After sweeping their way through the American League in the postseason, it did not take the Kansas City Royals long to pick up their first sweep of the 2015 regular season. Behind the excellent pitching of Edinson Volquez and new power element in the lineup, the Royals defeated the White Sox by a score of 4-1 this afternoon.
The Royals got a quick run in the first. After Alcides Escobar doubled on a 3-2 pitch and moved to third on a sacrifice bunt, Lorenzo Cain grounded out to short to plate the first run of the game. The Royals had another prime scoring chance in the bottom of the third, with runners on second and third with one out. Unfortunately, Mike Moustakas fouled out and Cain flew out harmlessly to center to end the threat.
Kansas City had another threat in the bottom of the fifth, as Paulo Orlando tripled to lead off the inning. Once again, White Sox starter John Danks was able to escape trouble, getting Omar Infante to pop out to second before getting two fly balls to keep the Royals off the board.
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However, Danks could not keep the Royals offense at bay. Cain doubled to deep center, and moved to third on a groundout to second. This time, the Royals cashed in that runner, as Kendrys Morales doubled to left, plating Cain to give the Royals a 2-0 lead. After a groundout, Salvador Perez continued the Royals power streak, belting a two run home run to left to put the Royals on top 4-0.
Those four runs were more than enough for Volquez, who had been cruising through the White Sox lineup all afternoon. Chicago broke through in the top of the seventh when Volquez struggled through a patch of wildness, hitting Adam LaRoche with a pitch and walking Avisail Garcia before Alexi Ramirez looped a single to shallow left to give the White Sox their first run of the game.
That would prove to be all the White Sox would get, as Volquez pitched a scoreless eighth before Greg Holland slammed the door on the Royals 4-1 victory. Volquez earned the win, pitching eight solid innings while giving up one run on four hits, a walk and a hit batter, striking out five.
Perez was 1-3 with the two run home run and a walk.