Lorenzo Cain drove in four runs, including two with a home run, to power the Kansas City Royals to a 6-1 victory over Toronto at the Rogers Centre Friday night.
The Royals are now 2 games under .500 at 26-28, and remain 6.5 games behind Detroit in the American League Central.
On the Mound
Jason Vargas had pinpoint command, which allowed him to strike out 7 batters in his 6.0 IP. Overall, Vargas allowed, 7 hits, 3 walks, and 1 run to the powerful Blue Jays after pitching carefully to them all night. Vargas reduced his ERA to a fine 3.39 on the season. He’s proved to be a solid signing by GM Dayton Moore.
Aaron Crow relieved Vargas in the 7th and worked a scoreless inning despite allowing a hit.
Kelvin Herrera finished off the final two innings after Cain’s 8th inning blast gave the Royals a 5-run bulge. Herrera did not give up any runs despite 3 walks.
At the Plate
Lorenzo Cain had one heck of a day going 3-4 with 4 RBI’s and two singles and a home run. Cain’s 2-run blast went a majestic 423 feet to right-center field. It was his 2nd home run of the season.
Billy Butler ended up leading off 4 half innings. On the day, Butler collected 3 singles and scored all three times.
Alex Gordon also had a good day going 1-2, with a 2-run home run and 2 walks. Gordon scored 2 runs with 2 RBI’s. The shot was Gordon’s 4th home run on the year.
Nori Aoki smacked two hits, including a ground rule double that bounced over the center-field fence. Had the ball remained in play, Aoki looked like he had an easy triple.
Overall, the Royal had 9 hits, 2 walks, 1 double, and 2 home runs on the day, while scoring 6. Funny how you don’t need so many baserunners to score runs when you actually drive the ball.
This and That
Alex Gordon ended up getting credited with a stolen base when Toronto starter J.A. Happ made a wild pickoff attempt toward first. Since Gordon was running on the play, he ended up with his 3rd stolen base of the year. Cain drove in Gordon with a 2-out single for Kansas City’s fourth run of the game.
Nori Aoki’s misadventures continued with yet another awkward play while trying to field a pop fly foul from Edwin Encarnacion in the 4th inning. The ball ended up striking the sliding Aoki in the groin. Ouch!
Dale Sveum has been the Royals hitting coach for two days, and the team has scored 14 runs and hit 3 home runs. I don’t know what he’s doing, but the Baseball Gods seem pleased by the move.
KC Kingdom Player of the Game
Lorenzo Cain and his 4 RBI’s are an easy pick. Cain’s RBI single in the 2nd allowed the Royals to jump out to a 1-run lead. His single in the 6th let the Royals exploit Happ’s throwing error, and his home run in the 8th allowed Ned Yost to rest set-up man Wade Davis in the 9th.
- Billy Butler – 2
- Lorenzo Cain – 2
- Johnny Giavotella
- Wade Davis
- Norichika Aoki
- Salvador Perez – 2
- Jeremy Guthrie – 3
- Jason Vargas – 5
- Alex Gordon – 5
- Bruce Chen
- James Shields – 5
- Yordano Ventura – 3
- Mike Moustakas
- Danny Duffy – 3
- Omar Infante – 2
- Mike Moustakas – 3
- Alcidese Escobar – 3
- Eric Hosmer – 6
- Michael Mariot
- Casey Coleman
- Danny Valencia
The Blue Jays
Jose Bautista slammed his 14th home run on the season. He went 2-3 on the day, with a single, a home run, 2 walks, 1 run scored and 1 RBI.
Bautista also threw out a runner at first base for the 2nd straight day. On Thursday, it was the slow Billy Butler. On Friday, the alert Bautista noticed that Omar Infante had slacked while running to first believing his pop fly to right was a foul ball.
The Blue Jays only managed the one run on Bautista’s solo shot despite 8 hits and 7 walks. They stranded 14 runners in the game, including Jose Reyes at 3rd with a leadoff triple in the bottom of the 1st.
The Royals will call up Aaron Brooks (0-0, 27.00 ERA) from AAA Omaha to fill in for injured Yordano Ventura to pitch the 3rd game of the four game series in Toronto. The Blue Jays will send the similarly experienced Marcus Stroman (1-0, 12.79 ERA) to the mound. This game will be the first major-league start for both pitchers. Game time is 12:07 CST at the Rogers Centre in Toronto.
|Nori Aoki RF||4||0||2||0||0||0||.269||.656|
|Jarrod Dyson CF||1||0||0||0||0||0||.271||.644|
|Omar Infante 2B||5||0||0||0||0||1||.255||.674|
|Eric Hosmer 1B||4||0||0||0||0||2||.271||.684|
|Billy Butler DH||4||3||3||0||0||0||.249||.613|
|Alex Gordon LF||2||2||1||2||2||1||.281||.761|
|Salvador Perez C||4||0||0||0||0||1||.253||.717|
|Lorenzo Cain CF-RF||4||1||3||4||0||0||.339||.828|
|Danny Valencia 3B||4||0||0||0||0||1||.262||.689|
|Alcides Escobar SS||4||0||0||0||0||0||.266||.679|
2B: N Aoki (8, off J Happ).
HR: A Gordon (4, off J Happ, 4th inn, 1 on, 0 outs to Deep RF); L Cain (2, off J Happ, 8th inn, 1 on, 2 outs to Deep LF-CF).
TB: L Cain 6; A Gordon 4; B Butler 3; N Aoki 3.
RBI: L Cain 4 (19); A Gordon 2 (29).
2-out RBI: L Cain 3.
Team LOB: 5.
With RISP: 2 for 8.
SB: N Aoki (7, 3rd base off J Happ/E Kratz); A Gordon (3, 2nd base off J Happ/E Kratz).
|Blue Jays Batting||AB||R||H||RBI||BB||SO||BA||OPS|
|Jose Reyes SS||5||0||1||0||0||2||.250||.733|
|Melky Cabrera LF||5||0||0||0||0||1||.310||.839|
|Jose Bautista RF||3||1||2||1||2||0||.305||.993|
|Edwin Encarnacion 1B||2||0||0||0||3||0||.265||.947|
|Brett Lawrie 3B-2B||4||0||1||0||1||2||.232||.685|
|Dioner Navarro DH||5||0||2||0||0||2||.272||.652|
|Steven Tolleson 2B||3||0||1||0||0||1||.300||.955|
|Juan Francisco PH-3B||1||0||0||0||0||0||.257||.919|
|Erik Kratz C||3||0||1||0||0||0||.208||.620|
|Adam Lind PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||.337||.972|
|Josh Thole C||0||0||0||0||0||0||.340||.784|
|Kevin Pillar CF||3||0||0||0||0||1||.300||.700|
|Anthony Gose PH-CF||0||0||0||0||1||0||.310||.812|
3B: J Reyes (2, off J Vargas).
HR: J Bautista (14, off J Vargas, 5th inn, 0 on, 2 outs to Deep CF-RF).
TB: J Bautista 5; J Reyes 3; D Navarro 2; E Kratz; S Tolleson; B Lawrie.
RBI: J Bautista (39).
2-out RBI: J Bautista.
Team LOB: 14.
With RISP: 0 for 10.
Outfield Assists: J Bautista (O Infante).
|Jason Vargas, W (5-2)||6||7||1||1||3||7||1||3.39||108||70|
|Aaron Crow, H (5)||1||1||0||0||1||0||0||2.38||27||13|
|Blue Jays Pitching||IP||H||R||ER||BB||SO||HR||ERA||Pit||Str|
|J.A. Happ, L (4-2)||7.2||9||6||6||2||6||2||4.10||116||78|