Royals win first spring training game

After starting the Cactus League season 0-4, the KC Royals finally earned a victory, beating the LA Angels in Tempe, 6-1.

The Royals actually trailed 1-0 heading into the top of the fifth.

Raul Mondesi

Shortstop Raul Mondesi during spring training 2015 (Jen Nevius).

With one out in the fifth, Cheslor Cuthbert singled. He then stole second base. Whit Merrifield followed with a single to third base, with Cuthbert moving to third. After a Tony Cruz fly out, Merrifield stole second base. Raul Mondesi came through with a two-run single to give the Royals the lead.

In the seventh, the Royals tacked on two more runs. Ramon Torres sacrificed a run in with a bunt. Dusty Coleman followed with a two out RBI triple.

In the eighth, they added two more runs on a two out RBI triple from Orlando Calixte followed by a Balbino Fuenmayor RBI single.

On offense, the Royals collected nine hits. Four of the hits came from the starting nine, though only one hit came from a regular (Alex Gordon). They went 5-for-12 with runners in scoring position.

Terrance Gore collected his first big league spring training hit, a single in the ninth off Angels reliever Cody Satterwhite.

 

Ground outs have been key so far for Royals pitchers and Sunday was no different. They induced 16 of them.

Chris Young

Shortstop Raul Mondesi during spring training 2015 (Jen Nevius).

Chris Young made his first spring training start, allowing one run on three hits and a walk over two innings. Dillon Gee made his Royals debut with two scoreless innings (a hit and a walk). Gee induced four ground outs.

Kelvin Herrera also made his first spring appearance, allowing a hit in one scoreless inning (two ground outs).

Chien-Ming Wang, one of the many non-roster invitees in camp, once again was impressive. He pitched two scoreless innings (three total), allowed one hit, and struck out one. Wang induced five ground outs.

Lefty Brian Flynn followed with a scoreless inning (a hit and a strikeout). Brooks Pounders rebounded from his rough first outing and pitched a scoreless ninth, striking out one (Quinton Berry) and inducing two ground outs.

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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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