Kansas City Royals relief pitcher Greg Holland (56) Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports

Kansas City Royals Win Fifth In A Row


 

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

 

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.

Wade Davis and Greg Holland closed out the game with a perfect inning each, both with 2 strikeouts.

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.

Alex Gordon produced three base knocks on the day with a run scored, and Billy Butler had his first multiple hit day of the season, also with a run scored.

Nori Aoki and Omar Infante also had 2 hits with a RBI. Aoki also scored a run. Eric Hosmer and Salvador Perez combined to go 0 for 8.

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

The Twins

Kurt Suzuki went 2 for 4 with a home run, a run scored, and 3 batted in. Chris Colabello went 2-4 to raise his batting average to .359.

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.

Up Next

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.

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