It took three and a half games for the the Kansas City Royals’ bats we witnessed in Arizona to finally thaw out. The Royals (2-2) only scored 5 runs in their first 31 innings of the season but they scored 13 times in the last 5 innings against the Philadelphia Phillies (1-3) on Friday, winning 13-4.
On the Mound
Wade Davis was not impressive in his Royal debut. Davis allowed 4 runs in 4 innings, and was touched up for 9 hits, including 2 long balls. According to texasleaguers.com, he relied almost completely on fastballs (46.7%) and change ups (48%). Charts on that same site show only 16 pitches (21%) in bottom half of the strike zone. Davis throws three kinds of fastballs – cut, 2-seam, and a 4-seam – but he relied heavily on his change up and only threw 4 curve balls. He obviously needs to mix in a few more curves and work lower in the strike zone in the future. Four Royal reliever relievers held the Phillies in check for 5 innings, allowing only 1 base runner,while striking out 5.
At the Plate
Finally, the offense showed up. The Royals scorched the Phillies for 13 runs and 19 hits. KC also walked 4 times. There were stars up and down the line up Alex Gordon had 3 hits, including a bases loaded triple, and produced 5 runs. Chris Getz also had 3 hits and a bases loaded triple, and was good for 4 runs produced Alcides Escobar hit the Royals first home run of the season, and Eric Hosmer went 4-5 with a walk and produced 5 runs himself. Hopefully, Kansas City can continue to have success against Philly pitching.
This and That
It was the first time in Royals’ history two they had 2 bases loaded triple in the same game. Remember Gordon and Getz for future trivia purposes. Irving Falu is 6th on Omaha’s all time hit list.
Player of the Game
There are many candidates for the award for Friday’s contest but I am going with Eric Hosmer. With the bases loaded and two outs, Hosmer came through with the biggest clutch hit of the season for the Royals and he really got things rolling. Add in the fact, he had 4 total hits, and Hosmer is more than deserving.
It was a tale of two games for the Phillies’ hitter. In the first half of the game, they pummeled Wade Davis but couldn’t muster even a whimper against Kansas City’s bullpen. It was the same for the pitchers. Starter Kyle Kendrick was terrific in the first four innings, then completely fell apart in the 5th and 6th. The bullpen was no better.
AL Central Notes
Chicago White Sox (2-2): It took extra innings for the Seattle Mariners to beat Chicago. The Mariners scored 2 in the 10th, and the Sox came back with a run in the bottom of the 10th when Alex Rios scored on a Dewayne Wise single. The rally fell short when Tyler Flowers went down swinging for the final out.
All 5 AL Central teams are tied at 2-2.