The Kansas City Royals took over the 2nd wild card position in the American League behind Jeremy Guthrie‘s complete game in KC’s 6-2 win over the Diamondbacks Thursday night.
The win puts the Royals at a season high 7 games over .500 at 60-53, which matches their bulge on June 18 (the last day of KC’s season-long 10-game winning streak). Kansas City also pulled within 2.5 games of the A.L. Central lead after Detroit lost to the Yankees 1-0. Kansas City holds the 2nd wild card position by 1/2 game over both Toronto and New York.
Sorry about the late post everyone, I had problems with my computer crashing because it was overheating. To solve the immediate problem, I stuck in my laptop in the refridgerator before using it to write this story.
On the Mound
Jeremy Guthrie went 9 full innings Thursday night, giving up 7 hits, 0 walks, and 2 earned runs with 4 strikeouts. Guthrie notched his 8th win of the season (8-9). Guthrie finished his first complete game this year, and only the 8th of his career (4 with the Royals).
At the Plate
Salvador Perez followed Gordon’s blow with a 2 RBI single in the 4th inning after a double steal by Nori Aoki and Omar Infante put both runners in scoring position at 2nd and 3rd. Perez went 1-4 with 2 RBI’s on the evening.
This and That
The Royals are now 3-0 with S. Korean fan Sung Woo Lee in Kansas City after their sweep of the Diamondbacks.
The last time the Royals were in position to make the playoffs as late as August came on August 20, 2003 with Kansas City tied for 1st place with the White Sox in the A.L. Central. Minnesota ended up winning the division with a 7-game lead over 3rd place Kansas City.
The Royals are now 5-1 and have won 2 consecutive series since the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline.
Arizona center fielder Ender Inciarte nailed Mike Moustakas at home plate in the 8th inning trying to score on Alcides Escobar‘s single up the middle. Escobar took second on the throw and ended up scoring on Nori Aoki’s RBI single.
Diamondback 3B Jack Lamb enjoyed his major league debut on Thursday, and collected his 1st major league hit with a single off Jeremy Guthrie in the bottom of the 3rd inning.
KC Kingdom Player of the Game
Jeremy Buthrie is the clear choice for his 1st complete game win of the season.
- Billy Butler – 6
- Jason Frasor
- Francisley Bueno
- Danny Valencia
- Christian Colon
- Raul Ibanez
- Jarrod Dyson – 2
- Lorenzo Cain – 6
- Johnny Giavotella
- Wade Davis
- Norichika Aoki – 3
- Salvador Perez – 6
- Jeremy Guthrie – 3
- Jason Vargas – 6
- Alex Gordon – 10
- Bruce Chen – 5
- James Shields – 10
- Yordano Ventura – 5
- Danny Duffy – 7
- Omar Infante – 4
- Mike Moustakas – 9
- Alcides Escobar – 5
- Eric Hosmer – 12
- Michael Mariot
As I mentioned above, 3B Jack Lamb made his major-league debut Thursday night, going 1-4 with a single, and 1 run scored. Lamb also made a nice grab at 3rd base on the 1st play of the game on Nori Aoki’s tapper to 3rd. Playing in to defend against the bunt, Lamb charged the ball and made a nice throw to just nab Aoki at 1st base.
The Royals return home to play their 2nd straight inter-league series, this time against the San Francisco Giants in Kansas City. The Royals will send JasonVargas (8-5, 3.69 ERA) to the mound against Giants ace Madison Bumgarner (13-8, 3.21 ERA). Game time is 7:10 PM CST at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City.
Sung Woo Lee will attend his first Royals game in Kauffman Stadium.
|Nori Aoki RF||5||1||2||1||0||1||5||.263||.332||.334||.666||17||11|
|Omar Infante 2B||5||1||1||0||0||0||5||.263||.303||.360||.663||18||11|
|Salvador Perez C||4||0||1||2||0||0||4||.273||.310||.416||.726||20||13|
|Billy Butler 1B||3||1||1||0||1||0||4||.276||.326||.379||.705||16||10|
|Alex Gordon LF||4||1||1||2||0||2||4||.273||.351||.420||.771||17||12|
|Lorenzo Cain CF||4||1||1||0||0||2||4||.305||.341||.418||.759||14||9|
|Mike Moustakas 3B||4||0||2||0||0||0||4||.199||.263||.395||.658||11||8|
|Alcides Escobar SS||4||1||2||1||0||0||4||.280||.316||.375||.691||18||9|
|Jeremy Guthrie P||3||0||0||0||0||1||4||.000||.167||.000||.167||16||11|
2B: B Butler (24, off V Nuno); L Cain (21, off V Nuno); M Moustakas (15, off E De La Rosa).
HR: A Gordon (10, off V Nuno, 2nd inn, 1 on, 0 outs to Deep RF).
HBP: J Guthrie (1, by E De La Rosa).
TB: A Gordon 4; M Moustakas 3; A Escobar 2; B Butler 2; N Aoki 2; L Cain 2; S Perez; O Infante.
RBI: S Perez 2 (46); A Gordon 2 (49); A Escobar (33); N Aoki (24).
2-out RBI: N Aoki.
Team LOB: 5.
With RISP: 5 for 7.
SB: O Infante (6, 2nd base off V Nuno/M Montero); N Aoki (10, 3rd base off V Nuno/M Montero).
CS: A Escobar (3, 2nd base by V Nuno POCS).
|Ender Inciarte CF||4||1||1||0||0||0||4||.247||.279||.314||.593||12||9|
|Aaron Hill 2B||4||0||1||0||0||1||4||.251||.290||.380||.669||20||14|
|David Peralta RF||4||0||0||0||0||0||4||.308||.341||.458||.799||12||5|
|Mark Trumbo 1B||3||1||1||1||0||0||4||.217||.259||.389||.647||12||9|
|Miguel Montero C||4||0||1||0||0||0||4||.260||.341||.400||.741||16||9|
|Jake Lamb 3B||4||0||1||1||0||1||4||.250||.250||.250||.500||11||10|
|Didi Gregorius SS||4||0||1||0||0||1||4||.248||.331||.421||.752||12||9|
|Roger Kieschnick LF||3||0||1||0||0||0||3||.195||.195||.293||.488||7||6|
|Vidal Nuno P||0||0||0||0||0||0||1||.000||.143||.000||.143||2||1|
|Alfredo Marte PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.205||.205||.359||.564||1||1|
|Randall Delgado P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000||.000||.000||.000|
|Jordan Pacheco PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||1||.243||.288||.350||.638||4||3|
|Matt Stites P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Eury De La Rosa P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000||.000||.000||.000|
SF: M Trumbo (3, off J Guthrie).
SH: V Nuno (5, off J Guthrie).
TB: R Kieschnick; D Gregorius; M Trumbo; J Lamb; M Montero; A Hill; E Inciarte.
RBI: J Lamb (1); M Trumbo (26).
2-out RBI: J Lamb.
Team LOB: 5.
With RISP: 1 for 5.
Outfield Assists: E Inciarte (M Moustakas at home plate).
|Jeremy Guthrie, W (8-9)||9||7||2||2||0||4||0||4.35||109||76|
|Vidal Nuno, L (2-8)||4||7||5||5||0||1||1||5.01||57||43||30|
|Eury De La Rosa||1||3||1||1||0||1||0||3.21||20||12||8|
HBP: E De La Rosa (2; J Guthrie).
Pickoffs: V Nuno (1; A Escobar, 2nd base (CS)).