Pilot to Bombardier! Royals Win on a Flurry of Solo Homers, 8-4

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Kansas City went from one hitter friendly park to another. The difference? They won in this one. The Royals ended their four-game skid with an 8-4 victory over the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field on Friday. Kansas City had not won a baseball game since last Saturday against the Cardinals, and were looking for any sort of way to turn their luck. They did so against Cubs number two guy, Jake Arrieta.

Right out of the gate, the Royals decided that they weren’t going to lose their fifth straight. Alcides Escobar homered on the very first pitch of the game to give his club a 1-0 lead. In the second inning, Alex Gordon homered to almost the same spot Escobar did to push the advantage to 2-0. Dying for a run, or even offense of any kind, Kris Bryant doubled to put the Cubbies on the board in the third inning. Salvador Perez answered Bryant’s RBI-double with yet another solo shot. With one on in the sixth inning, Edinson Volquez served up a two-run homer to Jorge Soler to pull Chicago within one run.

After Ryan Madson finished out the sixth inning for Volquez, Ned Yost went with his normal HDH (Herrera, Davis, Holland) combination. Kelvin Herrera grooved a change-up to Addison Russell, and the once three-run lead was now completely gone. Herrera limited the damage to only one run before giving way to let the offense pick him up, and that’s exactly what they did. The recently dormant Kansas City offense scored three runs in the eighth inning on a Lorenzo Cain RBI-double and a series of errors from Cubs center fielder, Dexter Fowler. Kansas City tacked on one more run in the ninth to seal the deal.

Edinson Volquez has a final line of 5.2 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, and 9 K’s. Volquez pitched very well for most of his outing, but was taken out one pitch too late. Jake Arrieta’s final line is 7.0 IP, 8 H, 4 ER, 0 BB, and 5 K’s. Together, the two of them allowed four homers, with three of them coming from Royals’ hitters. Both bullpens were shaky today, but one more so than the other. Chicago’s pen allowed four runs (one earned) in their two innings of work. Their defense really shot them in the foot today.

The Royals received some good news today. Alex Rios, who was originally slated to only miss 3-6 weeks (he’s been gone for eight) will be activated tomorrow. They have a decision to make on whether they’ll keep Paulo Orlando up here or DFA Jarrod Dyson. The choice is pretty easy, but the Royals front office has been known to surprise people. Kyle Zimmer is making his 2015 debut in A ball tonight. He’s been on the shelf with a shoulder injury. Brandon Finnegan is starting tonight at Triple-A Omaha. Finnegan has been up and down during his tenure in the Royals’ organization, but is again being stretched out as a starter.

Everyone already knew that there would be a lot of Royals fan in Chicago today, but nobody knew how many. By the look and sound of things, it appears that the home team was a bit outnumbered today. It would be fun to see fans turn out for the rest of the series, just like they did today. Yordano Ventura (3-4, 4.64 ERA) and Tsuyoshi Wada (0-0, 2.70 ERA) will toss the ball for game two at 6:15 tomorrow night. Jeremy Guthrie (4-3, 6.70 ERA) and Jason Hammel (3-2, 2.98 ERA) will finish out the series on Sunday afternoon.

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