The KC Royals scored three runs in the top of the sixth to come back to beat Milwaukee, 5-4. The Royals continue to stay unbeaten in the Cactus League.
When will Kendrys Morales get a day off? Who knows! He started on Monday at first base and went 0-for-2 with a walk. He was pinch run for after the walk in the sixth by Terrance Gore, who motored around to score on Brett Eibner‘s double. That double broke the 2-2 tie.
A wild pitch moved Eibner, who started in centerfield, to third base before he scored on Whit Merrifield‘s single. Merrifield started in left field and went 1-for-3.
After the Brewers pickoff error moved Merrifield to second base, he then stole third base and scored with two outs on Raul Mondesi’s double. Mondesi started at second base and went 2-for-2 with a walk and a run scored. He was also picked off second base by the catcher in the fifth.
The Royals had taken a short-lived 2-1 lead in the top of the 3rd inning on Mike Moustakas‘ one out, two-run double. The double came off lefty reliever Neal Cotts. With one out, Mondesi and Alcides Escobar had singled ahead of Moose.
More news from the game:
- One day after making his big league spring debut, catcher Cam Gallagher was given his first chance to bat. His first plate appearance came in the eighth and he struck out against Brewers reliever Rob Wooten.
- Outfielder Lane Adams continues to struggle at the plate, as he struck out again in his only at-bat today. He has four strikeouts in five at-bats.
- Jason Vargas made his first start of spring training and allowed a run on two hits over
two innings. He struck out three.
- Kelvin Herrera allowed a run in the 3rd inning without allowing a hit. The inning started with a leadoff walk. Two stolen bases later, Jean Segura drove in the Brewers’ second run with a ground out.
- Lefty Franklin Morales pitched two scoreless innings. In the fourth, he did not face a left-handed batter and allowed a one out double to Khris Davis. In the fifth, Morales allowed a leadoff single, but struck out the final two batters of the inning (one of which was the lefty hitting Scooter Gennett). Morales also got his first lefty of the game out (a fly out by Logan Schafer).
- Ryan Madson made his Royals debut, but allowed a two out, solo home run in the sixth.
- Aaron Brooks, who started the Royals Cactus League opener, allowed a hit in the seventh while striking out one. Brian Broderick worked out of back-to-back singles to start the eighth by inducing a double play ground out.
- Lefty Brian Flynn, who started the Royals second game of their Cactus League schedule, allowed a solo home run in the ninth.
- With the way Mondesi is impressing the Royals coaching staff this spring, it is looking more likely that he will not be back in High-A Wilmington when the regular season starts (despite probably needing more seasoning at that level).
Up next, the Royals will host the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday. Jeremy Guthrie will make his 2015 Cactus League debut. Lefty Brandon Finnegan is also slated to make his spring training debut. Greg Holland, the Colemans, Jason Frasor, and Scott Alexander are also expected to pitch.
The White Sox will be starting their seventh-best prospect, Tyler Danish (instead of John Danks).