Royals Strike First vs. Orioles

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Looking to bounce back from an 0-3 start to the season, RHP Chris Young was at his best Friday night. In front of a crowd of just under 30,000, The Royals righty struck out 10 through six innings of work. Young, who spent a good amount of time in the bullpen last year, had been the biggest weakness in the Royals starting rotation. He struck out at least one batter every inning, while also managing to strike out LF Joey Rickard three times. Young carried a 7.90 ERA into Friday’s game, but only allowed two runs through his six innings.

On top of a strong outing from their starting pitcher, the Royals’ bats came alive in the first two innings. They started off the first inning with back to back to back hits, including a two-run home run from Mike Moustakas. Following Moose’s shot, Lorenzo Cain hit a single off the first pitch he saw. He then took second off of Eric Hosmer’s hard grounder to second base. Kendrys Morales drove a double to right field, getting Cain home and making it a 3-0 ballgame.

The start of the second looked like a much better inning for the Orioles’ Yovani Gallardo, who retired the first two batters. His woes continued, however, as we walked Escobar. Moustakas then doubled down the left-field line, driving in Escobar from first. Gallardo managed to get Cain out, but was replaced in the next inning by LHP T.J. McFarland.

Coming on in just the third inning, McFarland pitched one of his best games and held the Royals to five shutout innings. His only slip up was against Mike Moustakas.

Moose, who developed his ability to hit to the opposite field last year, smacked another opposite field double in the fifth inning. Luckily, the lack of offense in the middle innings didn’t matter much.

Like most Royals games, this one was essentially over in the seventh inning. Ned Yost called on his trusty bullpen to finish out the seventh, eighth, and ninth innings. Luke Hochever pitched a gem in the seventh, allowing only one hit. In what might be the new relief system, Kelvin Herrera came in for the eighth and didn’t allow a hit. And Wade Davis, who is aptly named “The Cyborg,” recorded his seventh save and closed out the ninth to give the Royals their eleventh win on the season.

Jonathan Ediger is a student at The University of Kansas. When he is not studying he can be found writing groovy blog posts for royalsblue.com.

 

 

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