The KC Royals took the rain shortened game over St. Louis, 3-2. They look for the series sweep on Sunday (LIVE on MLB Network).
Royals starter Edinson Volquez was shaky, especially in the second, when the Cardinals took a 1-0 lead. It could have been MUCH worse.
The Cardinals loaded the bases with nobody out on a double and then back-to-back walks. Yadier Molina hit a potential double play ball to Mike Moustakas at third base, but it took a bad bounce and got him in the throat. Moose recovered to get Molina at first base, but a run scored.
Volquez then got an infield pop up and a fly out to escape further damage.
The Royals came right back to take the lead. Kendrys Morales singled to start the inning and Alex Gordon hit a no doubt home run for the 2-1 lead.
The Royals added insurance (and the eventual game winner) in the fourth. Eric Hosmer doubled to start the inning and used aggressive base running to move to third base on a fly out to left field. He scored on Salvador Perez‘ single.
Volquez was shaky again in the fifth, when the Cardinals scored their second run. They once again had the bases loaded, but Jhonny Peralta grounded the first pitch he saw into an inning ending double play.
Volquez’ best inning came in the game’s final inning, the sixth. He was perfect and threw just nine pitches.
*Moose left the game with a clavicle injury and is listed as day-to-day.