After the offense put up 10 runs in the win against the Giants on Monday, the Kansas City Royals were at it again on Tuesday against Seattle. The bats erupted as the club notched a 14-9 victory. Below is a recap of what happened Tuesday afternoon.
Jorge Soler went 2 for 2 with a three-run home run in the second and a mammoth two-run shot in the third. He also collected a seven-pitch walk in his other plate appearance. In a year that has been deemed one of the sink-or-swim variety for Jorge, days like this are welcomed and encouraging.
Here is your daily Adalberto Mondesi update. He continued his impressive start Tuesday, tripling and subsequently scoring in the second, and knocking in a run in the third. Kansas City Royals fans hope that Mondesi remains a ‘positive’ in the coming days.
Lauded prospect Ryan O’Hearn belted a solo shot his first time up. He followed it up with a double his next time up. O’Hearn was already getting a look at first base, but he may get an extended amount of playing time this spring if this hot start continues.
Bubba Starling entered the game and left (the yard) all in the sixth inning. His home run was a refreshingly positive tick in an otherwise desperate situation.
Newly acquired Wily Peralta got his first start of the spring, which did not go as hoped. He yielded six runs (four earned) on four hits in a rocky first inning. Peralta did not receive much help from the defense, with Cheslor Cuthbert and Mondesi committing fielding errors in the inning.
Seth Maness was uninspiring in his first appearance of the spring. Over two innings, Seth allowed two runs on five hits, and fanned one batter.
A couple of lineup staples had encouraging days. Whit Merrifield lived up to the ‘Two-Hit Whit’ nickname on Tuesday, raising his average to .625 on the short spring. Salvador Perez went three-for-three as the Designated Hitter today, knocking in two runs and hitting one ball over the fence.
As we wrote in our game preview, we got to gather information on plenty of arms. In fact, it was one of our keys to success. After Peralta’s exit, we got a look at Kelvin Herrera, Kevin McCarthy, Eric Stout, Maness and Tim Hill. McCarthy was the best of the group, as he worked two scoreless innings, notched one strikeout, allowed one hit, and did not miss the strike zone once.
Next up for the Kansas City Royals will be a date with the Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday. Eric Skoglund gets the nod for the Royals, while Sal Romano will toe the slab for the Reds. Festivities will kick off at 2:05 CST. Stay tuned! You can find both a preview and recap right here at Kings of Kauffman.