Royals beat O’s, Gordon continues rehab, and pitchers bat

The KC Royals played Baltimore for the first time since last season’s ALCS and beat them 8-3.

Down 3-1 heading into the sixth, the Royals scored seven runs, sending 11 men to the plate. It all started with a runner third and two outs.

Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas on St. Patty's Day 2014 (Jen Nevius).

Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas on St. Patty’s Day 2014 (Jen Nevius).

Mike Moustakas got the scoring started with a two-run home run to tie the game. After a Salvador Perez single and an Alex Rios double, Omar Infante tripled them in (and scored on a throwing error). Alcides Escobar followed with a single to chase O’s starter Ubaldo Jimenez from the game.

Ben Zobrist greeted O’s reliever Brad Brach with a single and Lorenzo Cain drove in the final two runs with a single. The inning finally came to an end on an Eric Hosmer bunt ground out.

The Orioles scored two runs in the top of the first against Royals starter Kris Medlen, who was making his first start as a Royal and his first start since September of 2013. Manny Machado led off the game with a double (the call was overturned from being an out) and two batters later, Adam Jones homered.

Medlen earned the victory, allowing three runs on five hits over six innings. He struck out six and retired the final seven batters he faced. Franklin Morales followed with two perfect innings before Luke Hochevar pitched a perfect ninth with two strikeouts.

*Alex Gordon continued his rehab assignment with Triple-A Omaha and started as their DH and leadoff hitter. As the DH, he went 1-for-3 with a single and a strikeout.

Gordon then moved to left field to start the 5th inning (which is where Orlando Calixte had started). As the left fielder, Gordon walked (but was doubled off first base on a pop up to shortstop) and grounded into an inning ending double play.

Andy Ferguson pitching during spring training 2015 (Jen Nevius).

Andy Ferguson pitching during spring training 2015 (Jen Nevius).

With Gordon moving to the outfield, that forced the pitchers to bat. Starter Andy Ferguson struck out looking to lead off the 6th inning in his first professional at-bat. He earned the victory, as he allowed just three hits over 6.2 scoreless innings. He struck out two.

Wandy Rodriguez walked in the eighth, before Gordon’s double play ground out. Rodriguez stranded an inherited runner in the seventh and went on to throw two more scoreless innings of relief. He struck out three (two in the ninth).

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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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