Hope the Royals saved some runs for Tuesday

The KC Royals opened up their homestand with the Minnesota Twins with a bang. They scored six runs in the bottom of the second en route to the 13-0 victory. Hopefully, they saved some runs for Tuesday night with ace James Shields on the mound.

Jeremy Guthrie started for the Royals and got into a bit of trouble in the very first inning, allowing a hit and a walk, but escaped. In the top of the second, he allowed another single, but did not allow a big inning.

johnny_automatic_firecrackerAfter the Royals left runners on the corners in the first, they erupted against Twins starter Kevin Correia in the second.

The Royals sent 11 men to the plate. Mike Moustakas led off the inning with a single and came up again to drive in two runs with two outs with a single. They scored their first run of the game with one out on a bases loaded walk. Eric Hosmer then followed with a two-run single before Billy Butler followed with an RBI single. After an out and another walk (the third of the inning), Moose came through with his second hit of the inning.

The game was pretty uneventful from then on until Hosmer hit a three-run homerun with no outs in the 6th inning. Twins lefty Brian Duensing had retired 9 of the 10 batters he faced over three inning of work before rookie Ryan Pressly allowed the three runs.

Pressly was then rocked in the seventh, as he allowed four hits and three more runs before being lifted with one out. Caleb Thielbar was not much better, as he allowed a double and an RBI ground out before escaping.

 

Meanwhile Guthrie was cruising with the HUGE cushion. After the six-run 2nd inning, he allowed a leadoff double in the fourth and a two out single in the fifth. However, Guthrie then retired 13 in a row for the complete game shutout. He struck out seven and threw 71 of his 106 pitches for strikes.

 

It got so bad for the Twins that veteran Jamey Carroll came on to pitch the bottom of the 8th inning and they pulled all of their stars. He had a 1-2-3 inning.

 

The Royals collected 16 hits, but their 4-5 hitters (Alex Gordon and Miguel Tejada) went a combined 0-for-8. However Hosmer collected three hits and five RBIs, Moose had four hits and two RBIs, while Lorenzo Cain, Butler, and Alcides Escobar each had two hits.

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