The KC Royals battered the Arizona Diamondbacks on Monday afternoon, with a 16-4 win. It was the Royals first game against a team other than the Texas Rangers.
Can the season start already?
It all got started in the bottom of the first inning, when the Royals scored five runs. They put together five straight hits in that inning. The Dbacks came right back with three runs of their own in the top of the 2nd inning, all charged to Royals starter Chris Dwyer. He left with the bases loaded and Nate Adcock allowed all three runners to score (two on a single and one on an error).
But the Royals just kept on hitting.
They scored four runs in the 4th inning, with two coming on a Billy Butler double. In the fifth, the Royals scored five more runs. With the bases loaded and two outs, Max Ramirez hit a grand slam. Adam Moore followed with a solo shot.
The Royals added two more runs in the eighth, with Willy Taveras driving in a run with a triple and Christian Colon following with an infield single.
After Dwyer and Adcock were done pitching (the third inning), it was pretty much smooth sailing for the Royals pitching staff. Noel Arguelles allowed a run in his two innings of work. Then the Royals bullpen followed with four perfect innings of relief. Juan Gutierrez started the dominance by striking out one in his one inning of relief. Blaine Boyer and Sugar Ray Marimon followed with an inning each, before Athualpa Severino struck out one in closing out the lopsided victory.
On offense, Chris Getz, Butler, Mike Moustakas, Jeff Francoeur, and Elliott Johnson all collected two hits. Frenchy also had an outfield assist, a run scored, and an RBI. Getz led off and scored two runs. Butler scored two runs and drove in three. Moose scored a run and drove in two. Johnson also scored a run and drove in a run.
The Royals finally head out on the road and away from Surprise on Tuesday, as they head to Goodyear to play Cleveland. Wade Davis is expected to start for the Royals with Yordano Ventura and Dan Wheeler expected to pitch in relief. The Indians are throwing a bullpen game, with Matt Albers scheduled to start. Closer Chris Perez, Bryan Shaw, and Scott Barnes are also expected to throw.
*Alex Gordon was scratched from the lineup with back tightness. The Royals were unsure if he would play on Tuesday.