Royals beat Dodgers 5-1

The KC Royals came back to beat the LA Dodgers, 5-1. The Dodgers led 1-0 after the first.

Kendrys Morales

DH Kendrys Morales at the plate during spring training 2015 (Jen Nevius).

The Royals scored a run in the second to tie the game and took the lead for good in the fifth. Alex Gordon started the scoring in the 5th inning with an RBI single off Dodgers lefty JP Howell (the first batter Howell faced). Kendrys Morales followed with a two-run home run (one of his two hits). After Jorge Bonifacio doubled, Cody Decker drove him in with a single.

Kris Medlen got the start and retired ten of the final 11 batters he faced. Over four innings, Medlen allowed one run on three hits. He struck out four and induced five ground outs.

Kelvin Herrera followed with a perfect fifth. He struck out two. Ross Ohlendorf also struck out two, though it was over two perfect innings.

Brooks Pounders, back up from minor league camp, escaped a bases loaded jam in the eighth (a hit, a walk, and a hit batter). Sam Selman (also up from minor league camp) recorded two outs, but walked two in the ninth. In came minor leaguer Andrew Edwards, and in his first big league game, he earned the save. Edwards got a fly out to end the game.

 

While many of the Royals regulars were headed to San Antonio for back-to-back games versus the Texas Rangers beginning Friday night, many of their minor leaguers got the chance to shine today. Some did.

Angel Franco

Utility man Angel Franco during spring training 2014 (Jen Nevius).

At the bottom of the Royals starting lineup, Angel Franco and Humberto Arteaga played the entire game. Franco started at third base and went 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI (he drove in the tying run in the second). Arteaga started at second base (and later moved to shortstop) and went 0-for-3 with a walk and a run scored. He also stole a base.

Jack Lopez pinch-hit for Raul Mondesi (who impressed on defense at shortstop) and singled in the ninth. Lopez stayed in the game to play second base.

Logan Moon played in his second big league game and went 1-for-2 with a run scored (he pinch ran for Gordon in the fifth) and a strikeout.

Other minor leaguers that got into the game include first baseman Frank Schwindel (0-for-2 with a strikeout), right fielder Elier Hernandez (0-for-1 with a strikeout), center fielder Brandon Downes (0-for-1 with a strikeout), and catcher Chad Johnson.

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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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