Hey, the Kansas City Royals won a game and they did so in blowout fashion!
After anemic performances on offense, the Kansas City Royals exploded for 13 runs in their final game against the Chicago Cubs. It was a much-needed offensive output by the boys in blue and helped pave the way to win number four on the year.
Along with the offensive explosion, the Royals welcomed Brad Keller back into their rotation in his first start of the 2020 season. It was good to have Keller back!
So, what did we learn about the Royals after game number 14?
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The Kansas City Royals CAN score runs.
This game was basically over once the Royals put up nine runs in the first three innings. Yes, crazier things have happened, but with how poorly the Cubs bullpen has been this year, even Royals fans felt confident in this lead.
Every single Royal who was in the starting lineup had a hit in this one and the only Royal to not end up with a hit was Cam Gallagher, who came into the game late, but he did have a walk in his only at bat.
Welcome back, Brad Keller!
After missing the start of the 2020 season due to testing positive for COVID-19, Brad Keller had a great start back on the mound for the boys in blue. He was helped out by a 9-0 lead after three innings, but finished his first game back with five scoreless innings and only allowing three hits while striking out seven and walking two batters.
It was a nice season debut for the young pitcher and he had a great deal of run support, which was a nice change of pace for this team.
The bullpen couldn’t finish the shutout.
This is a small complaint, but it would have been nice to see the Royals bullpen shutout the Cubs. Instead, they surrendered two runs through four innings of work with both of those runs coming off of Kevin McCarthy in the ninth.
Kyle Zimmer pitched two clean innings and has a sparkling ERA of 1.13. He’s showing glimpses of why the Royals took him fifth overall in the 2012 MLB Draft and if he can stay healthy, Zimmer might have a role with this team in the next wave of contention.
Back in the win column!
After six straight losses (all coming against teams from Chicago), the Kansas City Royals finally won a game and now have four victories on the young season. They’re still not going anywhere this year, but it was fun to watch this offensive party take place after how poorly the Royals had performed at the plate thus far.
Next up, the Royals host the Twins for a three-game series.
Fourteen games down, 46 to go!