The Kansas City Royals were trailing 3-1 heading into the sixth inning, but exploded for eight runs in the next three innings.
It wasn’t looking good for the Kansas City Royals after they fell behind 3-1 to the Chicago White Sox in the second game of the series. The lone run was a result of an Alex Gordon home run (his fourth of the year) and it was starting to feel like Gordon’s home run might be it for the Royals on Saturday.
Ryan O’Hearn and Ryan McBroom helped tie the game with solo homers each (McBroom’s coming as a pinch hitter, something he’s been quite good at this year). Shortly after McBroom hit the game-tying dinger, Maikel Franco smashed a three-run home run to center field and put the Royals up 7-3.
After tacking on two more runs in the eighth inning, the Royals led 9-3 and in normal circumstances would be guaranteed the victory. They had traded Trevor Rosenthal during the game (which explains why he was unavailable during Friday’s game) and Mike Matheny called Ian Kennedy to enter the game to try and boost his confidence a bit in a blowout game.
That strategy backfired, as Kennedy surrendered three runs and only managed to get one out during his time on the mound. Jesse Hahn eventually entered the game and got the final two outs and his first save of the season.
Even though Kennedy almost blew this game, the Royals offense has shown signs of life. They’ve been helping the team the past few games and it’s good to finally see that shine through though it’d be nice if both the offense and pitching could be consistent at the same time.
Brady Singer started this game and went five innings while allowing three runs. Despite his 5.19 ERA, Singer has been confident this year every time he’s taken the mound and he’s only going to get better as time goes on.
Jake Newberry, Kyle Zimmer, and Greg Holland all pitched scoreless innings and Newberry even got the win. Hahn was able to get the final two outs of the game and Kennedy proved that he isn’t the dominant closer (or anything close to it) that we saw last year. It’s time to face those facts and use him as little as possible, even if he is making big time bucks.
The Royals are back in the win column and will look to win the series against the White Sox on Sunday.
Thirty-three games down, 27 to go!