Kansas City Royals Run Wild on Tim Lincecum in Win


The Kansas City Royals continue to roll along, notching their 7th consecutive win, and their second series sweep in a row, with their 7-4 win over Giants starter Tim Lincecum on Sunday afternoon. Alex Gordon and Salvador Perez supported winning pitcher Danny Duffy with home runs, while the Royals ran wild on the bases by piling up 7 steals.

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Right now, the team is hitting on all cylinders.

The Royals are now 10 games above .500 at 63-53. Kansas City pulled within 1/2 game of the Detroit Tigers, who lost a 19-innnig marathon to the Blue Jays after jumping out to a 5-0 lead. The Royals hold  a 1.5 game advantage over the Blue Jays and Mariners for the 2nd A.L. wild card.

On the Mound

Danny Duffy dominated the Giants for 6 innings before running into trouble in the 7th when he gave up 3 runs. Duffy pitched 6.2 innings, allowing only 3 hits, 3 walks, and 4 earned runs with 4 strikeouts. Duffy earned his 7th win of the season against 10 losses.

Jason Frasor relieved Duffy in the 7th with 2 men on base and 1 run in. Frasor allowed 2 hits, which scored both inherited baserunners, before he recorded the 3rd out.

Wade Davis pitched a scoreless inning in which he allowed 1 hit and struck out 1.

Greg Holland nailed down his A.L. leading 34th save despite allowing 2 hits , 1 walk, but no earned runs. Holland also struck out 2.

At the Plate

The Royals opened the game with 4 runs in the bottom of the 1st inning, capped by Alex Gordon’s 2-run home run (12). Gordon went 2-3 on the day, with the home run, single, 1 walk, 1 run scored, and 2 RBI’s.

Kansas City knocked out Giants’ starter Tim Lincecum with 3 runs in the 4th, capped by Salvador Perez’s 2-run shot (14). Perez went 1-3 with the home run, 1 walk, 2 runs scored, and 2 RBI’s.

Both Jarrod Dyson and Nori Aoki had perfect days at the plate. Dyson went 3 for 3 with 3 singles. Aoki went 2-2 with 2 singles, 2 walks, 2 runs scored, and 2 RBi’s. Both Dyson and Aoki piled up 3 stolen bases.

This and That

Sung Woo Lee’s good luck continues to hold. The team is now 6-0 since he arrived in Kansas City with series sweeps over both Arizona and San Francisco. Sung Woo waved a broom from his seat at Kauffman Stadium.

Sung Woo also got a glove from former Royal reliever (and Royals Hall-of-Famer) Jeff Montgomery before the game.

Sung Woo will also throw out the first pitch of today’s game against the A’s.

Billy Butler ran his hitting streak to 7 games with his RBI double in the 1st inning. Butler went 1-4 on the day. Butler has hit so much better after returning to the field with Eric Hosmer‘s injury that manager Ned Yost will have to consider getting him more playing time at 1st after Hosmer returns.

KC Kingdom Player of the Game

Our nod goes to Alex Gordon, who was a close choice over offensive heroes Salvador Perez, and Nori Aoki.

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The Giants

Backup catcher Andrew Susac got the start with regular receiver Buster Posey moving to the DH spot. Susac had a big game, going 2-4, with a single, double, 1 run scored, and 3 RBI’s.

 Up Next

The Royals continue to play Bay area teams opening a long, 4-game set against the Oakland A’s. The Royals will send Yordano Ventura (9-8, 3.47 ERA) to the mound against Sonny Gray (12-5, 2.87 ERA) for Oakland. Game time is 7:10 PM CST at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City.


Angel Pagan CF4020115.309.357.405.763
Hunter Pence RF5011025.287.341.465.806
Buster Posey DH4000115.281.345.430.774
   Joaquin Arias PR0000000.
Pablo Sandoval 3B5110005.283.330.438.768
Adam Duvall 1B2100113.190.227.357.584
   Travis Ishikawa PH-1B1000011.186.234.326.560
Matt Duffy SS3010004.
Joe Panik 2B3100104.255.315.296.611
Andrew Susac C4123014.
Gregor Blanco LF4010004.239.315.302.618
Team Totals354844740.229.325.257.582

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2B: A Susac (1, off D Duffy).
HBP: M Duffy (2, by D Duffy).
TB: A Susac 3; A Pagan 2; M Duffy; P Sandoval; H Pence; G Blanco.
RBI: A Susac 3 (4); H Pence (51).
2-out RBI: A Susac; H Pence.
Team LOB: 9.
With RISP: 4 for 10.
DP: 1. J Panik-M Duffy-A Duvall.
SB: G Blanco (12, 3rd base off G Holland/S Perez); A Pagan (12, 2nd base off G Holland/S Perez).

Nori Aoki RF2221204.267.339.336.6752111
   Lorenzo Cain RF1000011.302.337.412.74943
Omar Infante 2B5000015.259.298.356.6531914
Salvador Perez C3212114.271.309.417.726137
Billy Butler 1B4111004.278.327.391.718117
Alex Gordon LF3122104.279.356.437.793168
Mike Moustakas 3B4000004.199.261.392.6532014
Raul Ibanez DH3000124.
Alcides Escobar SS4110004.278.313.371.684149
Jarrod Dyson CF3030004.286.337.344.68065
Team Totals3271065538.312.405.563.96814286

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2B: B Butler (26, off T Lincecum); J Dyson (2, off S Romo).
HR: A Gordon (12, off T Lincecum, 1st inn, 1 on, 1 out to Deep RF); S Perez (14, off J Gutierrez, 4th inn, 1 on, 2 outs to Deep LF).
SH: J Dyson (6, off T Lincecum).
TB: A Gordon 5; J Dyson 4; S Perez 4; B Butler 2; N Aoki 2; A Escobar.
GIDP: M Moustakas (6).
RBI: S Perez 2 (48); A Gordon 2 (53); B Butler (48); N Aoki (25).
2-out RBI: S Perez 2.
Team LOB: 7.
With RISP: 4 for 14.
SB: N Aoki 3 (13, 2nd base off J Gutierrez/A Susac, 2nd base off T Lincecum/A Susac 2); J Dyson 3 (26, 3rd base off T Lincecum/A Susac, 2nd base off T Lincecum/A Susac, 3rd base off S Romo/A Susac); A Escobar (24, 3rd base off T Lincecum/A Susac).

Tim Lincecum, L (9-8) 3.17663214.517342
J.C. Gutierrez 0.21110013.12108
Javier Lopez 1 1002102.03219
Yusmeiro Petit 1 0000103.89118
Jeremy Affeldt 1 0000001.73149
Sergio Romo 1 1000104.501310
Team Totals 8 10775527.8814286

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Danny Duffy, W (7-10) 6.23443402.5710261
Jason Frasor 0.12000002.781510
Wade Davis, H (24) 1 1000100.892115
Greg Holland, S (34) 1 2001201.772513
Team Totals 9 8444704.0016399

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Balks: None.
WP: T Lincecum (13); J Lopez (1).
HBP: D Duffy (5; M Duffy).
IBB: None.
Pickoffs: None