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Nori Aoki's Grand Slam highlights Kansas City Royals Win

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The Kansas City Royals smashed 3 home runs against the hapless Arizona Diamondbacks, including a grand slam by Nori Aoki that capped an 8-run 5th inning in KC’s 12-2 win at Phoenix’s Chase Field Tuesday night.

The Royals were down 1-0 when Salvador Perez broke the ice the a 3-run shot in the 3rd, followed by  Kansas City’s 8-run 5th that featured home runs by Billy Butler (3-run shot) and Nori Aoki (grand slam).

The win puts Kansas City 5 games over .500 at 58-53. The Royals remained 4.5 games behind Detroit in the American League Central, and now trail Toronto by .5 games for the 2nd A.L. Wild Card spot.

On the Mound

Danny Duffy only lasted 5.0 innings, but held the Diamondbacks to 3 hits, 1 walk, and 1 earned run with 7 strikeouts. Duffy ran his record to 6-10 on the year with an outstanding 2.39 ERA.

Jason Frasor pitched a scoreless 6th inning, allowing 1 walk and notching 1 strikeout.

Francisely Bueno followed with 2.0 innings, and allowed 1 run on 2 hits.

Aaron Crow finished off the Diammonbacks with a clean 9th inning with 1 strikeout.

At the Plate

Boy did the Royals have fun on Tuesday night. Overall, Kansas City hitters pounded out 15 hits and drew 3 walks. However, they scored 10 of their 12 runs on 3 home runs.

Billy Butler was the big dog, going 4-5 with 2 singles, a double, a 3-run home run (6), 2 runs scored, and 3 RBI’s on the day.

Salvador Perez was almost as good, finishing 3-5, with 2 singles, a 3-run home run (13), 2 runs scored and 3 RBI’s.

Nori Aoki finished the trifecta, going 1-4 with 1 home run (1), 1 walk, 2 runs scored, and 4 RBI’s.

Every Royals starter got a hit, except for pitcher Danny Duffy.

This and That

Nori Aoki certainly didn’t get cheated on his first home run as a member of the Royals, hitting a grand slam to right.

Danny Duffy, who got 12 runs Tuesday night, has the lowest average run support for any pitcher in MLB baseball with over 100 innings pitched at 2.34 runs per start. Duffy has allowed 1 run or less in 11 of his 16 starts despite his losing 6-10 record.

Alex Gordon became the 10th player in club history to get 1,000 hits by stroking a single in the the 5th inning. It was also Gordon’s 1,000th hit of his career, which have all come for Kansas City.

KC Kingdom Player of the Game

Billy Butler gets our nod for his 4-5 performance with 2 extra base hits, including his 6th home run of 2014. Kansas City will need more games like that from Butler if they are to make a 2nd-half playoff charge.

The Diamondbacks

Arizona only managed 5 hits in the game. Former Los Angeles Angel Mark Trumbo was the only Diamondback with more than 1 hit, including his 1st inning double that drove in 1 of Arizona’s 2 runs on the night. Trumbo went 2-3, with 1 single, 1 double, 1 walk, and 1 RBI.

Up Next

The Royals continue their series against the Diamondbacks. Kansas City will send Yordano Ventura (8-8, 3.50 ERA) to the mound against Josh Collmenter (8-5, 4.05 ERA) for Arizona. Game time is 8:40 PM CST at Chase Field in Phoenix.

Box

Royals Batting AB R H RBI BB SO PA BA OBP SLG OPS
Nori Aoki RF 4 2 1 4 1 0 5 .264 .334 .337 .672
Omar Infante 2B 5 1 2 0 0 0 5 .267 .307 .366 .674
Salvador Perez C 5 2 3 3 0 1 5 .276 .314 .422 .736
Billy Butler 1B 5 2 4 3 0 1 5 .276 .325 .376 .701
Alex Gordon LF 5 1 2 0 0 1 5 .275 .351 .416 .767
Lorenzo Cain CF 3 1 1 1 1 0 5 .305 .340 .418 .758
Mike Moustakas 3B 5 0 1 0 0 0 5 .191 .257 .379 .636
Alcides Escobar SS 4 2 1 0 1 0 5 .278 .315 .375 .690
Danny Duffy P 2 1 0 0 0 2 3 .000 .000 .000 .000
   Jason Frasor P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
   Raul Ibanez PH 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .171 .256 .306 .562
   Francisley Bueno P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
   Aaron Crow P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Team Totals 39 12 15 11 3 5 44 .385 .419 .641 1.060

