Kansas City Royals Defeat Twins 8-1 to Kick off Weekend

KANSAS CITY, MO - JUNE 02: Starting pitcher Jason Vargas
KANSAS CITY, MO - JUNE 02: Starting pitcher Jason Vargas /

The Kansas City Royals opened up the Fourth of July weekend with some fireworks of their own. Really it was Friday Night Fireworks at The K. Poor attempt at humor, I know.

But what is not funny is that the Kansas City Royals steamrolled the Minnesota Twins 8-2 on Friday night.  In a pivotal weekend series the Boys in Blue got things started on the right foot.  As explained here wins this weekend have a huge impact.

The Kansas City Royals have the opportunity to find themselves in second place in the American League Central as early as tomorrow night. 

An 8-2 win definitely sets the pace for the rest of the series. The Royals sent Jason Vargas to the bump. If you couldn’t tell Vargas continued what has been a career year. He finished the evening with 7.0 IP, 4Ks, 4BBs, 2Hs and 1ER. Oh yeah and his American League leading 12th win.

Dr. Vargas was just too much for the Twins tonight. Add in the fact that the offense gave more than enough support and you get a great night to be a Kansas City Royals fan.

Eric Hosmer hung his 10th dong on the year. It was a three run shot in the fourth inning off Twin’s starter Ervin Santana. Sure those three runs were enough for a victory, but there was more…much more.

There was another Moose sighting in Dong Town. Mike Moustakas hit his 21st homer of the year. Seriously if he is not in the Home Run Derby I may weep. Is there any doubt that we will see the franchise’s home run record broken this year?

All but one of the Royals starters were able to record hits tonight. They finished off a strong June in style. On the month the record was 17-9 and it completely turned around the season. The team will look to stay hot as they head to July.

Next: The Twins Come to Town

The Kansas City Royals are now 39-39 and one game back of these same Twins in the Central standings. The teams will face off in a day/night double header tomorrow. The day game starts at 1:15 CST while the night cap is scheduled for 7:35.