Lorenzo Cain Drives KC Royals Past White Sox


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It took the 2014 KC Royals 30 days to score seven or more runs in back-to-back games. It would appear that the 2015 Royals weren’t so patient.

On the back of homers by Eric Hosmer and Lorenzo Cain, the Royals improved to 2-0 in 2015 with a 7-5 win over the White Sox. It took the Royals a mere three days to score seven or more runs in back-to-back games this time around.

Game two of the three game set was a much more competitive affair than the 10-1 blowout in game one, seeing five lead changes, including two instances in which the Royals took the lead and the White Sox immediately tied it up the next half inning.

Royals and White Sox starters Danny Duffy and Jose Quintana were both roughed up for five runs each in their respective five innings, although a strong two-strikeout performance by Jason Frasor in the 6th kept Duffy from attaining any more damage to his line.

The Royals only got two runs on non-home runs, on singles from Kendrys Morales in the 1st inning and Salvador Perez in the 6th, leaving the rest of the run production to the long ball.

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Hosmer started the action with a three-run blast to right center, grabbing the lead back from the White Sox just an inning after Tyler Flowers‘ three-run homer in the 2nd put the White Sox up 3-1.

The White Sox quickly tied the game the next half inning, on Gordon Beckham‘s single in the 4th, driving in Avisail Garcia, who had three hits on the night.

Perez proceeded to tie the game two innings later, driving in Hosmer, to retake the lead, but the White Sox once again bounced right back to tie the game in the next half inning on a Alexei Ramirez sacrifice fly.

The Royals managed to keep the game tied behind three dominant innings from Frasor, Kelvin Herrera, and Wade Davis (yeah, you’ve heard this one before), striking out five of the nine hitters to step into the box in the 6th, 7th, and 8th.

Lorenzo Cain then delivered the final blow, hitting a monster two-run blast onto the Royals Hall of Fame porch, putting the power expected from manager Ned Yost on full display.

Greg Holland slammed the door shut with a 1-2-3 9th inning, as the Royals proceeded to win its first series of the season.

Notables: Lorenzo Cain went 3-4 with his first home run of the season and two runs driven in, including the go-ahead run in the 8th. Eric Hosmer also hit his first homer of the season, going 2-5 with three runs driven in. Alcides Escobar had three-hits on the night, while Alex Rios and Salvador Perez added two-hits apiece. The Royals totaled 14 hits on the night, with the only hitless Royals being Alex Gordon and Omar Infante. The Royals offense as a whole has been notable, scoring 17 runs on four homers in its first two games. It should be remembered that it took the Royals eight games to hit its first home run last season

Next: Chicago White Sox vs. Kansas City Royals, Thursday, Apr. 9, 1:10 p.m. at Kauffman Stadium; LHP John Danks (11-11, 4.74 ERA in 2014) vs. RHP Edinson Volquez (13-7, 3.04 ERA in 2014)

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