Royals use pitching to stay unbeaten

One day after the KC Royals won in a slugfest, they stayed unbeaten with a 3-2 victory over Cincinnati.

The Royals Danny Duffy warming up in the bullpen in Baltimore on April 26, 2014 (Jen Nevius).

The Royals Danny Duffy warming up in the bullpen in Baltimore on April 26, 2014 (Jen Nevius).

The Royals held the Reds hitless in Surprise until the fourth when Joey Votto, playing in his first Cactus League game, singled off reliever Wade Davis. Davis escaped further damage when shortstop Alcides Escobar turned a diving 6-4-3 double play.

Prior to that, starter Danny Duffy pitched two perfect innings, throwing just 20 pitches. Closer Greg Holland pitched the 3rd inning and struck out the side (former Royal Brayan Pena, Kristopher Negron, and Eugenio Suarez).

The Royals got on the board first, in the 3rd inning. With one out, Christian Colon singled in Erik Kratz, who had doubled ahead of him. Kratz went 2-for-2 in the game.

The Reds tied the game up at 1-1 in the top of the fifth against Louis Coleman. Brennan Boesch homered with one out. Coleman allowed two more hits in the sixth but escaped further damage.

The Royals took the 2-1 lead in the bottom of the fifth on Alex Rios‘ home run. It was his third already this spring.

The Royals tacked on the eventual winning run in the sixth on Paulo Orlando‘s solo home run with two outs off former Royal Nate Adcock.

Meanwhile, lefty John Lamb allowed four singles in the top of the 7th inning, as the Reds cut the deficit to one run. It could have been worse if there wasn’t a caught stealing mixed in. Lamb struck out Reds prospect Jesse Winker to start the 8th inning, but allowed another single and a walk. He did escape without allowing another run.

Jandel Gustave allowed a single in his scoreless ninth.

Cheslor Cuthbert (first base) and Ryan Jackson (second base), both of which came off the bench, each had singles in their lone plate appearances.

 

Next up, the Royals head to Tempe to play the LA Angels with Edinson Volquez making his debut. They will face American League Rookie of the Year runner-up Matt Shoemaker.

 

Other spring news:

  • Second baseman Omar Infante has a bone spur. He is expected to get a cortisone shot.
  • The Royals signed the 6-10 Chris Young. He is GUARANTEED a Major League roster spot. Young will serve as a spot starter/long man/middle reliever. Meaning, there is now one, maybe two, bullpen spots up for grabs.

Kris Medlen was placed on the 60-day DL to make room for Young on the Royals 40-man roster.

I’m just trying to figure out where all of these pitchers are going to go. Triple-A Omaha is beginning to look really crowded.

  • The Royals also signed first baseman Casey Kotchman to a minor league deal. Because they need another first baseman in the minors (ie Matt Fields, Mark Threlkeld, Frank Schwindel, and Cody Stubbs). Kotchman is another signee who did not play in 2014.
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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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