That’s a win!
The Kansas City Royals stopped the bleeding Saturday. The team defeated the Cleveland Indians 7-0 to even the series and end a dismal two games in which they were outscored a combined 20-3.
Ned Yost said after Friday’s game his team would come out with much better energy and focus after they clearly lost energy as Yordano Ventura gave up 5 runs in four innings in the series opener.
He was right.
There was a definite pep in the step of KC as they tagged the Indians early and held Cleveland at bay behind a great pitching performance from Ian Kennedy–now 4-2 on the year.
The Royals offense received a big lift in the first inning when Kendrys Morales hit a three-run homer to take a quick lead.
After that, KC would add a run in the fifth, then 3 more in the eighth.
Yost would say after the game Saturday’s performance was just what the doctor ordered.
The biggest key was not only Kennedy’s pitching through the duration, but getting some pressure taken off of his shoulders with a 3-run lead before he even took the mound.
One of the biggest issues for the Royals is constantly having to play from behind, which tightens things up for KC’s pitchers, especially with the offense struggling of late.
Heading into Sunday’s rubber match, the Royals will look to make it two in a row before leaving for the east coast to take on the Yankees–one of baseball’s worst teams.
For Yost and the Royals, winning a series may be the boost the club needs to get on a streak and back into the race for control of the American League Central.
Offensively, another positive sign has been the hitting of Lorenzo Cain. In the month of May, Cain is batting .333. The only downside to his increased performance at the plate is he has just 2 RBI’s during that span–meaning his teammates aren’t getting on base to provide the timely hitting for runs.
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