4) Edinson Volquez Was Pretty Fantastic Too
Steady Eddie continued the recent trend of strong starts for the Kansas City Royals beginning with Danny Duffy‘s six shutout innings with 10 strikeouts versus the White Sox on Saturday, followed by Yordano Ventura‘s seven shutout innings with 10 K’s on Sunday, and Edinson Volquez’s seven scoreless innings with four strikeouts on Monday.
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When your starters hold the opposition without a run for 20 innings in a row, you’re going to win a lot of games. Of course, the KC Royals staff will never keep up such a pace over the long-term, but it’s nice to grab the wins while they can.
Volquez’s start came after two straight poor performances in which he gave up a combined nine runs in 11.0 innings while losing twice in a row. Monday’s seven inning scoreless outing is Volquez’s best since April 21, when he also held Detroit without a score over seven innings.
To be honest, I wanted Ned Yost to go to the pen after the sixth inning with the KC Royals clinging to a 2-0 lead. Yet, Steady Eddie got the job done.
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