Kansas City Royals Fall to Kyle Gibson and Twins 3-1
By David Hill
As much as we would have loved to see the Kansas City Royals continue to march through the regular season undefeated, the winning streak could not last forever. Unfortunately, that streak came to an end tonight, as Kyle Gibson out-dueled Edinson Volquez in the Minnesota Twins 3-1 victory.
The Twins appeared poised to score far more than those three runs, and from the very start. An infield single, a walk and a base hit loaded the bases before Volquez was able to record an out, bringing up the dangerous Brain Dozier. Dozier flew out to center, driving in the first run of the game and moving Torii Hunter to third. A ground ball to the pitcher froze Hunter at third, allowing the Royals to record the second out before a nice play by Mike Moustakas ended the threat.
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Kansas City broke through against Gibson in the top of the fourth. Moustakas led off with an opposite field base hit, as he continues to hit the ball against the shift. With two out, the inevitable Royal getting hit by a pitch happened, as Kendrys Morales was plunked, bringing up Alex Gordon. Swinging 3-0, Gordon singled to right to tie the game.
Unfortunately, that would be all the offense the Kansas City Royals would get. Meanwhile, the Twins answered in the bottom of the inning. With two out, Trevor Plouffe singled to center, and Oswaldo Arcia followed with a home run to right center, giving the Twins a 3-1 lead.
That would be all the support that Gibson would need. While the Royals had their chances, Gibson was able to generate ground ball after ground ball to throttle the Kansas City offense.
Volquez likewise settled sown after the fourth, but it was too late by that point. While he had a solid start, allowing only those three runs on five hits and a walk over his 7.2 innings of work, the Royals offense was unable to get anything going, leaving Volquez to take a tough loss.
Mike Moustakas continued to hit the ball well, going 2-4 with a run scored. he even dropped down a bunt against the shift for one of his two hits on the night.