Mike Pound of the Joplin Globe says, “You got to admire Royals’ fans” in response to their dedication of battling through the recent twelve game losing streak.
Many of us believe the Royals are better than the team’s 6-14 record. Many fans even felt like the end of the losing streak meant the inevitable beginning of a long winning streak. Let us hope these eternal optimists are correct.
Currently riding a three game winning streak, following Friday night’s 7-6 victory over the Minnnesota Twins, the Royals have officially sent the Twins to the cellar of all of MLB. Sitting at 5-15, the Royals handed the despised title over to their division rivals.
Once again, the Royals bats came through on the night with a first inning two run home run from Alex Gordon after Jarrod Dyson reached base on an error to open the game and a third inning solo home run from Billy Butler. Butler singled home Gordon in the fifth. Then in the eighth inning, Mike Moustakas knocked home Jeff Francoeur and Alcides Escobar doubled home Moustakas and Yuniesky Betancourt.
Everett Teaford, filling in for Danny Duffy threw four innings and allowed four earned runs before being replaced on the mound by Tommy Hottovy, who allowed one run in two innings. Jose Mijares worked a perfect seventh inning, with a little help from Jeff Francoeur doubling off Joe Mauer as he failed to get back to first base on a Ryan Doumit ball hit to right field. Luis Coleman gave up a run on a hit and a walk in the eight inning, but Kelvin Herrera entered and retired the final two batters of the inning to limit the damage. Jonathan Broxton entered in the ninth and threw a perfect set, striking out two, for his second save in two days.
This win was a complete team effort. Teaford, while not spectacular, or even good, left with a tie game. The bullpen worked out of jams without hemorrhaging and the Royals bats finally came to life in close games.
Today, the Royals announced Everett Teaford has been sent to triple A Omaha and right-handed pitcher Nate Adcock has been recalled to the big club.
Adcock has worked as a starter for the Omaha Storm Chasers in 2012, starting four games with a 3-1 record and a 1.37 ERA, striking out fourteen and walking eight in 26.1 innings with a .174 batting average against. Adcock is expected to bolster the Royals bullpen, but don’t be surprised to see Adcock get a start if Duffy is not ready when he next start comes up in the rotation.