A Royal Return Indeed: Yost’s New Club Outshines Old in 8-5 VictoryFollow @RoyalsBlue_com
They sure didn’t make it easy on themselves, but the Royals finally got the bats going to survive the Brewers, 8-5. It was the first homecoming for former Brewers, Lorenzo Cain and Alcides Escobar, and they were 4-9 with four combined RBIs. Ned Yost also made his first appearance in Milwaukee since being fired in 2008.
This morning, the former Brewers’ skipper, Ned Yost, made the decision to push back Chris Young one day, and start Edinson Volquez. Volquez was solid through five innings, and most certainly could have gone longer, as he only threw 78 pitches. During his five innings of work, he allowed two runs, six hits, walked two, and struck out two batters. He got little help from home plate umpire, Laz Diaz, which ultimately led to Volquez’s early removal.
A big part of Volquez’s start was the way his team was able to score runs for him. The offense got started in the first inning, and didn’t let off of the accelerator until they had a comfortable lead. It turns out, they would need that lead, as Greg Holland would come in and allow three earned runs to pull the Brew Crew within the same number. The game got started with an Alcides Escobar hit by pitch (imagine that), and he was eventually brought around to score from first on a Mike Moustakas single. He was initially called “out,” and the call was reversed to give the Royals their first run. The second run of the inning would come on an Alex Gordon sac fly to score Eric Hosmer.
The team did not score any more until the fifth when Lorenzo Cain blasted a two-run shot off of starting pitcher, Kyle Lohse. Two more runs would come across on a 6-4-3 fielders’ choice and an Alcides Escobar RBI-single. It was Alcides Escobar again in the eighth with another RBI-single to push across the final run of the game.
It had been a long while since the offense had scored eight runs (May 29 against the Cubs), and it was a boost that the offense definitely needed. Each starter, save the pitcher, recorded at least one it in today’s victory, with several players collecting multi-hit games. Alex Rios and Omar Infante were two of those Royals, and they needed it the most. The two of them have been atrocious at the plate, and now have just eleven combined hits in the month of June.
Some news and notes from today: Chris Young will throw tomorrow, as he was pushed back a day. Joe Blanton, Jeremy Guthrie, and Yordano Ventura to follow. The rotation has taken quite a hit in the last few weeks, but with the Royals now 2.5 games up in the AL Central, they’ve got room (very little) for some spot starts. In other news, if All-Star voting ended today, Omar Infante would be the starting second baseman.
So far, Kansas City is 4-2 on this road trip, with one final game tomorrow before coming home. With this team being so streaky, it’s almost impossible to predict how they will do on this upcoming home-stand.
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