Royals Up-End Sox, 9-1 to Extend Win-Streak to Six
Michael Mariot always ruins my titles.
Coming into today, the Royals were 1-9 in day games this year. Trying to extend their win-streak, they sent out Danny Duffy to keep things going. In his career, Duffy is 1-0 with a 2.35 ERA. Danny Duffy is returning to the spot where he blew out his arm in 2012 on Mothers Day. Now, it's 2014 and his father is here for Fathers day, so what could possibly go wrong for Duffy today?
The top of the Royals' lineup was about as unproductive as ever to lead off the game. After a Nori Aoki foul-out, and an Omar Infante strikeout, Eric Hosmer and Billy Butler both singled to left. Alex Gordon could not score Hosmer, who was in scoring position, due to striking out. The first five hitters did make Chicago starter, Hector Noesi throw almost 30 pitches.
Danny Duffy started things off with a strikeout. Duffy's only blemish (if you call it that) in the first was a walk. Duff went back to the dugout with only throwing 11 pitches.
The White Sox first hit came off the bat of Paul Konerko. A chance for a double play to end the inning then turns into an E5 on Mike Moustakas, and two on with two outs. Duffy would get out of the inning with the score still tied at zero.
A walk by Billy Butler, and two single by Alex Gordon and Salvador Perez left the bases loaded with no outs for center fielder, Lorenzo Cain. Cain hit a shot to third baseman, Leury Garcia, but it was ruled an error. Two scored on the play, and there were still two on with no outs. Mike Moustakas literally did, "Hit it where they ain't." when he dropped one into left field, and scored Perez. Alcides Escobar extended his hitting streak to 12 games when he singled to left field, which loaded the bases for Nori Aoki.
Here's a fun little stat- Every guy before Aoki reached base. Aoki comes up, and with one swing puts two outs on the board. If that's not a productive leadoff hitter, I don't know what is.
Omar Infante singled to chase Hector Noesi from the game. This was Noesi's line: 3.2 innings, 2 ER, and 4 strikeouts.
In the top of the 8th, Mike Moustakas blasted, and I do mean blasted, his 6th homerun of the season to give the Royals a 6-0 lead.
Danny Duffy Adam Eaton to reach to start to bottom of the 8th, and at that poin
A three run top of the third gave the Royals their 7th, 8th, and 9th runs. Omar Infante scored on an Eric Hosmer double. Billy Butler hit a two-run homerun off of Daniel Webb to give the Royals a 9-0 lead.
Michael Mariot came in to pitch the ninth inning. Mariot didn't start off so well. A first pitch homerun off of the bat of Paul Konerko gave the ChiSox their first, and only run of the game. He always finds a way to ruin the titles I give my articles. It's making me mad.
The Royals have now won six in a row, and will go for a sweep tomorrow. A Detroit loss will put KC just 0.5 games back of the AL Central lead. Here's for more wins, and being a contender at the end of the season! Be Royal KC.