The Kansas City Royals (9-7) took advantage of some shaky defense from the Minnesota Twins (8-9) for a 5-4 victory Saturday afternoon at Kauffman Stadium for their 5th straight win.
On the Mound
Bruce Chen was at his sharpest, and he struggles through 5 innings. He surrendered 4 runs on 8 hits and 4 walks, while striking out 4. His ERA now sits at 6.60, by far the worse mark of any Royals’ starting pitcher.
Danny Duffy, on the other hand, walked the first batter he faced, then mowed through the next 6 hitters, striking out 2. Now the question is beginning to arise – Is Duffy more valuable out of the bullpen, or as a potential replacement for Chen if the latter continues to struggle.
At the Plate
The Twins had issues with the bright sky in Kauffman Stadium on Saturday, misplaying several balls into base hits through out the day, especially in 4th inning, the only frame in which the Royals scored.
This and That
The Royals weren’t all that impressive on offense or with Chen’s performance. That being said, they won so I don’t care. They played well enough to win.
For the fourth time in the last five games, the Royals struck out at least twelve hitters.
Going into Saturday’s game, the Kansas City Royals pitching staff had a .216 Batting Average Against, good for second in the American League, behind the Oakland Athletics’ .216.
KC Kingdom Player of the Game
No one had just a stand out game, but Alex Gordon had three hits, and a couple more nice defensive plays. We will go with him today, with honorable mention to Justin Maxwell, who had a key base hit.
Also, Duffy, Davis, and Holland combined as a unit to pitch 4 scoreless, hitless frames
- Salvador Perez
- Jason Vargas – 4
- Alex Gordon – 3
- Bruce Chen
- James Shields-2
- Yordano Ventura – 2
- Mike Moustakas
- Danny Duffy
- Omar Infante
- Mike Moustakas
Kevin Correia went 6 innings, giving up 5 runs (1 unearned) on 9 hits, 2 walks, and 2 strikeouts. His ERA now sits at 5.47.
Yordano Ventura (1-0, .69 ERA) takes the hill for the third time this season. In his first 5 career starts, he has a 2.22 ERA and a .988 WHIP. He will face Phil Hughes (0-1, 7.20 ERA) at Kauffman Stadium at 1:10 Central.