The Kansas City Royals are currently flying high after their first winning streak of the 2020 season.
After plating 13 runs against the Cubs, it wouldn’t have been shocking if the Kansas City Royals couldn’t get many runs in Friday night’s game against the Twins. They only scored three runs, but that was all they needed to get a W over Minnesota, winning it 3-2 to give Kansas City their fifth win of the season.
Both teams got on the board in the third inning with the Twins taking the lead in the fourth. The Royals put their second run on the board in the very next inning and then the game winning run was scored in the sixth inning.
Junis made his second start for the Kansas City Royals.
Jakob Junis took the mound for the Royals for the second time this season and couldn’t get through five innings, coming 0.1 inning shy. He allowed two runs off of five hits and struck out two while also walking two batters.
With Junis not getting that final out in the fifth inning, he didn’t qualify for the win. That went to Greg Holland, who came in and got the final out of that inning and also pitched the sixth inning. He got through the 1.1 innings of work without allowing a run.
The Kansas City Royals bullpen had a good night.
Holland’s 1.1 scoreless effort was impressive, but his teammates also had clean innings. Josh Staumont and Scott Barlow did their part and have flashy ERAs now, with Staumont’s sitting at 1.59 and Barlow’s down to 2.00 after his rough start to the 2020 season.
Trevor Rosenthal got the save after setting down all three batters he faced. It was his second save of the season. Every Royals pitcher had at least one strikeout on Friday except for Holland. Out of that group, only Barlow didn’t have two strikeouts. Not too shabby.
The offense scored enough runs to win the ball game.
The Kansas City Royals offense hasn’t been very good this season, but they came through on Friday, scoring just enough runs to get their team the victory. Nick Heath and Nicky Lopez each had RBIs on the evening and Ryan McBroom added the game winning run when he belted a home run to center field (his second homer of his career).
This was an all-around impressive win by the boys in blue and it gave them their fifth win of the year and their first back-to-back wins all season.
While this probably isn’t the start of something beautiful, the Royals have shown that they won’t just shut down after a huge offensive game and that they can put up multiple runs on back-to-back nights.
Fifteen games down, 45 to go!