Nori Aoki’s Grand Slam highlights Kansas City Royals Win


Mandatory Credit: Peter G. Aiken-USA TODAY Sports

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.

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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.


Nori Aoki RF4214105.264.334.337.672
Omar Infante 2B5120005.267.307.366.674
Salvador Perez C5233015.276.314.422.736
Billy Butler 1B5243015.276.325.376.701
Alex Gordon LF5120015.275.351.416.767
Lorenzo Cain CF3111105.305.340.418.758
Mike Moustakas 3B5010005.191.257.379.636
Alcides Escobar SS4210105.278.315.375.690
Danny Duffy P2100023.
   Jason Frasor P0000000
   Raul Ibanez PH1000001.171.256.306.562
   Francisley Bueno P0000000
   Aaron Crow P0000000
Team Totals391215113544.385.419.6411.060

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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.
E: M Moustakas (11).
SB: L Cain (16, 2nd base off W Miley/M Montero).

Ender Inciarte CF4110024.248.281.308.5902015
Jordan Pacheco 1B4110004.248.294.356.650128
Aaron Hill 2B3000003.248.286.380.666139
   Didi Gregorius 2B1001001.254.336.437.77222
Mark Trumbo LF3021104.213.261.393.654169
Miguel Montero C3010023.255.338.395.7331413
   Tuffy Gosewisch C1000001.246.278.333.61122
Alfredo Marte RF2000012.211.211.368.5791611
   Bo Schultz P1000001.
   David Peralta PH1000001.311.345.466.81121
Andy Marte 3B4000024.200.200.400.6001612
Nick Ahmed SS4000014.228.254.316.5701410
Wade Miley P0000101.
   Roger Kieschnick RF2000022.
Team Totals3325221035.

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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.
DP: 2. A Marte-D Gregorius-J Pacheco; A Hill-N Ahmed-J Pacheco.

Danny Duffy, W (6-10) 5 3111702.399467
Jason Frasor 1 0001102.881711
Francisley Bueno 2 2110102.593021
Aaron Crow 1 0000103.0685
Team Totals 9 52221002.00149104

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Diamondbacks PitchingIPHRERBBSOHRERAPitStr
Wade Miley, L (7-8) 4.2910103424.6110061
Bo Schultz 4.16220117.885939
Team Totals 9 15121235312.00159100

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