The Royals are in Second Place!

I know it is only August 12th, but when was the last time you can remember that the KC Royals were in second place this late in the season? It IS time to get excited.

party3The Royals welcomed the Miami Marlins to Kauffman Stadium for the first time and a little fire on I-70 did not deter them from taking the first game of the series, 6-2.

The Marlins tied the game in the top of the sixth at 2-2 only to see the Royals re-take the lead with a three-spot in the bottom of the inning. They sent six men to the plate and chased Marlins starter Tom Koehler from the game. Four of their 12 hits came in the sixth, three of which drove in runs.

Wade Davis returned to the mound for the first time since the death of his step-brother and pitched well to earn his sixth win of the season. He allowed two runs on six hits over six innings. He walked two and struck out three.

The Marlins did have five base runners against four Royals relievers, but did not score.

 

Six different Royals drove in runs and the bottom of the order did most of the damage. Chris Getz returned from his rehab assignment in Omaha to go 3-for-4. Alcides Escobar hit behind him in the order and went 2-for-4 with a double.

 

The series continues on Tuesday as veteran Bruce Chen will duel with rookie sensation (and All-Star) Jose Fernandez.

 

 

*On a negative note, third baseman Mike Moustakas left the game with an injured leg. Newly acquired infielder Jamey Carroll got his first action as a Royal as his replacement and went 0-for-2.

 

**Now to the standings. Cleveland lost the rookie starters duel to Minnesota, which pushed the Royals into second place by a 1/2 game. Detroit also lost, meaning the Royals are just 6.5 games back of first place in the American League Central. They are also just four games back of the Wild Card and only need to jump two teams now for the final spot.

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