Have you ever beat up a kid fair and honest, only to have his big brother pay you a visit down the road, give you a fat lip and knock two teeth out? I know. It isn’t fair. Until you are the big brother.
The KC Royals paid a respectful visit tonight to the Minn Twins and had them deliver a message to the Minn Vikings. “Don’t mess with our little brother!”. Remember, the Vikings took advantage of the Chiefs 16-10 when they were down this season.
The Kansas City Royals 7-0 victory over the Twins could only remind every Minnesota fan of the KC Chiefs stunning 23-7 win against the Minn Vikings in 1969 at Superbowl IV. Rumors persists that some of these same fans could be heard asking for IV‘s after Saturday night’s Royal beat down.
Ian Kennedy was spectacular in his first start for the Kansas City Royals. He threw 109 pitches over his scoreless 7 and 2/3rd innings. His ERA rests at a perfectly acceptable 0.00. The loyal fans gave him a raucous ovation when he left in the 7th. He gets great movement on his pitches and will be a great addition to the team.
Moose Moustakas drove a shot to right field in the 4th inning that was way over the wall but foul. It would have broken the 0-0 tie. On the next pitch he golfed a low pitch just over the right field wall to give to KC Royals their first homer of the season.
Lorenzo Cain made it back-to-back home runs with his first long ball of the early season.
In the 6th inning Kendrys Morales hit a low pitch that was very similar to Moose’s golf shot in the 4th. It flew higher and farther. A sweet home run caught by a fan with his ball cap deep in right center.
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Paulo Orlando was spectacular in his first start of the season. Hitting 3 for 4 with a run scored and an RBI, hitting from the 9th position.
Omar Infante is really looking strong both at the plate and as usual on the field. He made an excellent play on a hard grounder on one short hop, he gloved it somehow, then made an easy throw to first.
Salvador Perez threw out the speedy Eduardo Escobar, trying to steal 2nd base, with a perfect throw in the 2nd inning. A terrible gaffe by the Twins to run against Mr Salvy early in a game, early in the season. Teams should only run against The Big Gun when he’s tired from something. Otherwise it’s a duck in the corner pocket Dawg.
Danny Duffy looked very good in relief. With him starting the season as KC’s #5 reliever, they have the best relief staff in baseball by a lot in 2016. Chien-Ming Wang was great as the closer in a blow out, and the 3 hurlers combined for the KC Royals first shutout of the year. The Royals have revolutionized baseball with their particular use of an ace bullpen. And Wang will be a very welcomed addition.
In the National Football League, a win is a win.