Welcome Back, Zack: Royals Beat Dodgers 5-3
Welcome back, Zack! The Royals roughed up their former teammate for five earned runs in just 5.2 innings.
The fans of Kansas City certainly did not give Zack Greinke a warm welcome. The same can be said for the guys we traded for him. Lorenzo Cain had two hits as well as Alcides Escobar.
The hit parade got started with a Salvador Perez solo bomb to left field. Two batters later, Alcides Escobar hit a single up the middle, and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Jarrod Dyson then singled in Escobar to give the Royals a 2-0 advantage (that's pretty much game over if we're talking about soccer.)
Things stayed stationary until the bottom of the fifth inning when Kansas City plated another run. Jarrod Dyson led off the inning with a single to center field, and then promptly stole second base. Lorenzo Cain then singled Dyson in to put the Royals up 3-0.
Kansas City would bring two more runs across in the sixth inning. Salvador Perez led off the inning with a double to left. A few very "royal" at-bats later, Alcides Escobar put the dagger in Greinke with an RBI triple down the right field line.
The offense finally rewarded a dominant pitching performance by Jeremy Guthrie. Guthrie through 7.2 solid innings, and only allowed two earned runs. For the third straight game, Guthrie has stuck out more than five guys.
Guthrie made one bad pitch in the eight inning, which was a double off of the bat of Hanley Ramirez. The other run was given up by closer, Greg Holland. This is the second night in a row that Holland has given up homers, but I don't think this is something to be too worried about. We will return to normalcy with Holland in a few days, and all will be right in the world.
By my count, and I know this would make Ryan very, very upset, James Shields now has the highest ERA amongst starters on the team. It is still my opinion that Shields is merely pitching for a contract, and it is hurting him bad.
The Royals snapped their four-game skid, and also gained half a game, and now sit 2.0 games back of Detroit for the AL Central lead. I will reiterate: It is way too early to worry about falling out of contention. The Royals will be fine, and they will compete for a pennant this year. Let's just focus on beating Clayton Kershaw tomorrow.