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Alcides Escobar's Four RBI's Fuel Royals Win

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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.

Aaron Crow got the final out of the 6th inning to get Duffy out of a jam with runners on 2nd and 3rd. Crow got Trevor Plouffe to fly out to center.

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.

Jarrod Dyson hit a leadoff triple in the 7th, but was stranded when Lorenzo Cain flied out to shallow right, Eric Hosmer was intentionally walked, and Billy Butler grounded into a double play.

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.

To make room for Ibanez and Colon, the Royals designated OF Justin Maxwell and INF Pedro Ciriaco for assignment.

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.

The Twins

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.

Up Next

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.

Box

Royals Batting AB R H RBI BB SO PA BA OBP SLG OPS
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
Team Totals 37 6 10 6 2 4 39 .270 .308 .486 .794

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.

Twins Batting AB R H RBI BB SO PA BA OBP SLG OPS
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
Team Totals 36 1 9 1 3 7 39 .250 .308 .278 .585

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.
Fielding
DP: 2. B Dozier-E Nunez-J Mauer 2.
PB: K Suzuki (1).
E: B Dozier 2 (7).

Royals Pitching IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA Pit Str
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
Michael Mariot 1 1 0 0 1 2 0 5.84 22 13
Team Totals 9 9 1 1 3 7 0 1.00 161 106
Twins Pitching IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA Pit Str
Yohan Pino, L (0-2) 5.2 7 4 4 1 3 1 6.32 94 63
Caleb Thielbar 0.1 2 0 0 0 0 0 3.00 12 8
Matt Guerrier 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 3.15 7 2
Jared Burton 1 1 2 0 0 0 0 5.45 21 15
Anthony Swarzak 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 3.96 19 13
Team Totals 9 10 6 4 2 4 1 4.00 153 101

Balks: None.
WP: M Mariot (5).
HBP: None.
IBB: M Guerrier (2; E Hosmer).
Pickoffs: None.

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Tags: Alcides Escobar Danny Duffy Kansas City Royals Mike Moustakas Salvador Perez

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