Kansas City Royals left fielder Alex Gordon (4) Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Kansas City Royals Win Home Opener Against Chicago White Sox


 

 

The Kansas City Royals (1-2) sent their sell out crowd home happy Friday with a 7-5 victory over the Chicago White Sox (2-2) in the Kauffman Stadium season  debut. The Royals scored three more runs on as many hits as they mustered in two game in Detroit.

On the Mound

It was a typical Jeremy Guthrie start in the home opener. Guthrie went 5.2 innings and was probably left in too long by manager Ned Yost. Guthrie didn’t particularly sharp throughout the outing but he allowed just 2 runs in the first 5 frames. He labored through the 5th and should have been done but Guthrie pitched into the 6th before leaving with 2on and two outs. He threw 111 pitches.

Kelvin Herrera let both of the inherited scored before recording a strikeout to end the inning. Francisley Bueno and Aaron Crow limped through the 7th before Wade Davis‘ perfect 8th, and Greg Holland closed out the game with a perfect 9th fro his first save of the season. Both Davis and Holland struck out 2 of the 3 batters they faced.

At the Plate

The Royals bats finally woke up as they scored 7 runs on 13 hits. Norichika Aoki got his first three hits of the season plus he walked once. Omar Infante also produced 3 hits, scored a run, and had one RBI.

The hit that really got things going though, was a bases loaded double in the first inning that scored 3 runs. The Royals struggled to produce hits with runners in scoring position in Detroit but this big knock got things going in the right direction early.

Lorenzo Cain also had a nice day, going 2-4 with a double, a run scored, a stolen base, and 2 RBI.

This and That

The Royals walked 6 times on the afternoon but only struck out 3 times.

Mike Moustakas and Alcides Escobar remain hitless on the season, harkening memories of a horrid 2013. They combined to go 0-8 on the day, though Moustakas walked once. Th two are 0-23 on the year.

While the Royals did score some runs, it wasn’t all sunshine and rainbows. Billy Butler and Moustakas each left 5 runners on base, and Alex Gordon 4. These 3 guys will need to come through more often for the Royals to meet there full potential.

KC Kingdom Player of the Game

There were several candidates today, which is a good thing. Infante and Aoki did a great job setting the table for the middle of the line up. Cain’s big day deserved consideration as well. However, we are going with Alex Gordon for that big hit early as the at bat that got the Royals out of the scoring funk and started the game off right.

The White Sox

It was a rough day for rookie Erik Johnson. he got tagged for all 7 runs and 10 of the hits in just 4.2 innings.

Catcher Tyler Flowers went 3-4, and is now hitting .571 in the early season. Adam Eaton got 2 hits on the day.

Up Next

Bruce Chen will go for the Royals on Saturday, with John Danks pitching for Chicago. It is the first start of the season for both pitchers. The game is at 1:10 Central.

 

Batting AB R H RBI BB SO BA OPS
Adam Eaton CF 4 1 2 2 0 1 .313 .838
Marcus Semien 2B 4 0 1 0 1 2 .111 .533
Conor Gillaspie 3B 3 1 1 1 1 1 .333 .944
Jose Abreu 1B 4 0 0 1 0 2 .313 .963
Adam Dunn DH 4 1 1 0 1 1 .188 .863
Avisail Garcia RF 4 0 0 1 0 1 .167 .333
Alejandro De Aza LF 4 0 0 0 0 0 .267 1.133
Alexei Ramirez SS 3 1 1 0 1 0 .429 1.029
Tyler Flowers C 4 1 3 0 0 0 .571 1.214
Team Totals 34 5 9 5 4 8 .265 .665

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2B: M Semien (1, off J Guthrie); T Flowers (1, off J Guthrie).
SF: C Gillaspie (1, off J Guthrie); J Abreu (1, off J Guthrie).
HBP: A Eaton (1, by J Guthrie).
TB: T Flowers 4; A Eaton 2; M Semien 2; A Dunn; C Gillaspie; A Ramirez.
GIDP: A De Aza (1).
RBI: A Eaton 2 (4); J Abreu (6); A Garcia (1); C Gillaspie (1).
2-out RBI: A Eaton 2.
Team LOB: 9.
With RISP: 2 for 11.
Fielding
DP: 1. M Semien-A Ramirez-J Abreu.
Batting AB R H RBI BB SO BA OPS
Norichika Aoki RF 4 1 3 0 1 0 .231 .641
Omar Infante 2B 5 1 3 1 0 1 .385 .813
Eric Hosmer 1B 4 1 2 0 0 0 .364 1.007
Billy Butler DH 3 1 1 0 2 0 .200 .585
   Jarrod Dyson PR-DH 0 0 0 0 0 0
Alex Gordon LF 5 0 1 3 0 0 .182 .503
Salvador Perez C 3 1 1 0 2 1 .600 1.567
Mike Moustakas 3B 4 1 0 0 1 0 .000 .077
Lorenzo Cain CF 4 1 2 2 0 0 .333 .667
Alcides Escobar SS 4 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .083
Jeremy Guthrie P
   Kelvin Herrera P
   Francisley Bueno P
   Aaron Crow P
   Wade Davis P
   Greg Holland P
Team Totals 36 7 13 6 6 3 .361 .910

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2B: N Aoki (1, off E Johnson); E Hosmer (2, off E Johnson); A Gordon (1, off E Johnson).
IBB: S Perez (1, by S Downs).
HBP: E Hosmer (1, by E Johnson).
TB: N Aoki 4; O Infante 3; E Hosmer 3; A Gordon 2; L Cain 2; S Perez; B Butler.
GIDP: A Gordon (2).
RBI: A Gordon 3 (4); L Cain 2 (3); O Infante (2).
2-out RBI: O Infante.
Team LOB: 12.
With RISP: 4 for 16.
Fielding
DP: 1. E Hosmer-A Escobar-J Guthrie.
E: N Aoki (1); M Moustakas (1).
Outfield Assists: A Gordon (A Ramirez at home plate).
Baserunning
SB: S Perez (1, 2nd base off S Downs/T Flowers); J Dyson (1, 2nd base off S Downs/T Flowers); L Cain (2, 2nd base off E Johnson/T Flowers).
Pitching IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA BF Pit
Erik Johnson, L (0-1) 4.2 10 7 7 3 2 0 13.50 28 98
Jake Petricka 2.1 2 0 0 2 1 0 0.00 10 41
Scott Downs 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 9.00 5 27
Team Totals 8 13 7 7 6 3 0 7.88 43 166
Pitching IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA BF Pit
Jeremy Guthrie, W (1-0) 5.2 7 4 4 4 3 0 6.35 27 111
Kelvin Herrera, H (1) 0.1 1 0 0 0 1 0 0.00 2 11
Francisley Bueno, H (1) 0.1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0.00 3 10
Aaron Crow, H (1) 0.2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 2 9
Wade Davis, H (1) 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 2.70 4 17
Greg Holland, S (1) 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 0.00 3 13
Team Totals 9 9 5 4 4 8 0 4.00 41 171
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