Kratz, Vargas Beat Twins 6-4
The Kansas City Royals just keep on winning. On July 21st, Kansas City had an unimpressive record of 48-50. Fast forward three weeks, and the Kansas City Royals are
69-55, and now have a two game lead over the Detroit Tigers for the American Central lead.
Trevor May cruised through four innings, but hit a wall in the fifth inning. May allowed three walks in the inning, and all of them came around to score on RBI singles by Salvador Perez, Billy Butler, and Alex Gordon. Interestingly, Alex Gordon passed Mike Trout today on the leaderboard for all of baseball in WAR.
In the seventh, Erik Kratz pinch hit for Salvador Perez who left the game with right knee discomfort. Kratz belted his fourth home run of the season, and gave the Royals a 4-0 cushion. The Twins would get one run on an Oswaldo Arcia blast off of Jason Vargas. Vargas pitched seven innings tonight, and only allowed the home run to Arcia. The past two starts for Vargas have been nothing short of fantastic. Last week against Oakland, Vargy pitched a three hit shut out, and struck out four. It only took two starts for Vargas to get back into his groove.
If it wasn't for another Erik Kratz home run, Aaron Crow would have blown the game when he gave up a three-run shot to Trevor Plouffe. Former All-Star, Aaron Crow now has almost a four ERA, if you're into that kind of stuff. Ned Yost was forced to go to Greg Holland to get the final two outs of the ninth inning securing a victory for Kansas City.
Ned Yost announced after the game that Salvador Perez is day-to-day with discomfort in his patellar tendon in his right knee, but when your backup catcher hits two home runs off the bench, you tend to not freak out about it.
Detroit did not play today, so this win puts the Royals two full games up on the Tigers who will start a series in Tampa Bay tomorrow. The Royals will head to a short two game series in Colorado starting tomorrow at 7:40 p.m. James Shields and Tyler Matzek will start the series off. Matzek has an ERA of 5.50, but there is no such thing as a good ERA at Coors Field. Danny Duffy and Jorge De La Rosa will finish the series.
The rest of the season looks promising for the Royals. The Boys in Blue have now won eight straight series', and are looking to continue their success against Colorado.