I was a happy girl this afternoon, as MLB Network picked up the KC Royals-Atlanta Braves game on Wednesday afternoon. It’s not too often that the baseball network airs Royals games, so today was a great day. It was made even greater with a Royals win.
The win was great for many reasons:
1. Wade Davis looked very good. He mixed in his off speed pitches very well, especially in the later innings. He only allowed five hits while striking out seven. Davis did not issue a walk and threw 62 of his 92 pitches for strikes.
Davis took a line drive off his butt that resulted in an out. He was helped out in his final inning by Chris Getz. With Juan Francisco on first base and two outs, Chris Johnson blooped a ball down the right field line. Getz dove to try and make the catch, but it rolled behind the tarp. Getz quickly got to his feet and threw a one hopper home to get Francisco at the plate by about two steps. That play kept the shutout and lead in place.
2. Kelvin Herrera recovered from last night’s home run barrage to pitch a scoreless 8th inning. He faced Jason Heyward again and got him to ground into a force out to end the inning.
3. Greg Holland is BACK. His fastball had movement, as did his off speed pitches. He struck out the Braves middle of the order (Justin Upton, Evan Gattis, and Dan Uggla) on 14 pitches.
4. The Royals ended the Braves winning streak at ten games and gave them just their second loss of the season.
5. Jeff Francoeur was the offensive hero in his return to Atlanta. He even received a good amount of cheers from the sparse Braves crowd. I’m sure they wish they had changed their tune when he delivered the game’s only RBI single in the 4th inning. That came with two outs.
Alcides Escobar scored the game’s only run, as he went 2-for-4 and Lorenzo Cain went 3-for-4.
The Royals have another day off on Thursday before playing in Boston for three games over the weekend. It will be the Red Sox first time back at Fenway since the Boston Marathon bombing.