Royals Report: 3 Things About Game 1 Win vs. Red Sox

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May 18, 2016; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Royals first basemen Eric Hosmer (35) hits a two-run home run against the Boston Red Sox during the first inning at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Peter G. Aiken-USA TODAY Sports
May 18, 2016; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Royals first basemen Eric Hosmer (35) hits a two-run home run against the Boston Red Sox during the first inning at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Peter G. Aiken-USA TODAY Sports /
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May 18, 2016; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Royals first basemen Eric Hosmer (35) makes a diving attempt on a ground ball against the Boston Red Sox during the second inning at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Peter G. Aiken-USA TODAY Sports
May 18, 2016; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Royals first basemen Eric Hosmer (35) makes a diving attempt on a ground ball against the Boston Red Sox during the second inning at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Peter G. Aiken-USA TODAY Sports /

2) Royals Defense Put In a Vintage Performance

The KC Royals losing streak featured a number of poor plays in the field, including one bad play by Jarrod Dyson in right field when he let a wind blow a high fly ball over his head for a triple in the corner.

Not so on game 1 of Wednesday’s double-header.

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Shortstop Alcides Escobar saved a run by spearing a hard smash into the hole off the bat of Xander Boegarts with Dustin Pedroia on second base after a wild pitch from Ian Kennedy.

In the eighth inning Jarrod Dyson, who was making his first start in right since last week, threw out Boegarts at third base attempting to advance from from first the third on David Ortiz‘s single. The strong throw saved a run when Travis Shaw flied out to left, which would have been deep enough to score a run on a sacrifice fly had Boegarts been safe at third.

The play helped Kelvin Herrera preserve the KC Royals 3-2 lead.

Not only did the Kansas City Royals defense make plays, they made game-changing plays in key situations.

It was a vintage performance from the KC Royals defense.

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