KC Royals Sweep Athletics In Oakland 5-3


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The Athletics jumped out to another early lead in this game as they put two on the board in the third inning. With runners on second and third and one out, Ben Zobrist hit a sacrifice fly to right field which scored Eric Sogard and pushed Stephen Vogt to third base. Josh Reddick followed up with a “single” to short left field that Alcides Escobar lost in the sun.

In the sixth inning, Mike Moustakas doubled and moved to third on a Kendrys Morales single. Moustakas scored when Salvador Perez hit into a fielder’s choice but reached when third baseman Max Muncy committed a throwing error. This enabled Morales to reach third with Perez safe at second. After Alex Gordon was walked, Alex Rios hit a sacrifice fly to center to tie the score. Omar Infante then hit a single to right that scored Perez and the Royals took a 3-2 lead.

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The KC Royals grabbed some insurance runs in the eighth inning. Lorenzo Cain pinch-hit to lead off the inning and hit a ground ball up the middle that was good enough for a single. Salvador Perez then jacked a home run to left field to push the score to 5-2 in favor of the Royals.

Those insurance runs proved meaningful as the A’s were able to score another run in the bottom of the inning. Ben Zobrist led off with a single and after Josh Reddick struck out, Billy Butler hit a double down the left field line to put runners at second and third with one out. Ike Davis hit a sacrifice fly to left but Kelvin Herrera was then able to get Max Muncy to hit a pop up to Moose in foul territory to end the inning with the score 5-3 in favor of the Royals.

And after a scoreless ninth inning, Wade Davis was able to pick up the save despite a double hit by Marcus Semien that bounced off a high wall in left-center. Four or five feet higher and Wade Davis would have given up his first home run in what feels like a century. Today was not the day for the streak to die, however, and the Royals completed the sweep.

The KC Royals finish this road trip with a three-game series in Houston starting tomorrow night.

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