The KC Royals offense was stagnant yet again, as they lost the opener to Minnesota, 2-0. The Twins are now just 3.5 games back of the Royals for first place in the American League Central. They face each other three more times this weekend.
The Royals collected just four hits, all singles against Twins starter Kyle Gibson (who walked four over eight innings).
They had the bases loaded in the fourth with two outs, but Salvador Perez struck out. In the eighth, they had runners at first and second base with one out, but Gibson struck out Lorenzo Cain and induced a ground out from Eric Hosmer to end the threat.
Meanwhile, Chris Young was solid in the start. He allowed one run, which came in the fifth on an RBI triple. Overall, he allowed six hits and walked one over 5.1 innings. He struck out two and picked off a base runner.
Twins rookie Miguel Sano made his Major League debut and collected his first hit in the ninth against Royals closer Greg Holland. Holland allowed a run on two hits.
*As I wrote earlier in the day, Kyle Zimmer was promoted from Low-A Lexington to Double-A NW Arkansas. Zimmer made his debut with the Naturals tonight and struck out five of the six batters he faced in two innings of relief.
The Naturals won 15-4 in their first game after the All-Star break.