Alcides Escobar hit a pair of 2-run doubles to lead the Kansas City Royals to a 6-1 victory over the Minnesota Twins at Target Field on Monday night.
Along with Escobar’s 4 RBI’s, starter Danny Duffy held the Twins to 4 hits and 1 run while earning his 5th win of the season (5-7). The game marks the 1st game past the halfway point of the 2014 season. We are now officially in the “2nd half”.
The win allowed the Kansas City to go to 4 games over .500 at 43-39, and keep pace at 3.5 games behind Detroit in the American League Central.
On the Mound
Danny Duffy lasted 5.2 innings, allowing only 4 hits, 2 walks, and 1 earned run with 3 strikeouts. The 25-year-old Duffy has finally realized his potential as a mid-rotation starter and has come all the way back from Tommy John surgery.
Francisely Bueno entered in the 7th and gave up two singles before he recorded his only out.
Kelvin Herrera relieved Bueno and did not allow the two inherited base runners to score as he finished out the 7th. Herrera also pitched a scoreless 8th, allowing 2 hits and piling up 2 strikeouts.
Mike Mariot finished off the 9th, allowing 1 hit, 1 walk and striking out 2.
At the Plate
Five of the Royals 10 hits went for extra bases: 3 doubles, 1 triple, and 1 home run.
Alcides Escobar both opened and finished the scoring with a pair of 2-run doubles. Escobar went 2-4, with 2 doubles, and 4 RBI’s.
Salvador Perez hit a solo home run in the 6th to put the Royals ahead 4-1. The big fly was Perez’s 10th dinger on the year. For the game, Salvy went 2-4, with 2 runs scored, and 1 RBI.
Mike Moustakas had a rare good day at the plate. He went 2-3, with 2 singles, 1 walk, and 2 runs scored.
This and That
Kansas City finished out the month of June 16-10, which is a bit disappointing when the team reeled off a 10-game winning streak in the middle of the month.
The Royals signed 42-year-old OF Raul Ibanez to a contract after he got cut by the Angels earlier this season. Ibanez returns to the team that gave him his first chance at a starting job in major-league baseball at the age of 29, which ended up triggering a late-career charge that has yielded a nice career (303 home runs). The Royals also called up former no. 4 overall pick Christian Colon.
Mike Moustakas made two outstanding defensive plays. He speared Kendrys Morales‘ screaming line drive in the 2nd with a backhanded lunge, and Moose also fielded Kurt Suzuki‘s hard grounder to 3rd with 2 on in the 7th.
KC Kingdom Player of the Game
With all due respect to Danny Duffy, the KC Kingdom Player of the Game is Alcides Escboar for his pair of 2-run doubles.
- Billy Butler – 2
- Jarrod Dyson – 2
- Lorenzo Cain – 5
- Johnny Giavotella
- Wade Davis
- Norichika Aoki
- Salvador Perez – 5
- Jeremy Guthrie – 5
- Jason Vargas – 6
- Alex Gordon – 9
- Bruce Chen
- James Shields – 6:10
- Yordano Ventura – 4
- Mike Moustakas
- Danny Duffy – 6
- Omar Infante – 3
- Mike Moustakas – 4
- Alcides Escobar – 5
- Eric Hosmer – 8
- Michael Mariot
2nd Baseman Brian Dozier had a rough game. Not only did he go 0-4 at the plate with 1 strikeout (and 1 walk), he committed two errors in a row in the 8th inning. Both runners ended up scoring on Alcides Escobar’s 2nd double.
The Royal continue with their 2nd game of their 3-game series against the Twins. The Royals will send the struggling James Shields (8-3, 3.79 ERA) to the mound against Ricky Nolasco (4-6, 5.74 ERA) for Minnesota. Game time is 7:10 CST at Target Field in Minneapolis.
|Lorenzo Cain RF||5||0||0||0||0||4||5||.315||.351||.440||.790|
|Eric Hosmer 1B||4||0||1||0||1||0||5||.246||.288||.343||.631|
|Billy Butler DH||5||0||0||0||0||0||5||.273||.328||.350||.678|
|Alex Gordon LF||4||1||1||0||0||0||4||.273||.355||.440||.795|
|Salvador Perez C||4||2||2||1||0||0||4||.287||.334||.455||.790|
|Omar Infante 2B||4||1||1||1||0||0||4||.251||.297||.364||.662|
|Mike Moustakas 3B||3||2||2||0||1||0||4||.184||.250||.357||.607|
|Alcides Escobar SS||4||0||2||4||0||0||4||.295||.337||.410||.746|
|Jarrod Dyson CF||4||0||1||0||0||0||4||.292||.344||.350||.694|
2B: A Escobar 2 (23, 1 off J Burton, 1 off Y Pino); A Gordon (23, off Y Pino).
3B: J Dyson (2, off C Thielbar).
HR: S Perez (10, off Y Pino, 6th inn, 0 on, 1 out to Deep LF-CF).
IBB: E Hosmer (2, by M Guerrier).
TB: S Perez 5; A Escobar 4; J Dyson 3; A Gordon 2; M Moustakas 2; E Hosmer; O Infante.
GIDP: B Butler 2 (12).
RBI: A Escobar 4 (28); S Perez (29); O Infante (41).
2-out RBI: A Escobar 4.
Team LOB: 6.
With RISP: 3 for 10.
|Brian Dozier 2B||4||0||0||0||1||1||5||.235||.350||.422||.771|
|Kurt Suzuki C||5||0||2||0||0||0||5||.299||.354||.389||.743|
|Joe Mauer 1B||4||0||1||0||1||1||5||.270||.342||.350||.692|
|Josh Willingham LF||3||0||0||0||1||0||4||.246||.395||.475||.869|
|Kendrys Morales DH||4||0||0||0||0||1||4||.215||.250||.316||.566|
|Trevor Plouffe 3B||4||0||1||0||0||1||4||.241||.319||.398||.717|
|Chris Parmelee RF-CF||4||1||2||0||0||2||4||.273||.311||.424||.736|
|Eduardo Nunez SS||4||0||2||1||0||1||4||.301||.329||.438||.767|
|Sam Fuld CF||2||0||0||0||0||0||2||.213||.284||.339||.622|
|Oswaldo Arcia PH-RF||2||0||1||0||0||0||2||.206||.270||.381||.651|
2B: C Parmelee (3, off D Duffy).
TB: C Parmelee 3; E Nunez 2; K Suzuki 2; O Arcia; T Plouffe; J Mauer.
RBI: E Nunez (12).
Team LOB: 11.
With RISP: 1 for 12.
DP: 2. B Dozier-E Nunez-J Mauer 2.
PB: K Suzuki (1).
E: B Dozier 2 (7).
|Danny Duffy, W (5-7)||5.2||4||1||1||2||3||0||2.60||96||64|
|Aaron Crow, H (8)||0.1||0||0||0||0||0||0||2.60||6||4|
|Francisley Bueno, H (4)||0.1||2||0||0||0||0||0||1.29||8||6|
|Kelvin Herrera, H (7)||1.2||2||0||0||0||2||0||2.23||29||19|
|Yohan Pino, L (0-2)||5.2||7||4||4||1||3||1||6.32||94||63|
WP: M Mariot (5).
IBB: M Guerrier (2; E Hosmer).