Blanton outduels the King

That is not a headline I expected to be writing.

The KC Royals went into Seattle and beat the Mariners ace, King Felix, in a place that he flat out dominates. He was also looking for his league-leading 11th victory.

Royals bagInstead, it was Royals starter Joe Blanton who dominated. He won consecutive starts for the first time since June of 2012.

The lone run Blanton allowed came on a two out, solo home run in the first to Robinson Cano. He then retired 16 in a row before a leadoff double by Austin Jackson in the seventh ended his night.

Blanton struck out seven and did not walk a batter. He lowered his ERA to 1.73.


The Royals offense jumped on King Felix in the top of the second for two runs, as Alex Rios and Omar Infante drove in runs with two out singles. In the third, Mike Moustakas doubled in the third run.

Moose and leadoff man Alcides Escobar had five of the team’s ten hits.


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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