Royals score seven in seventh to beat White Sox

The KC Royals came back to beat division rival Chicago, 9-2 in Glendale. They broke the 2-2 tie in the seventh with seven runs. The game also saw backup catcher candidate Tony Cruz hit into a 7-6-1 triple play.

Jorge Bonifacio

Outfielder Jorge Bonifacio during spring training 2015 (Jen Nevius).

The 7th inning started with a Clint Barmes single. With Raul Mondesi running (he would ground out to end the inning), Whit Merrifield doubled. Pinch-hitter Brett Eibner followed with a walk to load the bases. Cruz reached on a force (plus an error), which allowed a run to score and kept the bases loaded.

Jorge Bonifacio followed with a two-run double to chase the White Sox reliever. Orlando Calixte greeted the new reliever with an RBI single.

With one out, backup catching candidate Drew Butera hit a two-run, inside-the-park home run.

The Royals collected 11 hits from ten different players (with five coming from the bench). Alex Gordon had two hits from the leadoff spot.

The big inning made a winner of Danny Duffy, who escaped a bases loaded jam in his first inning and allowed a solo home run in his second. That came after Ian Kennedy threw the first three innings and both finished with similar lines: 3IP, 2H, R, HR, except Duffy struck out two and hit two, while Kennedy struck out one and walked one.

Luke Hochevar followed with a perfect seventh. Brian Duensing struck out one in his perfect eighth. Ross Ohlendorf had his first scoreless inning of the spring, allowing one hit while striking out two.

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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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