The Royals didn’t do much at the plate in the first game of their doubleheader Wednesday but the pitching was so good that they didn’t need to do much this time. Adalberto Mondesi had a big home run in the first inning. Kelvin Gutierrez came through with a groundout that scored Alex Gordon for the third run in the first and that proved to be enough.
Whit Merrifield led off the game with a double and then stole third base.
Adalberto Mondesi hit a home run in the first to give the Royals a 2-0 lead.
Alex Gordon was hit by a pitch on the right elbow but stayed in the game.
Hunter Dozier continues to play well with a double in the first inning.
Kelvin Gutierrez hit a long fly out to center. He’s doing well at the plate early on.
Billy Hamilton returned to the lineup after missing a few games with tightness in his hamstring.
Jakob Junis needed just eight pitches to get through the top of the first. … After retiring the first five batters Junis started struggling but he settled down and gave the Royals 6 1/3 innings.
Jake Diekman entered the game with one out in the seventh and Kevin Kiermaier representing the tying run at third base. Diekman struck out Mike Zunino and then got Brandon Lowe to fly out to center to get out of the inning. Diekman came through big in a tight situation with no room for error.
Ian Kennedy entered the game to start the eighth. He allowed a lead off single but got through the inning without allowing a run. He left with the Royals up 3-2.