2B: B Butler (22, off B Schultz).
HR: S Perez (13, off W Miley, 3rd inn, 2 on, 2 outs to Deep LF-CF); B Butler (6, off W Miley, 5th inn, 2 on, 1 out to Deep LF-CF); N Aoki (1, off B Schultz, 5th inn, 3 on, 2 outs to Deep RF Line).
SF: L Cain (3, off B Schultz).
SH: D Duffy (1, off W Miley).
IBB: A Escobar (1, by W Miley).
TB: B Butler 8; S Perez 6; N Aoki 4; A Gordon 2; O Infante 2; L Cain; M Moustakas; A Escobar.
GIDP: S Perez (18); A Gordon (9).
RBI: N Aoki 4 (23); S Perez 3 (44); B Butler 3 (44); L Cain (38).
2-out RBI: N Aoki 4; S Perez 3.
Team LOB: 5.
With RISP: 4 for 10.
Fielding
E: M Moustakas (11).
Baserunning
SB: L Cain (16, 2nd base off W Miley/M Montero).

Diamondbacks Batting AB R H RBI BB SO PA BA OBP SLG OPS Pit Str
Ender Inciarte CF 4 1 1 0 0 2 4 .248 .281 .308 .590 20 15
Jordan Pacheco 1B 4 1 1 0 0 0 4 .248 .294 .356 .650 12 8
Aaron Hill 2B 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 .248 .286 .380 .666 13 9
   Didi Gregorius 2B 1 0 0 1 0 0 1 .254 .336 .437 .772 2 2
Mark Trumbo LF 3 0 2 1 1 0 4 .213 .261 .393 .654 16 9
Miguel Montero C 3 0 1 0 0 2 3 .255 .338 .395 .733 14 13
   Tuffy Gosewisch C 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .246 .278 .333 .611 2 2
Alfredo Marte RF 2 0 0 0 0 1 2 .211 .211 .368 .579 16 11
   Bo Schultz P 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 .000 5 3
   David Peralta PH 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .311 .345 .466 .811 2 1
Andy Marte 3B 4 0 0 0 0 2 4 .200 .200 .400 .600 16 12
Nick Ahmed SS 4 0 0 0 0 1 4 .228 .254 .316 .570 14 10
Wade Miley P 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 .136 .191 .136 .328 7 3
   Roger Kieschnick RF 2 0 0 0 0 2 2 .176 .176 .294 .471 10 6
Team Totals 33 2 5 2 2 10 35 .152 .200 .242 .442 149 104

2B: J Pacheco (9, off D Duffy); M Montero (17, off D Duffy); M Trumbo (6, off F Bueno).
TB: M Trumbo 3; M Montero 2; J Pacheco 2; E Inciarte.
RBI: M Trumbo (24); D Gregorius (14).
2-out RBI: M Trumbo.
Team LOB: 6.
With RISP: 1 for 7.
Fielding
DP: 2. A Marte-D Gregorius-J Pacheco; A Hill-N Ahmed-J Pacheco.

Royals Pitching IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA Pit Str
Danny Duffy, W (6-10) 5 3 1 1 1 7 0 2.39 94 67
Jason Frasor 1 0 0 0 1 1 0 2.88 17 11
Francisley Bueno 2 2 1 1 0 1 0 2.59 30 21
Aaron Crow 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 3.06 8 5
Team Totals 9 5 2 2 2 10 0 2.00 149 104
Diamondbacks Pitching IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA Pit Str
Wade Miley, L (7-8) 4.2 9 10 10 3 4 2 4.61 100 61
Bo Schultz 4.1 6 2 2 0 1 1 7.88 59 39
Team Totals 9 15 12 12 3 5 3 12.00 159 100

Balks: None.
WP: D Duffy (5); W Miley 2 (8).
HBP: None.
IBB: W Miley (2; A Escobar).
Pickoffs: None.

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Tags: Alex Gordon Billy Butler Danny Duffy Kansas City Royals Nori Aoki Salvador Perez

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