Mike Moustakas’ hard Slide earns Win for KC Royals


Mike Moustakas scored on Nori Aoki‘s 9th inning single after jarring the ball lose from White Sox catcher Tyler Flowers to give the Kansas City Royals a 2-1 victory over the White Sox in Chicago Wednesday afternoon.

Moustakas led off the inning with a single, advanced on Alcides Escobar‘s sacrifice bunt, and scored on Aoki’s 1-out single.

The victory returns the Royals to even at .500 (50-50). Kansas City pulled to within 7 games of Detroit, and .5 game behind Cleveland, in the American League Central.

On the Mound

James Shields pitched an outstanding 7 innings, allowing 6 hits, 1 walk, and 1 earned run with 7 strikeouts. He allowed his only run in the 1st inning after Jose Abreu doubled and Adam Dunn singled.

Wade Davis pitched a clean 8th inning with 1 strikeout. He earned his 6th win of the season (6-2) after the Royals scored in the top of the 9th.

Greg Holland earned his 26th save with a clean 9th inning with 2 strikeouts.

At the Plate

Overall, the Royals piled up 10 hits and 5 walks while managing to score only 2 runs. The White Sox helped frustrate the Royals with 4 double plays.

Eric Hosmer got the only RBI on his sacrifice fly in the 1st inning to deep center. However, Hosmer went 0-2 on the day to break his 16-game hitting streak in his return to the lineup after missing two games to injury.

Lorenzo Cain opened the game with a ground rule double, advanced on Omar Infante‘s bunt, and scored on Hosmer’s sacrifice fly.

Alex Gordon went 3-3 with 3 singles and 1 walk, but did not manage to either score, or drive in, a run.

Nori Aoki hit the single that scored Moustakas, but did not get credit for an RBI due to Tyler Flowers’ error. Aoki went 2-3 with 1 walk on the day.

This and That

Eric Hosmer’s career-long hitting streak ended at 16 games. Not only did Hosmer lose his hitting streak, he also aggravated his injured hand and withdrew from the game. His status is listed as day-to-day.

Moustakas’ foot appeared to hit the webbing of Flowers’ glove on his slide, which popped the ball loose to give the Royals the win.

Both Jarrod Dyson and Lorenzo Cain stole 2nd in the game. It was Dyson’s 19th and Cain’s 13th on the season.

KC Kingdom Player of the Game

I have to go with Mike Moustakas for his aggressive base-running and hard slide into home plate that squeezed out the Royals win.

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The White Sox

Jose Quintana lasted 7 innings for the White Sox, allowing 7 hits, 2 walks, and 1 earned run with 3 strikeouts. Quintana is 0-5 in his career vs. the Royals and racked up his 36th no decision since 2012, which is the most for any pitcher in the major-leagues.

Up Next

The Royals head to home to take on the Indians. Kansas City will open the series by sending Danny Duffy (5-10, 2.66 ERA) to the mound against Corey Kluber (10-6, 2.95 ERA) in what promises to be a low-scoring matchup. Game time is 7:10 PM CST at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City.


Lorenzo Cain CF-RF4110115.296.334.415.750
Omar Infante 2B3010115.271.310.377.687
Eric Hosmer 1B2001003.271.317.383.701
   Billy Butler PH-1B1000002.266.321.346.667
Salvador Perez C4020004.283.326.428.754
Alex Gordon LF3030104.280.363.431.794
Danny Valencia DH3000013.287.333.389.722
   Raul Ibanez PH-DH1000001.
Mike Moustakas 3B3110104.199.265.391.656
Alcides Escobar SS3000014.278.315.380.694
Nori Aoki RF3020104.263.333.322.655
   Jarrod Dyson PR-CF0000000.292.350.354.704
Team Totals3021015439.333.432.367.799

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2B: L Cain (18, off J Quintana).
SF: E Hosmer (6, off J Quintana).
SH: O Infante (3, off J Quintana); A Escobar (6, off Z Putnam).
IBB: A Gordon (3, by R Belisario); O Infante (1, by Z Putnam).
HBP: B Butler (2, by R Belisario).
TB: A Gordon 3; S Perez 2; N Aoki 2; L Cain 2; O Infante; M Moustakas.
GIDP: D Valencia 2 (4); L Cain (8); B Butler (17).
RBI: E Hosmer (45).
Team LOB: 10.
With RISP: 1 for 6.
DP: 1. M Moustakas-O Infante-E Hosmer.
E: O Infante (5).
SB: L Cain (13, 2nd base off Z Putnam/T Flowers); J Dyson (19, 3rd base off Z Putnam/T Flowers).

Adam Eaton CF3000104.281.355.382.7371511
Gordon Beckham 2B4000004.224.274.355.62977
Jose Abreu 1B4110034.292.340.618.9592116
Adam Dunn DH4011034.228.362.441.8041410
Alexei Ramirez SS4010014.280.317.393.7111710
Conor Gillaspie 3B4000014.315.370.462.8321611
Alejandro De Aza LF3000013.235.307.361.668149
Tyler Flowers C3020003.235.292.328.620116
Moises Sierra RF3010013.214.237.317.554129
Team Totals3216111033.

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2B: J Abreu (23, off J Shields); M Sierra (5, off J Shields).
TB: M Sierra 2; T Flowers 2; J Abreu 2; A Dunn; A Ramirez.
GIDP: G Beckham (11).
RBI: A Dunn (41).
2-out RBI: A Dunn.
Team LOB: 5.
With RISP: 1 for 2.
DP: 4. C Gillaspie-G Beckham-J Abreu 2; J Quintana-G Beckham-J Abreu; G Beckham-A Ramirez-J Abreu.
E: T Flowers (5).
Outfield Assists: A Eaton (M Moustakas at home plate).
Pickoffs: A Ramirez (1st base by J Shields).

James Shields 7 6111703.5810574
Wade Davis, W (6-2) 1 0000101.0586
Greg Holland, S (26) 1 0000201.72149
Team Totals 9 61111001.0012789

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Jose Quintana 7 7112303.1511277
Ronald Belisario 0.21001104.682012
Eric Surkamp 0.10000005.6332
Zach Putnam, L (3-2) 1 2102002.352713
Team Totals 9 10215401.00162104

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Balks: None.
WP: None.
HBP: R Belisario (4; B Butler).
IBB: R Belisario (5; A Gordon); Z Putnam (1; O Infante).
Pickoffs: J Shields (3; A Ramirez, 1st base).