The Royals had a huge day on offense. They had 19 hits and scored 15 on their way to a 15-3 win over the Detroit Tigers on Saturday. Homer Bailey did not pitch a great game but he did attack the hitters with the lead he was given. Bailey had a 4-0 lead before he ever took the mound. He didn’t try to do too much. He just needed to let the Tigers put the ball in play and get themselves out instead of trying to strike out batters. He ended with just four strikeouts.
The offense could do nothing wrong. Kelvin Gutierrez had a four hit game for the first time in his short career. Jorge Soler continued his improved approach at the plate going the other way and had three hits. Alex Gordon also had three hits along with a crazy five runs batted in. All of the starters except for Billy Hamilton had a hit. All but Martin Maldonado had multiple hits.
Whit Merrifield jumped on Tigers’ pitcher Tyson Ross quickly with a double down the left field line. … Whit hit an inside fastball for a home run to left in the fifth.
Adalberto Mondesi laid down a bad bunt trying to move Whit Merrifield to third with no outs in the first inning. The ball went right back tot the pitcher and Whit was thrown out at third. … In the second inning Mondesi tripled down the right field line to score Whit Merrifield and give the Royals a 5-0 lead. … In the bottom of the second, Mondesi fielded a line drive backhanded short hop and threw to Whit at second base for the final out. … Mondesi hit a double to left in the fifth and advanced to third on a misplay. He scored on an Alex Gordon sacrifice fly to give the Royals a 9-2 lead. … Mondesi had another problem making the routine throw to first base in the sixth. The throw was low and O’Hearn couldn’t scoop it.
Alex Gordon hit a home run to left field in the first inning to give the Royals a 2-0 lead.
Hunter Dozier hit an infield single in the first with a ground ball up the middle.
Jorge Soler hit a very long double to right center in the first to score Dozier from first to give the Royals a 3-0 lead. For the second consecutive game, Soler kept his hands inside the ball instead of trying to pull a pitch and crushed it to deep right center.
Ryan O’Hearn hit a pitch on the ground against the shift to left field scoring Jorge Soler in the first inning which gave the Royals a 4-0 lead. … In the third, O’Hearn hit a double to left center. He’s waiting on the ball and driving it to the opposite field.
Kelvin Gutierrez had four hits in this game. His approach at the plate right now is terrific. He got a fastball up and a little in and hit it down the right field line for a double in the third inning. The hit scored O’Hearn from second to give the Royals a 6-0 lead. He got three more hits in the game.
Homer Bailey pitched a good game and received a lot of run support. It wasn’t a dominating outing. Bailey was up 4-0 before he stepped foot on the mound and the lead continued to grow. He pitched to the score and made the Tigers beat him with the bat. He allowed seven hits and two walks over six innings.
Brad Boxberger need just seven pitches, six of them strikes, to get through the seventh inning.
Jake Newberry pitched the eighth inning. He gave up a home run to left to Ronny Rodriguez.
Richard Lovelady pitched a perfect ninth inning and struck out one of those batters.