The KC Royals scored in just two innings, but eight runs were enough in their 8-1 victory over Detroit.
Mike Moustakas got the Royals on the board in the 3rd inning with a double. Two batters later, Eric Hosmer hit a two-run home run.
The Royals offense then chased Tigers starter Alfredo Simon in the fifth. Lorenzo Cain started the inning with a single and then stole second base. With one out, he scored on Kendrys Morales‘ double. Salvador Perez chased Simon from the game with an RBI double.
In came Alex Wilson, who after getting the first batter he faced out, then allowed three straight singles. The last two singles drove in runs.
Now to Royals starter Danny Duffy, who was skipped over the weekend with the rainout in Chicago. Duffy dominated the Tigers lineup, pitching scoreless baseball until allowing a leadoff triple followed by an RBI single to start the 8th inning. Overall, he allowed that one run on seven hits and two walks while striking out seven.
Jason Frasor escaped the jam in the eighth and Brandon Finnegan pitched much better tonight than he did on Tuesday night. Though the first batter he faced worked a 3-2 count, Finnegan then retired the final two hitters of the game on four total pitches.
*The Royals had a much smaller roster, with Edinson Volquez still serving his suspension. After pitching last night, Yordano Ventura decided to drop his appeal and began serving his seven-game suspension tonight. It should not hurt the Royals, as they have Monday off.
They were also without shortstop Alcides Escobar, who was hit in the head last night by a Danny Salazar pitch. The Royals said he was feeling better, but still had yet to go through concussion tests. Shouldn’t that have happened last night or this morning?