Kansas City defeated Arizona 16-4 on Monday afternoon getting offense from nearly every Royal who played in the game. KC had one noticeable player missing from the victory, with Alex Gordon scratched due to back tightness.
Ned Yost told the media that Gordon noticed the tightness after taking some swings and the team gave him the day off. When Yost was asked about the concern of the injury he initially said he had none before saying he had one percent of concern.
While Gordon’s injury appears to be nothing fans could feel a little worried considering the MASH unit the team turned out to be after Spring Training last year. Thankfully the club is taking the precautionary route since we’re only four games into camp.
Billy Butler and Mike Moustakas each had two hits apiece while combining for five RBIs before being removed. In addition, Chris Getz, Jeff Francoeur and Elliot Johnson had two-hit games. Getz also scored twice before Irving Falu came in to play. Max Ramirez hit a grand slam and Adam Moore hit another home run for KC
The Royals had three big innings scoring five runs off Texas starter Randall Delgado in the bottom of the first inning. Kansas City scored four in the fourth and five in the fifth inning before putting the final two more on the board in the eighth inning.
Chris Dwyer made his first start of the spring getting in 1.2 innings allowing just one hit but three runs though two earned and three walks, before Nate Adcock came in for 1.1 innings in which he allowed just one hit. Probably the most anticipated appearance on Monday was Noel Arguelles whom many have waited to see in live action.
Arguelles got two innings of work, allowing one run on three hits but did strike out two Rangers during his outing. J.C. Gutierrez, Blaine Boyer, Sugar Ray Marimon and Atahualpa Severino combined to not allow a hit or runs. Tomorrow Kansas City will play Cleveland with Wade Davis making his first start of the spring.