RECAP: Royals Undefeated So Far This Spring
Kansas City has gotten off to a hot start in Surprise, Arizona. Though the games don’t count, it’s nice to see a competitive mentality so early in the year. Fans can only hope that it translates to the regular season after the spring games are done.
Royals at Rangers (Wednesday March 4, 2015): Royals 13, Rangers 2
To kick things off, the Royals sent Aaron Brooks out to start against the Texas Rangers. Brooks went two full innings, and gave up one run. His final line for the day was: 2.0 IP, 2 hits, 1 ER, 0 BBs, and 1 K. The only other Ranger run was allowed by Yohan Pino. Tim Collins exited early, and is facing the likelihood of needing Tommy John surgery. Royals Rule 5 pick, Jandel Gustave, threw an inning. He allowed a walk, but no further damage was done. Buddy Baumann, Scott Alexander, and Louis Coleman each got an inning of work.
KC had a bit of charge in their bat on Wednesday as they hung 13 runs on the Rangers. It was started with a six-run first inning, and the Boys in Blue cruised from there. The first inning featured home runs from Eric Hosmer, Kendrys Morales, and Alex Rios all right in a row. Alcides Escobar was 2-2, Jarrod Dyson and Alex Rios were both 2-3, and Mike Moustakas was 0-3.
Rangers at Royals (Thursday March 5, 2015): Royals 5, Rangers 4
This game was a bit more even-keeled. Brian Flynn got the nod in Thursday’s victory. Flynn, like Brooks, pitched two innings and gave up an earned run. Miguel Almonte, Flynn’s successor, surrendered two runs, but also struck out three hitters. The final run was given up by Brian Broderick, but it was an unearned run. Chris Dwyer, Joe Paterson, and Mike Mariot finished out the game.
They didn’t hang 13 like the first game, but five runs isn’t too shabby. Rios got the day off, so Jorge Bonifacio got the start in right field. Kendrys Morales had an RBI, along with Bonifacio and Brett Eibner (solo homer). The final two RBIs came from Cheslor Cuthbert on a walk-off two-RBI hit off of pitcher Alec Asher.
Royals at Indians (Friday March 6, 2015): Royals 11, Indians 9
Yordano Ventura was featured in the third game of the year, but it was a shaky start for him. Ventura allowed four ER in just one inning with two walks. Joe Blanton (1 ER), Scott Alexander (3 R, 2 ER), and Casey Coleman (1 ER) were all touched up as the Indians batted our guys around on Friday. Jason Frasor and Kelvin Herrera also got an inning of work apiece.
Thanks to an 8-run fifth inning, the Royals were able to defeat Cleveland to give them their third straight win. Alex Rios was 3-4 on the day with his second home run of the spring, and also collected three RBIs for Kansas City. Mike Moustakas finally got a knock as he went 1-3. Salvador Perez was 0-3.
Reds at Royals (Saturday March 7, 2015): Royals 3, Reds 2
Lefty Danny Duffy was on the bump for the duel against the Reds. The southpaw gave his club two perfect innings. He was followed by Closer Greg Holland. Holland didn’t do much except for striking out the side in the third inning. Wade Davis followed suit with a near perfect inning, only allowing one hit, the only Reds hit thus far. Louis Coleman and John Lamb both got two innings on Saturday, and both allowed the two Reds runs.
There wasn’t much offense on the Royals side either, but it was enough. Alex Rios homered again, making that his third in the three games he’s played in this pre-season. The other two RBIs came from Christian Colon and Paulo Orlando.
Royals at Angels (Sunday March 8, 2015): Royals 6, Angels 4 (Bees 2)
Today’s game got off to a late start due to a bee delay. It was delayed later in the game, and all the bees were cleared and killed. The MVP of the game goes to the Beekeeper.
Today was the team debut for Edinson Volquez, and he wasn’t so impressive. Though he got no help from Christian Colon, who wasn’t so sharp on defense. Volquez finished the day with 2.0 IP, 3 R, 1 ER, and one strikeout. Christian Binford also gave a solid two inning effort, while allowing one hit, and no earned runs. Miguel Almonte pitched again today and gave up a home run to Mike Trout.
The Royals scored two runs in the first inning, but fell silent until the ninth inning. Eric Hosmer homered to drive in the two runs. This was the first game that Alex Rios didn’t homer in. Orlando Calixte drove in Moises Sierra and Lane Adams. Ryan Jackson and Gabriel Noriega had the go ahead RBIs.
Tim Collins has a torn UCL, and is facing possible Tommy John surgery.
Omar Infante has bone spurs in his elbow, and will be out for a chunk of Spring Training. Christian Colon is expected to take his place during his absence.
- The Royals will continue their American League dominance because they will go 205-0. Yes, that’s a joke, but they are undefeated so far.