The KC Royals swept the Minnesota Twins with a 3-1 victory on Thursday afternoon. The Royals have now won five in a row as they head to Toronto for a weekend matchup.
The Royals scored all three of their runs in the 2nd inning and starter Bruce Chen and the bullpen made the lead stand up.
In the second, Billy Butler started the inning by working a walk and Justin Maxwell was hit by a pitch (for his second straight at-bat). Maxwell freaked out, but thankfully did not charge the mound and was alright (though Twins manager Ron Gardenhire was ejected). George Kottaras followed with a ground out to move the runners up for Alcides Escobar. Escobar singled in the first run and Chris Getz followed with an RBI single.
Thankfully, that was enough because the Royals offense went to sleep once Twins starter Sam Deduno left with a shoulder injury after three innings. Ryan Pressly threw three scoreless innings and allowed just one hit and a walk (both were erased on double plays). Caleb Thielbar did not allow a base runner over two innings and Glen Perkins worked around a hit in the ninth while striking out the side.
Meanwhile, Chen‘s lone blemish was the leadoff home run by Brian Dozier in the sixth. After recording the next two outs, he was relieved by Kelvin Herrera, who got a line out to end the inning. Chen‘s line looked like this: 5.2IP, 5H, R, BB, 3K.
Herrera then retired the Twins in order in the seventh. Will Smith followed and struck out two of the three batters he faced in the eighth. Greg Holland picked up his 36th save of the season by striking out two in the ninth.
*No Wilmington players were named to the Carolina League end of season All-Star team. Only one Lexington player was named to the South Atlantic League end of season team. That would be lefty starter Daniel Stumpf, who is 10-9 with a 3.03 ERA in 24 starts. In 133.2 innings, he has allowed 101 hits (ten home runs) and 46 walks while striking out 114.