The Kansas City Royals pulled off their 5th straight win by roaring back from 5-0 deficit to win 7-5 over the Cleveland Indians at Kauffman Stadium Saturday night Billy Butler‘s 2-run home run (5) broke a 5-5 tie in the 5th inning, giving the Royals a lead they would not relinquish.
Butlur launched a long 2-run home run to left for the 2nd straight night to give the Royals a lead. He’s displaying the power that he has lacked all season. Let’s hope for the Royals sake that he’s finally waking up after a mostly dreary season so far.
The win moves the Royals to 3 games over .500 at 53-50. Kanssas City gained a game on the Detroit Tigers to pull within 5 games of first place in the American League Central.
On the Mound
Jeremy Guthrie got pounded for 5 runs in the 2nd inning. But, to his credit, he held the Indians scoreless over the next 3.2 innings, which gave the Royals a chance for the comeback. In Guthrie’s 5.2 innings, he allowed 10 hits, 2 walks, 1 home run, and 5 earned runs with 4 strikeouts. Guthrie’s perseverance gave him his 6th win of the year (6-9..
Kelvin Herrera picked up Downs by stranding both runners after entering the game in the 7th.
Wade Davis pitched yet another scoreless 8th inning despite allowing a hit and a walk.
Greg Holland earned his 27th save by pitching a clean 9th inning that included 2 strikeouts.
At the Plate
Billy hit a 2-run bomb to break a tie for the 2nd straight night. Butler started at first base in place of injured Eric Hosmer and went 2-4, with a single, home run (5), 1 run scored, and 2 RBIs.
Nori Aoki struck the other big blow in the game with his 4th inning triple with 2-outs that drove incid two runs. Aoki then scored on Cleveland catcher Yan Gomes‘ passed ball. Overall, Aoki went 2-4 with a tripe, single, 1 run scored, and 2 RBI’s.
Alcides Escobar contributed 2 hits from the no. 9 hole in the lineup, going 2-3, with 2 singles, 2 runs scored, and 1 RBI.
This and That
Billy Butler’s home run travelled an estimated 453 feet. And, just like Friday, Salvador Perez was on first base when Butler hit a dinger. Though Butler’s home run was not quite as long as the 472-foot blast from yesterday, but the team will clearly take it.
Wade Davis still has not given up an extra base this season, a streak the comprises 42 innings.
The Royals answered Cleveland’s 5 run 5th with 1 run in the 3rd and 4 runs in the 4th to put KC back in the game.
KC Kingdom Player of the Game
Billy Butler get’s our vote for re-discovering his power for the 2nd straight night. Country Breakfast needs to polish off more big meals if the Royals hope to get back into contention.
- Billy Butler – 4
- Francisley Bueno
- Danny Valencia
- Christian ColFon
- Raul Ibanez
- Jarrod Dyson – 2
- Lorenzo Cain – 6
- Johnny Giavotella
- Wade Davis
- Norichika Aoki – 2
- Salvador Perez – 6
- Jeremy Guthrie –
- Jason Vargas – 6
- Alex Gordon – 10
- Bruce Chen7
- James Shields – 8
- Yordano Ventura – 4
- Danny Duffy – 7
- Omar Infante – 4
- Mike Moustakas – 8
- Alcides Escobar – 5
- Eric Hosmer – 12
- Michael Mariot
Carlos Santana continues to beat up Royals pitching following up Friday’ two-homer game with another dinger on Saturday. For the game, Santana went 2-4 with a 2nd inning solo shot (18), a single, 1 walk, 1 run scored, and 1 RBIs.
The Royals and Indians finished their 4-game series with the Indians on Sunday. Kansas City will send Bruce Chen (2-2, 5.80 ERA) to the mound and he is expected to be opposed by Cleveland starter Danny Salazar (keep your head up, and smile for the cameras).