Young’s Dazzling Performance Powers Royals to Sweep Over the Brew Crew

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You know you’re in for a long night when you can’t figure out the opposing team’s starting pitcher at the plate. Matt Garza did very little figuring out of anybody, as each batter in the starting lineup recorded at least one hit tonight in a 7-2 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers.

 

When the Kansas City starting rotation became plagued with injuries, nobody ever expected the “spot starter” to become the most consistent arm on the starting staff. Fast forward a month later, and Chris Young owns the lowest ERA of anyone who was projected to be on the starting staff for the Royals. Not only did Chris Young throw seven shutout innings, he was also 2-3 with three RBIs.

 

For the second night in a row, the offense got going early. With one on for Lorenzo Cain, he hammered one into the left field seats to give Kansas City a 2-0 lead. That was Cain’s sixth of the season, and second in as many days against his former club. Two more runs were plated by Chris Young when he knocked a 2-RBI single up the middle to score Alex Gordon and Omar Infante. The Royals then scored one run in the sixth, seventh, and eighth innings on another Chris Young RBI-single, a Mike Moustakas solo shot, and a Jarrod Dyson RBI-triple.

 

The two Brewers’ runs came in the eighth and ninth innings off of Kelvin Herrera and Luke Hochevar. Jonathan Lucroy singled in Herman Perez for the first run for the home team, and Scooter Gennett drilled a ball to right field for the second. With the recent offensive slump, it’s hard for Ned Yost to find spots for Herrera and Hochevar to pitch, as Yost wants to limit innings of both guys for when he really needs them.

 

The guy leading the offense today was none other than Omar Infante. Though he did not record an RBI, and hasn’t since May 19th, he was 3-4 with three runs scored tonight. Mike Moustakas also collected three hits, upping his average to .326 on the year.

 

Though it’s technically a sweep, these two will face each other for two at Kauffman Stadium on Wednesday and Thursday. Joe Blanton (0-0, 1.80 ERA) will go against Mike Fiers (3-6, 4.04 ERA) on Wednesday. Jeremy Guthrie (4-4, 5.79 ERA) and Jimmy Nelson (3-7, 4.60 ERA) will wrap up the season series. Though it was a nostalgic return to their original teams, beating them felt even better for all of the former Brewers on this trip.

 
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