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Royals Drub Indians 7-1; Ventura Cruises

The Kansas City Royals gave their fans a nice holiday treat Friday night by administering a thorough 7-1 thrashing to a division rival, the Cleveland Indians, on Independence Day. Barbecue, beverages, fireworks, and a Royals victory: now that’s the proper way to honor our nation’s birthday.

Yordano Ventura started for the Royals and did yeoman’s work, taking a shutout into the ninth inning, while his teammates pummelled Cleveland starter Josh Tomlin for ten hits (four for extra bases) and five runs in 5 & 2/3rds.

Christian Colon started at second base for KC — his first big league start — in place of Omar Infante, whose recent back problems flared up again. Colon had a memorable night, with two doubles, a triple, and his first big league RBI.

Lorenzo Cain drove in two runs on a single and double, and Mike Moustakas also had a multi-hit game, including a three run bomb in the sixth that sent Tomlin to the showers.

Ventura’s final line was six hits, two walks, one run, and 4 K’s in 8 and 1/3rd innings. A fine performance.

When this team plays the way they did tonight, it’s easy to get excited about the possibilities. At the season’s half way point, the Royals have shown enough talent to engender hopes for pennant race fever. 2014 really could be the year the Royals break the long drought.


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  • Stan Colbert

    There is no doubt they could be a really good team! If they just put their rally killers together in the lineup that would help significantly! That way the other six guys could have a better opportunity to score runs. Hey, if they want to show up too we can score maybe 6-7 runs. I certainly do not see the logic of sitting a .300 hitter which also raises the level of defense performance.
    What they going to do about Colon? He looked great! Maybe they thought if they brought him up during a road trip over a holiday and he Went off no one would notice, but now there is a situation with Moose/Esky/Infante/Colon who does Ned sit? Wouldn’t be surprised to see Val. play second tomorrow. Great game!