Considering where he was a year ago, it may be a bit of a surprise that Ned Yost is still the manager of the KC Royals. Now, with the Royals 3-2 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers, Yost has etched his name into the history books as the winningest manager in team history.
The Royals offense came out firing in the bottom of the first. Alcides Escobar doubled, and moved to third on a line out by Mike Moustakas. Lorenzo Cain plated Escobar with a sacrifice fly, then the Royals two out magic kicked in once again. Eric Hosmer doubled, coming around to score on Kendrys Morales‘ base hit to give the Royals an early 2-0 lead.
They added to that lead an inning later, again using that two out offense. Escobar hit an infield single, then stole second. Moustakas came through with a base hit to right, plating Escobar to give the Royals a 3-0 lead.
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While those three runs were enough for Jeremy Guthrie, the Royals had several chances to add to that lead. Alex Gordon singled and stole second with two outs in the third, but was thrown out at home trying to score on Salvador Perez‘ base hit to left. In the fourth, Omar Infante was thrown out stealing second, and Escobar was picked off of first. The Royals baserunning, more than anything the Brewers themselves were doing, kept Milwaukee in the game.
Milwaukee finally got on the board in the fifth. With runners on second and third with one out, Gerardo Parra hit a sacrifice fly to give the Brewers their first run of the game. Jonathan Lucroy followed with a base hit, as the Brwers cut the lead to 3-2.
That would be as close as they would get. Guthrie pitched six solid innings, allowing two runs on seven hits while striking out four. The Royals bullpen Cerberus of Kelvin Herrera, Wade Davis and Greg Holland closed out the game, a fitting way to secure Ned Yost’s 411th victory with the Kansas City Royals.
On a night when every player in the Royals starting lineup had at least one hit, Alcides Escobar stood tall. He finished the night 3-4 with two runs, a double and a stolen base in the victory.