Jun 13, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Jeremy Guthrie (11) pitches against the Chicago White Sox during the first inning at U.S Cellular Field. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports

Royals Guarantee They'll Leave Detroit In First Place

Things keep rolling as the Royals took the third straight of a four-game series from the Detroit Tigers this afternoon 2-1. Kansas City scored drew blood first yet again as Alex Gordon hit a single that bounced off of second base allowing Hosmer to score after singling and stealing second base all in the first inning. Omar Infante followed that up with a solo home run in the fifth inning.

However, the most mesmerizing thing to watch in this game was the dominant performance by Jeremy Guthrie who went 6.2 innings giving up one run on four hits with nine strikeouts and a walk. Jeremy was dominant through six innings before getting tagged for a solo shot in the seventh by J.D. Martinez.

Speaking of solid pitching performances, Drew Smyly didn’t exactly get lit up either. He went seven inning giving up two runs on seven hits with six strikeouts and no walks.

While it’s hard not to love blowing out a team with an abundance of runs, it’s nice to see that the Royals now seem to be capable of winning a close game with the Tigers as well. And while Royals fan will and should be happy with a guaranteed series win after today, nobody in their right mind isn’t going to hope the Royals are heading home tomorrow night having swept Detroit.

Maybe the Royals will never lose again? I hope I hope.

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  • unclejesse40

    I love how the Royals don’t have a weak link in the rotation right now. Guthrie in the past would have been our #2 pitcher and now he is a very solid #5 on this team. I hope to see some more people out at the ballpark this weekend for what looks to be some good pitchers duals with the Mariners.

  • jimfetterolf

    I like Guthrie, been solid and occasionally dominant, although some don’t appreciate him. He’s why I don’t think the Royals need to trade the farm for the Cubs’ Shark. Guthrie, plus the couple of two or three top prospects the trade would cost, is worth more to the team than bringing in a national leaguer.

  • Stan Colbert

    I am really beginning to hate Yost. Top 8 no out Dyson & Infante on. #1. That bunter has to move up the runners! Bunt is reliable, If Hos can’t bunt that is unacceptable! The bench is stocked. No other 1 base, unacceptable! 1 out men on 1b, & 2b cause of flyout King of GIDP up, again bench stocked. That was a terrible 15 minutes that could have ruined this whole series to this point due to absolute incompetence. I say Dyson has to at least get to third in that situation. No excuse.

    • Ryan Caltrider

      I think I deciphered that. Let me get this straight, you’re criticizing Yost for NOT bunting? I think the bunt is Yost’s favorite play. I’m kind of surprised he didn’t do it there but I’m glad he didn’t. For the most part, I hate the sacrifice bunt. I hate giving away outs. And Hosmer is your #3 batter (#2 today) and he absolutely shouldn’t be sacrifice bunting. If you really want Dyson at third, I would rather have him try to steal it and not give away a free out.

      • Stan Colbert

        I understand. My thought is simply the runner scoring in that situation is the second most important thing behind eventually winning the game. The best option of course would be Hos getting a hit. That way if Billy GIDP Dyson can still score. You apparently have more faith in Hos & Billy than I.
        The sacrifice would remove the double play scenario, dramatically decreasing the chances of Billy hitting GIDP.

    • moretrouble

      No one’s going to bunt their no. 3 hitter. Forget about it … that’s not why those guys hit third. Further, the bunt is NOT reliable … not in the sense that it works every time. I didn’t see any incompetence among the teams today.

      • Ryan Caltrider

        I wouldn’t go as far as to say incompetence, but Guthrie should have been yanked after the HR. In the end it didn’t cost another run, but it could have.

        • moretrouble

          Part of the fun of these forums is to discuss strategy …Yost went by the “book” today — his starter went 100 pitches and was removed from the game with the tying run in scoring position. My gut tells me Yost didn’t want to use Herrera today, just like he didn’t want to use Meriot the other night. But, for the sake of safety, both were used in the respective games and the outcome was favorable both times. I never fault a manager when the outcome is negative, but in this case, one can hardly place any blame on a manager whose team won it’s tenth in a row today.