Royals win as CC collects first hits

The KC Royals piled it on against the visiting Chicago Cubs, winning 10-0 this afternoon in front of over 11,000 fans.

Christian Colon

Royals utility man Christian Colon during spring training 2015 (Jen Nevius).

The Royals only led 2-0 heading into the seventh when the bench erupted for three in the seventh and five more in the eighth. Five of those runs came via home runs.

It just took him three weeks, but Christian Colon has his first spring training hit. Well actually, he now has two.

After lining out in his first at-bat, CC hit a ground rule double to lead off the fifth against Cubs starter John Lackey (he then came around to score on a one out single). He collected his second hit, a single, in the seventh.

 

The positives:

  • Starter Chris Young threw just 47 pitches in four scoreless innings. He struck out the side in the first and the only base runner through the first three innings came on a 2nd inning single, which was erased on a double play. In the fourth, Young escaped a bases loaded, one out jam by striking out the final two batters of the inning.
  • Reymond Fuentes, who is fighting for a roster spot, went 2-for-3 with four RBIs to raise his spring average to .375. He hit a three-run homer in the seventh (his second homer this spring).
  • Joakim Soria pitched another scoreless inning, as he struck out two.
  • David Huff inherited a bases loaded, no out jam in the seventh and escaped by getting a pop up and an inning ending double play. In the 8th inning, Huff allowed a two out single.

 

The negatives:

  • Lefty Brian Duensing took a line drive off his foot/ankle on a single to start the seventh. He stayed in the game to allow another single before leaving the game after a walk loaded the bases. He is day-to-day, but also has an opt-out date of March 29th.

 

 

*Starters Yordano Ventura and Edinson Volquez will not be traveling with the team to San Antonio for their two-game series against Texas on Friday and Saturday (they were supposed to start those two games). Instead, Dillon Gee will start on Friday and Chien-Ming Wang will start on Saturday. In the games in Arizona, Miguel Almonte will pitch on Friday, while Matt Strahm will pitch on Saturday.

**Former Royal Ben Zobrist led off for the Cubs to a nice ovation. He went 1-for-3.

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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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