The Royals pulled off the two-game mini-sweep by winning 4-2 Thursday night over the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium. The Redbirds have now lost eight straight home games.
The Royals improved to 41-35 on the season, and kept pace to remain 6.0 games behind the Cleveland Indians in the AL Central. The Cardinals fell to 40-38, but remained 11 games behind the Cubs in the NL Central.
It was bombs away night at Busch Stadium, with three solo home runs between the two teams and two mammoth shots that traveled over 400 feet. After the Royals took a 2-0 lead aided by St. Louis errors, St. Louis right fielder Brandon Moss crushed a Chris Young pitch 477 feet into the upper deck in right—which is the longest home run since new Busch Stadium opened in 2006.
With the KC Royals clinging to a 3-2 lead in the eighth inning, Kendrys Morales blasted a Trevor Rosenthal pitch into upper deck in left field that traveled an estimated 456 feet, tying a record for longest home run hit by an opponent at new Busch Stadium.
Wade Davis came on to pitch a scoreless ninth inning to earn his 19th save of the season. It was nice to see him get the chance to immediately rebound from blowing a save Wednesday night.
On to my five observations about Thursday’s game:
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