Rain doesn’t slow down Royals

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).

-rain-clipart-7It took less than two hours to play the first five and a half innings, but they needed more than an hour rain delay to finally call the game.

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.

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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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