Aug 5, 2013; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Royals first basemen Eric Hosmer (35) hits a three-run home run against the Minnesota Twins during the sixth inning at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Peter G. Aiken-USA TODAY Sports

Royals Jeremy Guthrie Shuts Out Twins; Eric Hosmer Has Career Game

Aug 5, 2013; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Royals pitcher Jeremy Guthrie (11) delivers a pitch against the Minnesota Twins during the first inning at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Peter G. Aiken-USA TODAY Sports

Eric Hosmer drove in a career-high five runs and Jeremy Guthrie threw his second shutout this year (and in his career) to lead the Royals to a 13-0 win over the Twins.

The win was their 14th since the All-Star break and third in a row after Friday’s loss in New York. And really, it wasn’t much of a contest. After stranding two in the first inning, the Royals loaded the bases against starter Kevin Correia in the second after a Mike Moustakas double, a George Kottaras walk, and a bunt single from Alcides Escobar. Jarrod Dyson hit a grounder to second and Brian Dozier went home to get the first out of the inning.

Then the fun began.

Lorenzo Cain walked in a run, Hosmer drove in two on a single, Billy Butler drove in Cain, then Moustakas drove in Hosmer and Butler (who scored from second base, no less) and the Royals were well on their way. Correia didn’t come out in the third inning.

Hosmer added three more with a sixth-inning homer (his team-leading 12th of the year) to center and Kansas City added four more in the seventh. Ned Yost told reporters after the game that it was the least stressful game he’s had all year. It was so weird that Jamey Carroll – an infielder most days – took the mound in the eighth inning to save the Twins bullpen. Apparently, a Royals fan decided to cool off by jumping into the fountains in right field.

In fact, there’s a slideshow of the fountain adventure. But anyway…

Guthrie cruised after a tough first at bat. Dozier led off with an 11 pitch at bat, but Guthrie finished him off for the first of his seven strikeouts. He walked just one and gave up only four hits.

Mike Moustakas added four hits, a career high of his own. Every Royals starter other than Alex Gordon reached base and eight different players scored runs. Five scored twice.

All of this happened on the first game of a ten game homestand that follows an 8-1 road trip. The Royals are playing as well as any team in the league right now and, thanks to their offensive explosion on Monday night, will have a Twins team in town with a depleted bullpen and a rookie starter going on Tuesday. Maybe it’s excitement. Maybe it’s optimism, but I could smell a sweep – though the final game could be difficult. Wade Davis is scheduled to pitch but may not be back with the team yet after going on the emergency leave list on Sunday.

So what did we learn with tonight’s game? For one, the offense can be very good when Hosmer and Moustakas are hitting. Even with an 0-5 from Alex Gordon – who had carried the team in the first two months of the year – the Royals had no trouble putting up runs. We learned that maybe Lorenzo Cain could be a viable leadoff hitter (although a few games aren’t a great sample to go with, Cain’s drawn walks this season, has some pop, hits, and has speed). We learned that Jeremy Guthrie, who might have some more rough starts the rest of the year, can still be very good on any given night.

We’ve learned that the Royals are 35-22 since June.

And 3.5 games behind a wild card spot.

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  • jimfetterolf

    That looked like the old days, a dominant pitcher, Dennis Leonard?, and a functioning offense with more than one guy hitting. This is the team I expected at the beginning of the year.

    Have heard it suggested that if Davis isn’t back that Duffy might get the call. Maybe wishful thinking, but interesting.

    • Michael Engel

      I believe I’d read that Duffy is lined up for a Wednesday start in Omaha as it is. Seems the logical guy to use. He’s ready, just doesn’t have a spot open for him yet.

      • jimfetterolf

        Some question as to whether Davis will be back from family leave, only reason it’s come up, either Will Smith or Danny Duffy for a one game fill-in.

        • Michael Engel

          Well yes, that’s what I was getting at. Conditions are perfect for Duffy to make the fill-in start if they want him to. Option Smith for Duffy, Duffy starts, Davis returns, option Duffy back to Omaha, roster’s right back to where it was and you don’t have to fuss with any other moves.

  • Eric Akers

    Moose has been looking good the last month or so. Imagine our team without the holes we had to start the year at RF, 2B, and 3B. If Tejada can look average the rest of the way, Lough/Maxwell provide decent/good offense and defense, and Moose looks like he is out of his funk. Hosmer has already removed his funk. All of those spots were killing us offensively, now we can start to look like the dangerous team we were all hoping for. Possibly too late, but it would be a good way of going into next year if we can’t make the wild card.