Game 2 of 2015 for the KC Royals was a back-and-forth affair, as starter Danny Duffy just couldn’t hold a lead. However, the Royals offense showed its muscle to beat Chicago, 7-5.
Every time the Royals gave Duffy the lead, he gave up runs.
The Royals scored a run in the bottom of the first, only to have Duffy allow a three-run home run to Tyler Flowers in the top of the second.
Eric Hosmer hit a three-run home run of his own in the bottom of the third to give the Royals back the lead, only to see Duffy allow an RBI single to Gordon Beckham in the top of the fourth to tie the game. Duffy struggled with his command, leaving a lot of pitches up, including the offspeed pitch to Beckham.
The Royals once again took the lead in the bottom of the fifth. However, Duffy allowed two hits to start the sixth. With runners at the corners, Duffy (at 81 pitches) was pulled in favor of Jason Frasor, who allowed a sac fly to tie the game. Frasor battled back to record back-to-back strikeouts.
Over the next one and a half innings, both teams put men on base but could not scratch a run across. That is until the bottom of the eighth. With one out and a runner on first base, Lorenzo Cain (who was hit by a pitch once again) gave the Royals the lead with a two-run home run.
Greg Holland rebounded from his spring struggles to retire the White Sox in order on seven pitches to pick up his first save of the season. The win guaranteed the Royals a series victory, with the finale for tomorrow afternoon.
*The Royals collected 14 hits, three each by Alcides Escobar and LoCain. Hosmer, Alex Rios, and Salvador Perez each had three hits in the win.
**It is the first time since 1977 that the Royals hit two home runs in back-to-back games to start a season.
***With a day game after a night game tomorrow, manager Ned Yost is leaning towards resting Alex Gordon and his wrist. Meaning Paulo Orlando would start and make his Major League debut.