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Josh Vernier


Royals Bats Come Alive in Victory

-Royals (2-2) crushed the Phillies in the series opener 13-4.

-Wade Davis made his Royals debut (4 IP, 4 ER, 9 H, 2 K, 0 BB). Davis gave up all four runs, and allowed all nine hits in the first three innings. He was throwing a steady diet of fastballs and change-ups, but wasn't hitting his spots. The approach for Philadelphia quickly became to wait on a fastball, and turn on it. He exited after throwing only 76 pitches. 

-Davis set the Phillies down in order in the fourth, and then the Royals offense came alive. In the fifth, Chris Getz (3-for-5) hit a one-out single, followed by a pinch-hit single by Miguel Tejada (1-for-1). Tejada hit a ground ball to Phillies SS Jimmy Rollins, who tried to get the force at second, but great hustle by Getz left his attempt fruitless. Rollins made one of those little mistakes that end up being huge in the grand scheme of things.

-Alex Gordon (3-for-6) followed Tejada with a single, loading the bases. After an Alcides Escobar (2-for-5) ground ball went as a force out at home, Eric Hosmer (4-for-5) stepped to the plate and put together his best swing of the season. After showing great patience on a 2-2 count, Hosmer connected on a two-run single, cutting the Phillies lead to 4-2. 

-Bruce Chen came in relief in the fifth, and had his best showing since being moved to the bullpen in spring. Chen set the Phillies 3-4-5 hitters down in order, including strikeouts of Rollins and Chase Utley. 
-Chen's quick inning kept the Royals bats hot. Mike Moustakas (3-for-5) reached on a single. Lorenzo Cain (1-for-4) reached on a fielder's choice. With one out and a runner on first, Getz delivered again with a double to right. Ned Yost turned to his bench with runners on second and third with one out, and called on Billy Butler to pinch hit. With first base open, the Phillies decided to intentionally walk Butler, loading the bases for Gordon. Yost showed faith in Gordon, and he delivered. The gold-glove left fielder hit and bases-clearing triple, putting KC up 5-4.

-J.C. Gutierrez came in, in the sixth, and set Phili down in order, with one strikeout.

-In the seventh, the Royals offense put four runs on the board. Hosmer walked, Salvador Perez (1-for-5) singled, and then Moose singled, once again loading the bases. Cain came through with a sacrifice fly to right. Jeff Francoeur (1-for-4) followed Cain's sac fly with a walk, loading the bases for the third time in the game. Chris Getz showed outstanding bat control, fighting one off to left field for a bases-clearing triple. The Royals led 9-4.

-The bullpen's domination continued after Tim Collins threw two innings of no-hit stuff. He walked one, but struck out three in two key innings. 

-Two more Royals runs crossed the plate in the eighth. Escobar connected on his first home run of the season, and it was also the team's first homer of 2013. Hosmer followed with a single, and then following a Perez fly out, Moose hit a double that put runners on second and third with one out. Cain came through with an RBI single to left, and the Royals led 11-4.

-In the ninth, the offense tacked on two more. Gordon got it started with a two-out single to center. Escobar drove him in with a double to left. Hosmer capped off his memorable day with an RBI double to center. 

-Luke Hochevar threw a 1-2-3 ninth inning to secure the win.

-In total, the bullpen threw five innings of no-hit ball, allowing only one walk and striking out six. The Royals pitching staff didn't allow a hit after the third inning.

-To recap the RBI - Gordon 3 RBI - Escobar 2 RBI - Hosmer 3 RBI - Cain 2 RBI - Getz 3 RBI.

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People : Alex GordonBilly ButlerBruce ChenChase UtleyChris GetzEric HosmerJeff FrancoeurJimmy RollinsLorenzo CainLuke HochevarMiguel TejadaMike MoustakasNed YostSalvador PerezTim CollinsWade Davis

04/05/2013 7:49PM
Royals Bats Come Alive in Victory
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