Royals take Cactus League opener

The KC Royals led 6-0 before Texas starter Colby Lewis even recorded an out. The Royals offense led them to a 13-2 victory. The game started with a leadoff walk by Alcides Escobar.

Lorenzo Cain drove in the game’s first run with a single to center.

Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer at the plate on July 5, 2014 (Jen Nevius).

Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer at the plate on July 5, 2014 (Jen Nevius).

They hit back-to-back-to-back home runs in the first. It started with Eric Hosmer’s three-run shot. Then it was the new Royals’ turn. First it was Kendrys Morales followed by Alex Rios.

The Royals starters tacked on three more runs in the 3rd inning, which began with back-to-back doubles by Morales and Rios. Then three straight singles with two outs from Christian Colon, Esky, and Jarrod Dyson led to two more runs.

A Rios ground out in the 4th inning ended the scoring by the Royals starters.

The bench would score a run in the sixth on a fielding error (the inning started with a leadoff walk worked by Matt Fields). They scored two more in the 8th inning on a Cheslor Cuthbert sac fly and a Francisco Pena RBI single.

The Royals pitching wasn’t too shabby either.

It started with Aaron Brooks, who was given a 6-0 lead. He allowed a two out single to Adrian Beltre in the first and then allowed a leadoff solo homer in the second to Ryan Ludwick.

Yohan Pino was in trouble from the moment he entered the game. Three straight singles led to the Rangers second run of the game. However, a double play ground out from Beltre got him out of a bigger jam. Pino then worked a perfect fourth.

Next up was lefty Tim Collins, who allowed a double to start the 5th inning. A walk to Nate Schierholtz ended Collins’ outing. He left with the trainer due to tightness/soreness in his left elbow. He is expected to have an MRI on Thursday. In more negative news, Collins only threw one first pitch strike, as he faced four batters.

Rule V pick Jandel Gustave, who struggled mightily in Sunday’s instrasquad game, rebounded nicely today. The first batter he faced was Rangers power prospect Joey Gallo and got him to fly out to end the threat. Gustave went back out for the sixth and worked around a leadoff walk.

Royals lefty Buddy Baumann throwing on the backfields during spring training 2014 (Jen Nevius).

Royals lefty Buddy Baumann throwing on the backfields during spring training 2014 (Jen Nevius).

Lefty Buddy Baumann followed and allowed two singles in the seventh (one to former Royal Elliot Johnson), but got Gallo to pop up in foul territory to end the threat. Gallo and Schierholtz (singled) were the only two left-handed hitters he faced.

Fellow lefty Scott Alexander pitched the eighth and allowed a two out single. He got former Royal Carlos Peguero to ground out softly back to him (the lone left-handed hitter he faced).

Louis Coleman pitched the ninth and was perfect with two strikeouts (both Johnson and Delino DeShields Jr).


Next up for the Royals is the Rangers again on Thursday. Lefty Brian Flynn will get the start, followed by Miguel Almonte, Michael Mariot, Chris Dwyer, and Brian Broderick. I would think that lefty Joe Paterson will also pitch, considering he was the lone pitcher on today’s list not to get into the game.


About Jen Nevius

I first became a KC Royals fan way back in 1995 when I attended my first Wilmington Blue Rocks game. I fell in love with minor league baseball then and began following the Royals as former Blue Rocks clawed their way to the big leagues. 3+ years ago I started covering the Royals for Aerys Sports, but since the site has been shut down, I am going out on my own.
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