The KC Royals offense busted out for five runs in the 2nd inning en route to their 7-2 victory over the LA Dodgers.
The 2nd inning all started with a one out walk. Hunter Dozier followed with a single and Christian Colon followed with an RBI double. Bubba Starling then singled in both runners to chase Dodgers starter Rich Hill.
Three straight walks forced in another run before a Jorge Soler sac fly finished the scoring.
In the fourth, Whit Merrifield tripled with one out and scored on a Cheslor Cuthbert sac fly. In the 6th inning, Raul Mondesi hit a pinch-hit solo home run (he went 2-for-2).
Ian Kennedy made his spring debut and threw two scoreless innings. The lone base runner against him was a one out walk in the 2nd inning that was then erased on an inning ending double play.
Josh Staumont followed and allowed a run on three hits while striking out two (both came in the fourth with a runner in scoring position). Former Royal Brett Eibner got the 3rd inning started with a leadoff single and scored on a sac fly.
Kevin McCarthy walked one and allowed a single in the fifth. One run scored on a ground out. Luke Farrell pitched a perfect sixth. Yender Caramo allowed a leadoff single to start the seventh, which was erased on an inning ending double play.
Lefty Eric Stout allowed a leadoff single in the eighth, but escaped. Malcom Culver pitched a perfect ninth.
Starling went 1-for-3 with two RBIs and two runs scored. His replacement in center field, Alfredo Escalera, went 1-for-1 with a double. It was a rough day at the plate for DH Peter O’Brien. He went 1-for-5 with four strikeouts. He was also caught stealing.
Up next, the Royals play a split squad game tomorrow. Jason Hammel will start the game in Surprise against the SF Giants. Jason Vargas will start in Goodyear against the Cincinnati Reds.