Royals break a 10-game home losing streak with a dominate the Orioles in a 6-0 win
Vinnie Pasquantino continues to show how he is the best hitter for Kansas City as he is responsible for half of the Royals offense.
A team that continues to struggle both the pitching and hitting showed up at Kauffman Stadium. Two hitters had three hits tonight including Pasquentino and recent major league call-up Nick Pratto. Zack Greinke collected his first win of the year going five innings and collecting three strikeouts.
Pasquantino got the first run of the game with a solo shot bombed to the right field corner 394 feet. That is Pasquantino’s sixth home run of the year. With a little over a month into the season he has been the one steady offensive player Kansas City has had in the lineup. Once the Royals took the lead in the second inning they never looked back.
While Kansas City did get runners on base throughout the game they did not score for the next four innings. It was Paquantino that drove in the second run of the day. Bobby Whitt. Jr. got on base with a fielder’s choice but with his speed was able to score on a Pasquantinmo double to right field.
The Royals poured it on in the sixth adding three more runs on the board with a variety of small ball, speed and good base running.
The inning started with Edward Olivared grounding out to third base. But, Pratto came up to the plate first pitch swinging and was able to send a low sweeping curve ball to center field. Michael Massey followed his lead with another at-bat of first pitch swing sending a middle-of-the-plate cutter down the right field line, for a single. Pratto was able to get to third base. Pratto’s quality base running skills came in handy as he would be able to score off a sacrifice fly, off the bat Maikel Garcia. Kyle Isbel was able to drive in Massey, with a double to midfield. Isbel had his first multi-hit game in over a week. Whitt Jr. finished off the starting pitcher’s day by hitting a triple scoring Isbel. The final run of the inning came with Pasquantino’s third hit of the day. His double was the third RBI of the game.
The Royals outhit the Orioles 13 to six and were all over starting pitcher Kyle Gibson.
This win is only the second home of the season and Pasquantino had a positive outlook on the game during his conversation with the media.
“It was good to double our win total at home,” Pasquantino said. “Now we just go to tomorrow and try to have good at-bats again.”
The Royals play Baltimore again tomorrow night in the rubber match of the three-game series. Kansas City will have Jordan Lyles on the mound with a 1:10 start.