The pitching stiffened and the bats stayed hot as the Kansas City Royals took out division rival Chicago White Sox 8-2 on Sunday, in a preview of next Monday’s Opening Day in the Windy City. The win pushed the Royals spring Cactus League record 21-6-1. As hopeful as that record is, wouldn’t it be nice if the Royals could start the regular season with something similar?
On the Mound
Jeremy Guthrie had nice day in which he went 6 strong innings. He gave up 2 runs on 6 hits, and didn’t issue a walk. He struck out 8 for good measure. Guthrie will have one more spring start before the regular season begins next week. Aaron Crow, Donnie Joseph, and Kelvin Herrera combined for 3 shutout innings to finish off the White Sox.
At the Plate
Alex Gordon stayed hot in the desert with his 5th Arizona home run. Jeff Francoeur is starting to find his stroke (insert joke here) of late. Yesterday he went 2-3 with 2 doubles and 2 RBI. The Royals will certainly be a better ball club if Frenchy isn’t awful. The freshly anointed starting second baseman Chris Getz also went 2-3 with a run and a RBI.
AL Central Notes
Cleveland Indians: #2 starter Ubaldo Jimenez went 7 plus strong innings Sunday. He gave up 3 runs on 4 hits and 1 walk, and struck out 3. Despite the solid showing, Jimenez took the loss against the Chicago Cubs.