The Kansas City Royals keep streaking, win seventh in a row
By Colby Wilson
Who even are the Kansas City Royals anymore? I don’t know, and I’m okay with that at this point. “This point” being a season-best winning streak, of course.
The Kansas City Royals have won seven games in a row.
If that seems shocking, that’s probably because you watched this team in April and assumed they couldn’t win seven straight against a well-coached junior college team. It may take you a second to fully digest what’s gone on over the last week.
I’ll give you a minute to compose yourself.
At this point, I really don’t know what to do with myself either.
You stumble out of the All-Star break after looking like dirt heading into it and I mean hey, the ship empties quickly. People adopt a hope for the best, prepare for the worst mentality.
But it’s hard to argue with seven straight.
You got the sense it might be a good night right from the get go. Whitley David Merrifield, Folk Hero At-Large, did what he does and that’s be the catalyst that (at least presently) makes the offense go. He took Michael Fulmer’s first offering of the game and deposited into left-center, giving the Kansas City Royals a lead they would not relinquish.
If you want to skip ahead from here, my feelings won’t be hurt.
The boys tacked on two more in the fourth. Eric Hosmer singled to drive in Jorge Bonifacio, who led the inning off with a base knock, then Hosmer himself touched the plate on a Mike Moustakas sac fly.
James McCann’s RBI single in the Tigers half of the inning was Detroit’s lone blemish to an otherwise sterling outing from Danny Duffy. The Duffman scattered six hits and just McCann’s RBI single over 6.1 innings, striking out four and countering a pretty decent outing by his opposite number in Michael Fulmer. Detroit’s starter allowed three earned and struck out six over eight innings to take a hard-luck loss.
After Duffy departed, some excellent defense helped the Kansas City Royals cause out in the latter innings.
After Duffy’s departure, Peter Moylan escaped a bases-loaded jam (was that a jam? Can it be a jam if there are two down and there’s a force at any base? Can I get a ruling here?) by inducing a Nicholas Castellanos ground out to Alcides Escobar.
An inning later, what looked like a run-scoring sac fly off Joakim Soria turned into a double play thanks to the cannon attached to Bonifacio’s right arm and the 6-4 frame of Eric Hosmer. Victor Martinez lined a shot to Bonifacio, playing extremely deep, which he fielded a couple of steps in front of the track. While Justin Upton tagged up to score from third, Mikie Mahtook was caught napping off the first base bag and doubled up thanks to a strong throw from Bonifacio and an outstanding stretch by Hosmer.
Kelvin Herrera slammed the door in the ninth. Neither Ryan Buchter nor Brandon Maurer—both in attendance—were needed.
The Kansas City Royals go for the sweep tomorrow. Ian Kennedy will do the honors. 2017 is a strange year—I will honestly be surprised if this doesn’t become an eight-game winning streak.