The Royals stroked 17 hits on Saturday against Minnesota on their way to a 10-0 rout at Kauffman Stadium. The Kansas City Royals won their seventh consecutive game.
The Kansas City Royals improved to 63-60 with their10-0 victory on Saturday. Kansas City pulled to 8.0 games behind AL Central leader Cleveland. KC also gained a game to trail the Baltimore Orioles by 4.5 games for the second AL wild card. Minnesota fell to 49-74. The Twins remain in last place in the AL Central.
The hit parade included nine extra base hits, with three home runs. Alex Gordon led the way, going 3 for 4 with 1 double, 2 home runs, 3 runs scored, and 2 RBIs. Gordon extended his hitting streak to 11 games and boosted his batting average to .227 after falling to .199 on August 9.
The KC Royals hung three runs on Minnesota starter Hector Santiago in the third, one in the fourth, and four more in the fifth. Kansas City added single runs in the sixth and seventh against the Twins pen to make the score 10-0.
Meanwhile, Ian Kennedy gave KC his fifth dominant start in a row. He’s held opponents to one run or less in every one of those starts. On Saturday, Kennedy went 8.0 innings while allowing only 4 hits, 0 walks, and 0 earned runs with 6 strikeouts. Brian Flynn entered in the ninth inning to add a scoreless inning to preserve the shut out.
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Flynn also extended the bullpen’s scoreless streak to 26.2 innings.
In short, Kansas City completely dominated the Twins in every way imaginable on Saturday. Every starter notched at least one hit, with Cheslor Cuthbert, Lorenzo Cain, Eric Hosmer, Alex Gordon, Alcides Escobar, and Christian Colon putting up multi-hit games.
The white-hot KC Royals have now won 12 of their last 14 games, and their fifth series in a row. They can sweep their second consecutive series by winning against the Twins on Sunday night.
The best part of the night is that Kansas City gained ground on both Cleveland and Baltimore. The Red Sox and Tigers were delayed with Boston up 3-1 at the end of five as this article was posted. Let’s hope the Red Sox can make it a perfect trifecta on Saturday night!
Oh, and Kansas City will have ace Danny Duffy on the mound with a rested bullpen behind him on Sunday.
Let’s roll Royals!