3) Paulo Orlando Should Get A Shot At Full Time Job
The Kansas City Royals have faced a string of lefties recently, which has brought Paulo Orlando into the lineup at right field. Orlando has been on an absolute tear since pinch hitting against the Yankees on May 9.
In his last five games, Orlando has three multi-hit games and four extra base hits. On Friday night, Orlando went 3-4 with a key double that scored Omar Infante from second base to trigger the KC Royals three-run sixth inning rally. The day pushed his triple slash to an outstanding .368/.390/.509.
White Sox starter Carlos Quintana had held the Kansas City Royals offense scoreless through five innings while cruising along using only 53 pitches. That all changed in the sixth, and Orlando’s double into the right-center gap was the key hit that put him in trouble. Friday night was the first time this season that Quintana had given up more than two runs in a start, and he came into the game with a 1.43 ERA.
Orlando is so hot right now that Yost should give him at bats against right-handed starters, too. Orlando is riding a five-game hitting streak and has given a shot in the arm to a KC Royals offense that badly needed it.
Here’s to you. Paulo. Took you a long time to get to the major-leagues. He looks like he wants to stay awhile.
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