While most in Arizona (and across the country) were locked in on “Will Ferrell Mania” the KC Royals continue to be the best team in the desert, as they beat Cleveland, 10-5. The two teams combined for 26 hits.
It didn’t start out so well for the Royals, as starter Danny Duffy had trouble covering first base and got knocked around. The Indians led 3-0 after two innings, thanks to a two-run home run by Roberto Perez in the second.
Then the Royals offense went to work, beginning in the 3rd inning. They scored ten runs across the next five innings.
Alcides Escobar (1-for-3) got the scoring started in the third with an RBI single. In the fourth, Paulo Orlando (2-for-3, three runs scored) drove in two with a triple and scored on Christian Colon‘s single (2-for-3, run scored).
In the 5th inning, Salvador Perez (3-for-3, two doubles) drove in a run with a double and Orlando drove in another with a force out.
The Indians cut the deficit to 5-4 in the bottom of the fifth when Carlos Santana hit a two-run home run off Casey Coleman (1IP, 3H, 2R, BB, 0K).
The Royals then tacked on two runs each over the next two innings. Cheslor Cuthbert finished off the scoring with a two-run home run in the seventh (came off the bench to play first base).
More notes from the game:
- Luke Hochevar returned to the mound for the first time since having Tommy John surgery. His inning looked like this: Jesus Aguilar ground out, Tyler Holt ground out, Perez walk, and a strikeout of Michael Bourn.
- Franklin Morales threw another scoreless inning of relief. He was perfect with a strikeout, as he battles for the lefty reliever spot in the bullpen.
- Ryan Madson made his second Cactus League appearance and threw a scoreless inning, though he allowed a hit.
- Christian Binford was solid over the game’s final three innings. He escaped a bases
loaded, one out jam in the eighth by inducing a inning ending double play. Binford’s line looked like this: 3IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 4K.
- Omar Infante was in the lineup for the second straight day as the DH. He went 0-for-4 with a sac fly.
- Bubba Starling made contact! He went 2-for-2 off the bench with a walk, a run scored, and an RBI double.
- Ryan Jackson, battling for the backup infielder job, went 2-for-2 with a walk, two runs scored, and a stolen base. He started at third base.
- You know who wasn’t in the lineup for the first time this spring: Kendrys Morales.
- You know why prospect Sean Manaea hasn’t pitched so far this spring despite being in big league camp as a non-roster invitee? He is hurt with an abdominal strain. He is expected to throw off the mound next week and hopes to be ready in April.
Next up, the Royals will host Oakland on Friday afternoon. Edinson Volquez will start for the Royals, while Chris Young is expected to make his debut in relief. The A’s will throw Chris Bassitt in a split squad game.