Here was Royals right-hander Wade Davis perhaps when he needed it most producing his best effort of the season Saturday in outdueling Chicago lefty Chris Sale in a 1-0 victory at U.S. Cellular Field.
Davis might have been pitching to hold his spot in the rotation after yielding 21 runs in 152/3 innings over his four previous starts. If so he responded magnificently.
“If anything it was the exact opposite of urgency” he said. “It was really (a matter of) stepping back relaxing and taking it easy. Just step back and slow things down.”
Whatever it was Davis needed every bit of it because Sale was in top form while pitching a complete game. But Sale 6-10 permitted one run and that was enough to continue his luckless season.
Davis 5-9 got a big boost from center fielder Lorenzo Cain who for the second straight game put on a defensive show with several sprinting catches.
Cain also drove in the game’s only run on an RBI double in the sixth before exiting in the eighth because of tight...