I believe it was Ryan Lefebvre who stated during the telecast that the 5 runs the Royals scored in the first inning in this Jeremy Guthrie start were already as many as they’d provided him in his last 5 starts overall. Needless to say, Guthrie has been hurting for run support and tonight the Royals finally delivered for him.
The Royals started the game off with 4 singles in a row to score 2 runs before Alex Gordon and Lorenzo Cain each added a double in the inning to give the Royals a 5-0 lead in the first. They added a run in the second via an Eric Hosmer sacrifice fly after Aoki led off the inning with a double and moved to third via Omar Infante‘s sac fly to center. They scored their final run in the seventh via a Billy Butler single after Omar Infante and Eric Hosmer had gotten on base with a single and walk respectively.
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Overall the Royals had 12 hits with 4 going for extra-bases. A few important notes: Omar Infante went 3-5, Billy Butler went 2-5 with 2 RBIs, and Eric Hosmer went 1-2 with 2 walks. Hopefully all three of these guys can continue building some offensive consistency.
Jeremy Guthrie (3-6) went 5 and 2/3 innings for the Royals, giving up 6 hits with 9 strikeouts and 4 walks. He gave up 2 earned runs. He was supported with 3 and 1/3 innings of scoreless relief via Aaron Crow, Francisley Bueno, Kelvin Herrera, and Tim Collins.
Jose Quintana (3-7) pitched 6 innings for the White Sox. He gave up 8 hits with 6 strikeouts and 1 walk. Scott Carrol pitched the final 3 innings for Chicago and gave up 4 hits and an earned run with 2 strikeouts and 3 walks.
With a Detroit loss tonight, the Royals are now only 1.5 games out of first place. Things look a lot different than they did 2 weeks ago. They could be leading the division by Monday. That’s insane.