Kansas City Royals: Above .500 and Going for a Series Sweep
By Eric Boston
The Kansas City Royals finished Saturday afternoon with a 3-2 win over the Toronto Blue Jays. With the W the Boys in Blue are above .500 for the first time this season. They play for a series sweep tomorrow.
Jason Vargas notched his league leading 11th victory, for those who care about that sort of thing, as the Kansas City Royals took the second game of the weekend set. Dr. Vargas now owns a 2.29 ERA on the year and looks to be securing his spot in the Mid-Summer Classic.
Vargas finished the game with 7.0IP giving up 8 hits and 2ER while recording 2K and 0BB. Joakim Soria pitched a score less eighth while striking out 2. Kelvin Herrera handled the ninth inning duties striking out one to collect his 18th save on the year.
It was a bit odd to see Soria called upon in the eighth since he pitched in last nights game. When you factor in a rested Mike Minor was available, many fans must have been scratching their heads. All turned up golden though and it was a great sign seeing Jack perform well in back to back games (less than 24 hours apart).
The offense did just enough to help secure the win. Although the bats were much quieter than they have been of late. In fact only three players were able to reach base safely on the day.
Eric Hosmer launched his ninth home run of the season in the fourth inning. Man am I going to miss Hos hitting dongs at The K next season. Alex Gordon also got in on the action with a triple that drove in Alcides Escobar.
The Kansas City Royals mustard five totals hits on Saturday. The Hos dong, the Gordo triple (although I thought he was old and didn’t hit triples anymore?), and three hits for Esky, including
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a triple of his own. Now honestly by a show of hands, who had Alcides producing 3/5 of the hits today? Anyone? Okay.
The win makes it five straight series victories for the scorching Kansas City Royals. On the month they are 15-6 and now have a season record of 37-36. That places the team two games back of the Central division leading Cleveland Indians and in third place overall.
In Sunday’s finale Jason Hammel (4-6, 4.83 ERA) will be on the bump. The Royals will be looking to send the Blue Jays out of town on the wrong end of a sweep. The Jays will counter with Francisco Liriano (3-3, 5.76 ERA).
After the completion of tomorrow’s game the Kansas City Royals will be heading out of town. They begin a three game set in Detroit versus the division rival Tigers.