May 7, 2015; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Edinson Volquez (36) delivers a pitch in the first inning against the Cleveland Indians at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports
The bottom of the 2nd inning started great when Jarrod Dyson was called safe at first after a throwing error by second baseman, Jason Kipnis. Dyson made it to third after a sacrifice bunt by Christian Colon and then a stolen base. Alex Gordon struck out. With two outs Moustakas walked. We have seen the KC Royals have so many two out rallies but it would not happen this time. Lorenzo Cain left two stranded when he grounded out to the pitcher to end the 2nd inning.
The Kansas City Royals found themselves in a tough situation in the top of the 3rd when the bases were full of Indians after a single and two walks with David Murphy up to bat.
Volquez continued to be far too generous by walking in Murphy and Michael Bourn to give away two runs, making it 4-3. Volquez understandably showing his frustration, ended up striking out Roberto Perez to finally end the inning and giving us all a moment a relief.
It was obvious Volquez did not have his normal command that we have seen this year so far, causing Ned Yost to bring in Franklin Morales to pitch the top of the 4th. Morales bounced back, after struggling Wednesday night, with three up and three down in the 4th, including two strikeouts. Kluber also recorded his first 1-2-3 inning in the bottom of the 4th.
In the bottom of the 5th Moustakas singled, followed by a Kendrys Morales single. Salvador Perez then did what he seems to do best, hit with runners in scoring position. Perez singled to center to pick up the RBI by scoring Moustakas. This was the first run the Royals managed to score since the 1st inning, extending their lead to 5-3.
In the top of the 6th Luke Hochevar came out to pitch in relief. This was the first time Royals fans have seen Hochevar in over a year due to Tommy John surgery. He made his season debut by striking out his first two batters in a perfect inning. You could not help but be happy for Hochevar after what he went through in the last year.
In the bottom of the 6th, after an Alex Gordon single, Corey Kluber was replaced by Marc Rzepczynski to pitch. Moose welcomed him into the game with a line drive single to center. After just one batter, Rzepczynski was quickly replaced by leftie, Bryan Shaw to face right-hander, Lorenzo Cain. With a full count, Shaw was able to get Cain to ground out, leaving two runners on base.
Ryan Madson came out of the bullpen to pitch the 7th and allowed a homer to Santana to shorten the Royals lead to one run.
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