After tying the game in the 4th inning, the KC Royals used the long ball to beat Milwaukee in Maryvale, 6-3. Rain delayed the game 22 minutes to start.
Catcher Brayan Pena blooped a double into the right field corner with two outs in the fourth to drive in two runs and tie the game at 2-2 (he had two hits). The Royals first base duo provided the thunder later in the game.
Ryan O’Hearn hit a solo home run with one out in the sixth to break the tie. In the 8th inning, Peter O’Brien, who entered on defense at first base in the sixth, hit a two-run homer to extend the Royals lead. O’Brien now has three Cactus League homers in just three games. His homer followed a Hunter Dozier RBI single.
Lefty Danny Duffy got the start and was a little shaky across 1.2 innings. He allowed a run in the first, which started with a leadoff triple. In the second with two outs, Duffy allowed a solo homer and reached his pitch limit. Though Duffy was originally expected to leave for the World Baseball Classic, he said after the game that he will pitch again for the Royals before joining the US team in Miami next week. Duffy only plans on pitching once for the US.
Luke Farrell followed and allowed a hit before getting a strikeout to end the 2nd inning. Matt Strahm followed and pitched two scoreless innings. He struck out the last batter of each inning.
Peter Moylan was credited with the victory, pitching a scoreless fifth (a hit and a strikeout). Kevin McCarthy walked one, before getting a strikeout and inducing two ground outs to escape the sixth. Lefty Eric Stout walked one and allowed a double, but was saved by Billy Burns in centerfield, as he threw a runner out at the plate.
Malcom Culver allowed a run in the eighth on two hits and a walk. Yender Caramo earned his second save of the spring after allowing a leadoff single. He induced a double play before getting another ground out to end the game.
The Royals host the World Series champion Chicago Cubs tomorrow afternoon in Surprise. Former Royals Wade Davis and Ben Zobrist are not expected to make the trip. Nate Karns will make his Royals debut.