Dazzling D and Edinson Volquez Lead Royals to a 4-1 Victory and Sweep of ChicagoFollow @RoyalsBlue_com
The Royals wrapped up their first series of the year on Thursday afternoon. Edinson Volquez was solid in his debut for the club as the Royals beat John Danks for the first time ever, 4-1.
Scoring got started right out of the gate today when Alcides Escobar smacked a leadoff double, and eventually scored on a series of sacrifice hits by Mike Moustakas and Lorenzo Cain. Both offenses then fell silent in innings two through five. The White Sox didn’t even have a baserunner until the 4th inning. As Edinson Volquez navigated his way through the White Sox lineup with ease, his team gave him dazzling defense and four runs of offense to work with. The final three runs of offense came in the sixth inning when Lorenzo Cain lead off with a double to center field and was scored by Kendrys Morales on a double of his own. Salvador Perez then brought everyone home with a two-run bomb, putting the final two tallies up on the board.
There were two debuts today. One Major League and one team debut. In his Major League debut, Paulo Orlando recorded his first hit in a leadoff triple to center field. In his Royals debut, Edinson Volquez shined. Thanks in part to a phenomenal defense, Volquez allowed only one earned run on four hits while striking out five batters.
Every Royal, except for Mike Moustakas and Alex Rios, recorded a hit today. Mike Moustakas had been hitting the ball well this series, but he looked absolutely lost at the plate. As for Alex Rios, aside from his 3-run homer in the opener, and a few meaningless hits, Rios has done little to impress me. He shows minimal effort in the outfield, and often takes a lackadaisical approach to the ball. Maybe it’ll wear off as the season goes along, but it’s a major turn-off at this point.
Next up is a trip out West for the Boys in Blue to play the Los Angeles Angels. In order to have a successful series, they need to not let this sweep go to their heads. They also need to remember that the Angels have a vendetta against the Royals for making them look silly in last year’s ALDS. Pitching matchups are as follows: Jason Vargas and Hector Santiago, Jeremy Guthrie and Jered Weaver, ending with Yordano Ventura (most likely) and C.J. Wilson.
I know that from a statistical point of view I should basically ignore three games as that is no sample size, but these Royals look like an amazing bunch and one that the national media and statheads have badly misread and underrated (myself included). If ... Read more