The Royals bounced back from Thursday night’s disappointing defeat by routing the Detroit Tigers 10-3 at Kauffman Stadium Friday night.
The KC Royals improved to 36-31 and remain 0.5 games behind the Indians in the AL Central. The Tigers fell to 34-33 and are now 2.5 games behind Cleveland.
The Kansas City Royals continue to hit, notching yet another 10+ hit game on Friday night while scoring 10 runs. The team’s offensive problems in May seem far behind them now, with rookies Whit Merrifield, Brett Eibner, and Cheslor Cuthbert providing a boost at the plate, and second-year outfield Paulo Orlando hitting .343.
While I have some doubts that the young guys can continue their torrid hitting over the rest of the season, they have shown they belong in the major leagues. In fact, Whit Merrifield has shown so much polish to his game that general manager Dayton Moore could cut struggling second baseman Omar Infante. With Kendrys Morales pulling out of his slump (he hit a home run Friday night), the team is scoring runs despite missing both Alex Gordon and Mike Moustakas over the last month.
On to my observations about Friday’s game:
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