Royals win first home game

The KC Royals won their first home game of the Cactus League this afternoon, beating Colorado, 3-2. The bees also attacked. All three Royals runs came via the long ball.

Bubba Starling

Blue Rocks centerfielder Bubba Starling on deck against Salem on May 12, 2014 (Jen Nevius).

Paulo Orlando put the Royals in the lead in the bottom of the second with a no doubt about it solo home run to dead center. Bubba Starling collected his first spring hit in the sixth, a two-run inside-the-park home run off veteran Jason Motte.

Hunter Dozier made his second straight start at third base and went 1-for-2 with a strikeout. Cheslor Cuthbert was out once again with a back issue.

The leadoff spot, Raul Mondesi and Whit Merrifield, combined to go 2-for-4 (Merrifield went 1-for-1).

Edinson Volquez made his second spring start and pitched three scoreless innings. He struck out two, with his lone base runner being a hit batter. Volquez induced five ground outs.

Joakim Soria made his spring debut and needed just six pitches to retire the side in order. Soria did not get a chance to show off his offspeed pitches.

Miguel Almonte followed and allowed one run on three hits over three innings. He struck out four and induced three ground outs.

Brian Duensing pitched a perfect eighth before Ross Ohlendorf allowed another home run in the ninth (his third in three appearances).


The Royals have yet another split squad game tomorrow, one at home and the other in Peoria against Seattle. Matt Strahm is getting the start against the Mariners, with Scott Alexander, David Huff, Brooks Pounders, Peter Moylan, and Aroni Nina to follow. Yordano Ventura will be starting against Milwaukee, with Kelvin Herrera, Wade Davis, Brian Flynn, Sam Selman, and Alec Mills to follow.


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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