Mike Moustakas drives in Four Runs in Royals Win


Mike Moustakas drove in 4 runs to lead the Kansas City Royals to a 4-3 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field in Phoenix Wednesday night.

Moustakas opened the scoring with a 2-run home run (14) in the 2nd inning, and then drove in Alex Gordon from second with a single in the 4th inning to take a 3-2 lead. Finally, Moustakas ground out to second in the 8th inning to score Billy Butler with KC’s 4th run.

Moustakas’ offensive heroics made a winner of rookie Yordano Ventura (9-8).

The Royals are now 6 games above .500 at 59-53. Kansas City gained a game on Detroit to pull within 3.5 games of the American League Central lead. The Royals remain .5 games behind Toronto for the 2nd A.L. Wild Card spot.

On the Mound

Yordano Ventura pitched 6.0 innings, allowing 8 hits, 1 walk, 2 earned runs with 8 strikeouts. Ventura earned his 9th win of the season while lowering his ERA to 3.47.

Kelvin Herrera pitched a scoreless 7th inning, allowing 1 walk with 1 strikeout.

Wade Davis sputtered through the 8th, but did not allow a run despite giving up 2 hits.

Greg Holland earned his 32nd save even though he gave up 1 run on 2 hits with 1 strikeout.

At the Plate

Mike Moustakas was the man on Wednesday night, driving in all 4 of KC’s runs while going 2-4, a home run (14), single, 1 run scored, and 4 RBI’s. Way to go Moose.

Moose’s timely hitting allowed the Royals to maximize the output from only 5 hits and 2 walks. Moustakas was the only Royal to get more than 1 hit Wednesday night.

Lorenzo Cain did manage to get on base twice, going 1-3 with a single, 1 walk, and 1 run scored.

This and That

The Royals are now 2-0 since S. Korean fan Sung Woo Lee came to Kansas City. If the team continues to win, Royals management might not let him go home.

If Kansas City pulls off the sweep in Arizona, the Royals will tie their season-high of 7 games over .500 set on June 18 (last day of KC’s season-long 10-game winning streak).

Moustakas’ RBI in the 8th inning came on a lined shot to second that was initially ruled an inning-ending double play until KC manager Ned Yost successfully challenged the call. Moose managed to beat the throw by hustling down the line.

The Royals are 32-26 on the road and .500 at home.

KC Kingdom Player of the Game

Not only did Moustakas pile up 2 clutch hits and drove in all 4 of KC’s runs, he also pulled out an RBI by diving into first to beat what appeared to be a successful relay throw from 2nd for a double-play.

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The DIamondbacks

Aaron Hill had a big game for the Diamondbacks, going 2-4 with 2 singles, 1 walk, 1 run scored, and 1 RBI. Hill also made an outstanding stop on Moustakas’ screaming grounder and almost turned an inning-ending double play.

Up Next

The Royals will attempt to finish off the sweep of their 3-game set with Arizona on Thursday. The Royals will send Jeremy Guthrie (7-9, 4.50 ERA) to the mound against Vidal Nuno (2-7, 4.78 ERA) for the Diamondbacks. Game time is 8:40 PM CST at Chase Field in Phoenix.


Nori Aoki RF4000004.261.331.333.664
   Wade Davis P0000000
   Greg Holland P0000000
Omar Infante 2B4000004.264.304.362.666
Salvador Perez C4000034.273.311.418.729
Billy Butler 1B4110014.275.324.377.701
Alex Gordon LF2100104.274.352.414.766
Lorenzo Cain CF-RF3110104.306.342.417.759
Mike Moustakas 3B4124004.195.260.391.651
Alcides Escobar SS4010014.277.314.374.688
Yordano Ventura P2000022.
   Raul Ibanez PH1000001.171.255.304.559
   Kelvin Herrera P0000000
   Jarrod Dyson CF0000000.273.325.326.651
Team Totals324542735.

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2B: B Butler (23, off M Stites).
HR: M Moustakas (14, off J Collmenter, 2nd inn, 1 on, 2 outs to Deep RF).
HBP: A Gordon (7, by M Stites).
TB: M Moustakas 5; B Butler 2; L Cain; A Escobar.
RBI: M Moustakas 4 (46).
2-out RBI: M Moustakas 3.
Team LOB: 4.
With RISP: 1 for 4.

Ender Inciarte CF5110005.247.279.315.595
Cliff Pennington 3B5120015.253.330.329.659
Aaron Hill 2B4121125.251.290.381.671
Mark Trumbo 1B4011015.214.259.390.649
Miguel Montero C4030014.260.342.402.744
   Nick Ahmed PR0000000.228.254.316.570
   Matt Stites P0000000
   Oliver Perez P0000000
   Andy Marte PH1000011.188.188.375.563
David Peralta RF4021004.315.348.467.815
Didi Gregorius SS3000114.248.333.426.760
Roger Kieschnick LF4010024.
Josh Collmenter P2000012.
   Jordan Pacheco PH1000001.245.291.353.644
   Evan Marshall P0000000
   Tuffy Gosewisch PH-C1000011.243.274.329.603
Team Totals38312321141.316.341.395.736

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B: M Montero (18, off Y Ventura).
3B: E Inciarte (1, off Y Ventura).
SF: M Trumbo (2, off G Holland).
TB: M Montero 4; E Inciarte 3; D Peralta 2; A Hill 2; C Pennington 2; R Kieschnick; M Trumbo.
RBI: A Hill (51); M Trumbo (25); D Peralta (23).
2-out RBI: D Peralta.
Team LOB: 11.
With RISP: 2 for 14.

Yordano Ventura, W (9-8) 6 8221803.4710567
Kelvin Herrera, H (11) 1 0001101.692113
Wade Davis, H (22) 1 2000100.932013
Greg Holland, S (32) 1 2110101.851813
Team Totals 9 123321103.00164106

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Diamondbacks PitchingIPHRERBBSOHRERAPitStr
Josh Collmenter, L (8-6) 6 3332614.098655
Evan Marshall 2 1000103.342216
Matt Stites 0.11110006.1976
Oliver Perez 0.20000001.8454
Team Totals 9 5442714.0012081

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Balks: None.
WP: Y Ventura (9).
HBP: M Stites (1; A Gordon).
IBB: None.
Pickoffs: None.