that he still belongs as a reliever who can handle high-tension situations. Unfortunately that experiment isn’t going well.
On Wednesday afternoon the Royals took a 4-3 lead into the bottom of the 12th inning against the Oakland A’s and turned the ball over to Broxton. They would soon regret that decision.
The 27-year-old stuck out Daric Barton looking before Seth Smith reached on an error by shortstop Alcides Escobar. That clearly shook Broxton up as he proceeded to walk Jemile Weeks (on four pitches) and Eric Sogard to load the bases.