Royals offense wakes up in the fourth

Things looked bleak for the KC Royals through the first three innings against LA Angels starter Jered Weaver. Then they busted out for five runs to improve to 5-0 on the season with a 6-4 victory.

Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas on St. Patty's Day 2014 (Jen Nevius).

Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas on St. Patty’s Day 2014 (Jen Nevius).

Prior to the fourth, the Royals lone base runners came via walks. Then Mike Moustakas led off the 4th inning with a home run. With one out, Eric Hosmer walked and Kendrys Morales doubled. After Alex Gordon looked bad on a strikeout, Alex Rios drove in two with a single and came around to score on Salvador Perez’ home run.

It was both Moose and Sal’s second homers of the season.

A Hosmer single put runners at the corners in the fifth and also chased Weaver from the game. Morales greeted the new Angels pitcher with an RBI single.

Royals starter Jeremy Guthrie allowed a solo homer to Kole Calhoun to lead off the bottom of the first, but settled in. That is until the fifth.

It all started with a one out walk. With two outs and runners at the corners, Calhoun got to Guthrie again, this time with a two-run double. Mike Trout followed with an RBI single.

Manager Ned Yost had enough confidence in Guthrie to send him back out for the sixth and he did not disappoint. He had a 1-2-3 inning and threw just nine pitches.

So Guthrie went back out for the seventh and was perfect again (11 pitches).

That was enough Guthrie and Wade Davis was called on for the eighth. Davis needed just nine pitches to retire the three batters he faced. Greg Holland earned his third save with a perfect ninth (ten pitches).

Now that the Royals have their second straight series victory, they will look for their second straight sweep when they send Yordano Ventura to the mound against the Angels CJ Wilson on Sunday afternoon. I’m going to guess that Paulo Orlando will once again start in left field (day game after a night game and a lefty pitching for the Angels).

 

*Moose and Perez had two hits each, while Morales had three (including his third double).

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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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