Kansas City Royals, Kendrys Morales Power Past Cardinals 5-0
By David Hill
When the Kansas City Royals signed Kendrys Morales, they had visions of the hitter he was from 2009 through 2013 dancing in their heads. So far, he has delivered exactly what the Royals had hoped. Morales’ power was on display tonight, as he accounted for all of the Royals offense in their 5-0 victory over the Cardinals.
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Morales did not wait to get the offensive fireworks started. After Alcides Escobar led off the bottom of the first with a walk, Lorenzo Cain had a one out base hit to right. A groundout moved the runners to second and third, bringing up Morales. He then proceeded to hammer Lance Lynn‘s 2-2 offering to deep right for a three run home run.
He was not done. Cain singled to lead off the third, and with one out, up came Morales. This time, he took Lynn’s 1-0 pitch deep into the night, belting another home run to right to give the Royals a 5-0 lead.
That would be more than enough support for Kansas City Royals starter Chris Young. Young worked out of trouble several times, as the Cardinals left a total of 13 men on base against the Royals pitching. For his part, Young allowed six hits and two walks over his six shutout innings, striking out two batters.
The Cardinals best chances to score came late in the contest. They loaded the bases with two out in the eighth, but Ryan Madson was able to get Jason Heyword to ground into a fielder’s choice to end the threat. St. Louis then put runners on second and third with one out in the ninth before Jason Frasor struck out Matt Holliday and was able to escape unscathed with a Matt Adams grounder to first.
Morales had quite the night for the Kansas City Royals, going 3-4 with the two home runs and all five RBI. Salvador Perez was also 3-4 in the Royals victory, hitting a double.