Young no-hits Tribe thru five, Royals avoid sweep

The KC Royals avoided a sweep at the hands of visiting Cleveland, wining 3-0 in their regular season home finale.

Royals right-hander Chris Young pitching on the backfields during spring training 2015 (Jen Nevius).

Royals right-hander Chris Young pitching on the backfields during spring training 2015 (Jen Nevius).

Chris Young made his first start since July 28th a memorable one.

Young did not allow a hit over the first five innings. He induced three ground outs, got six fly outs, and struck out two (including Jason Kipnis to start the game). Young carried a perfect game into the fourth, when he walked Michael Brantley with two outs.

Of the 68 pitches he threw, 41 were strikes.

What everyone outside the Royals clubhouse did not know until after the game was that Young’s father passed away Saturday night (and he has left the team). He wanted to honor his dad and what a way to do it.

After Young, Danny Duffy threw a scoreless sixth. Ryan Madson was next and he allowed the Indians’ first hit, a single to start the seventh by Rookie of the Year candidate Francisco Lindor. Madson then walked Brantley, before getting out of the inning unscathed.

Kelvin Herrera had a perfect eighth, before handing the ball off to Wade Davis. Davis earned his 14th save, though he did allow a one out double to Kipnis (the Indians’ second hit). Davis struck out two.

 

The Royals squeaked out just enough offense against Indians starter Danny Salazar. In the bottom of the fourth, they scored two runs, one on an Eric Hosmer double and the other on a Mike Moustakas ground out.

The Royals tacked on some insurance in the seventh on an Alex Gordon RBI single.

 

The Royals now head out on the road for the rest of the regular season, beginning Monday with a makeup game against the playoff bound Chicago Cubs. If you check around social media, you will see the “Rookie Dress Up Day” photos of the Royals dressed as inmates.

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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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