Royals even series with win Friday 29 Jun 13

KANSAS CITY ROYALS (37-40) AT MINNESOTA TWINS (35-41)

FRIDAY, JUNE 28, 2013 – TARGET FIELD – MINNEAPOLIS, MN


                                                                 

FINAL

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Kansas City Royals

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Minnesota Twins

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WINNING PITCHER:  Shields (3-6, 2.99)

LOSING PITCHER: Walters (2-4, 6.03)

SAVE:  None

 

 

FIRST PITCH:  7:11 pm                          GAME TIME TEMP:  72 degrees, wind from N at 9 mph                                  TIME OF GAME 2:55                            ATTENDANCE:  28,916

 

HOME RUNS:     Butler (6, 1st inning off Walters, two on, one out, 2-1 pitch, 416 feet to center field)

                                 Moustakas (5, 3rd inning off Walters, one on, two outs, 2-1 pitch, 420 feet to right-center field)

                                 Hosmer (5, 5th inning off Swarzak, none on, one out, 0-0 pitch, 371 feet to right field)

                                 Thomas (2, 5th inning off Shields, none on, no outs, 0-0 pitch, 410 feet to right field)

                                 Hosmer (6, 7th inning off Swarzak, one on, one out, 2-0 pitch, 418 feet to center field)

 

PITCHING LINES:

KANSAS CITY ROYALS

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James Shields (W)

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117/74

Tim Collins

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Bruce Chen

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Aaron Crow

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J.C. Gutierrez

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MINNESOTA TWINS

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P.J. Walters (L)

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68/42

Anthony Swarzak

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56/37

Josh Roenicke

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Caleb Thielbar

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12/9

 

ROYALS NOTES:

·    The Royals beat the Twins tonight, their sixth win in eight games against the Twins this season…the Royals have alternated wins and losses in each of their last six games, going 3-3…Kansas City is now 16-13 against AL Central opponents this season…tonight marks the first game the Royals have scored in the first and second inning since April 9 vs. Minnesota when they scored five runs in the first and one run in the second opposite Mike Pelfrey…the Royals four home runs tonight mark a single-game season high, with the last four homer game coming August 11, 2012 at Baltimore.

·    James Shields earned his 90th career win tonight, allowing three runs on eight hits with five strikeouts and one home run in 6.1 innings pitched…Shields did not allow a walk in his start, marking the first time to do so since May 22 at Houston, a span of six starts…tonight marked his 14th quality start of the season (17 starts)…it also marked the first time Shields has had a lead of more than one run since a 4-2 lead in the sixth inning over Tampa Bay on April 30, Royals won 8-2…he is now 2-2, 4.82 ERA (41.1 IP, 22 ER) in his seven career starts against the Twins and is 2-3,  2.70 ERA (60.1 IP, 18 ER) with 12 walks and 57 strikeouts in nine road starts this season.

·    Alcides Escobar (1-for-4) has at least one hit in seven of the eight games against the Twins this season…dating back to 2012, he has at least one hit in 10 of his last 11 against the Twins, hitting .318 (14-for-44) in that span.

·    Billy Butler (3-for-4) hit his sixth homerun of the season with a three-run shot in the first inning…it was his first home run since May 14 at Los Angeles-AL, snapping a 40-game homerless streak…the streak marked his second longest of his career (42 games from April 14- July 1, 2008)…he came into tonight’s game with a career on-base percentage of .360 against the Twins…he has hit in every game against the Twins this year, hitting .519 (14-for-27) with three home runs and eight RBI this season…he has a career average of .314 (127-for-404) against the Twins in 104 games against the Twins.

·    Mike Moustakas (1-for-4) hit his fifth home run of the season with a two run homer in the third inning…has a .387 batting average (12-for-31) with three doubles, three RBI and one walk in his last eight games dating back to June 18…coming into tonight he was hitting .080 (2-for-25) in seven games against the Twins this season.

·    Eric Hosmer (3-for-4) had his second career multi-home run game tonight (other on August 31, 2011 at Detroit), hitting his fifth home run of the season in the fifth inning and his sixth home run in the seventh inning…tonight marked his first three-hit game since June 1 at Texas…it was the sixth time this season with three hits or more in a game.

 

TWINS NOTES: ­

·    The Twins lost to the Royals tonight, and have now dropped six of their eight against the Royals this season…the Twins are now 15-20 against AL Central opponents this season…despite the loss, Minnesota is 11-5 in their last 16 at home…Minnesota is 6-5 vs. KC at home since the start of the 2012 season…the Twins pitching staff allowed four home runs tonight, the most this season and the most since also allowing four homers on September 24, 2012 vs. New York-AL.

·    Tonight’s game was delayed a total of 26 minutes prior to the first pitch…it marked the second delay of the season at Target Field with the other being a 3 hour delay on May 19 vs. Boston, which was the longest delayed game in Target Field history…tonight was the 10th delay in the history of Target Field.

·    P.J. Walters allowed six runs on six hits, two home runs and one walk while striking out one in 3.0 innings tonight…he has now allowed 12 runs in his last 3.2 innings pitched in his last two starts (29.45 ERA)…it marked the second time in his career to allow at least six runs in back-to-back starts, the last being September 5-12, 2012.

·    Clete Thomas (2-for-4) hit his second home run of the season with a solo shot off Shields in the fifth inning…it was his second home run in his last eight games…over his last eight he is hitting .310 (9-for-29) with two homers, two doubles, nine runs scored and four walks…Thomas has at least one run scored in each of his last six games, and at least one in nine of his last 10 games…over those 10 games he has crossed the plate 12 times…he has scored nine runs in nine games as the Twins leadoff hitter this season…five of his 17 games with at least two at-bats this season have been multi-hit efforts.

·    Trevor Plouffe (1-for-3) extended his current hit-streak to a season-high 10 games with a single in the fifth inning, also the second longest of his career…over the 10 games he is hitting .308 (12-for-39) with a double, six RBI and a walk.

·    Justin Morneau (1-for-4) hit his 21st double of the season, driving in a run in the fourth inning…the double passes Harmon Killebrew (277) for sole possession of 11th in franchise history (since 1901)…his 278 career doubles are 27 behind Rod Carew (305) on the Twins all-time list (since 1961)…he is now five doubles shy of his 2012 total (26)…he has eight doubles in his last 18 games, four of which have generated at least one run.

·    Josh Willingham (1-for-3) has a hit in 19 of his last 23 games against the Royals, since the start of the 2012 season…he has reached base safely in 60 of his 69 games played in 2013.

·    Brian Dozier (2-for-4) collected his first multi-hit game since June 16, a span of nine games…he had just one hit in his last 16 at-bats coming into tonight.

·    Caleb Thielbar tossed a scoreless inning tonight and has now made 14 consecutive scoreless appearances to start his career, since May 20…he is one of only eight MLB players to start his MLB career with 14 appearances with no runs allowed since 1921…he is the first since Joe Patterson (19 straight, April 2-May 20, 2011).