The Royals offense started early and put the game away by the end of the second inning. The Royals scored three in the first inning and another six in the second to go up 9-0. Danny Duffy struggled with 107 pitches in just five innings and allowed seven hits to go with a walk.
The bullpen largely pitched well. Richard Lovelady allowed two hits and was pulled. Scott Barlow was outstanding once again.
Whit Merrifield had three hits on the nights including his 500th career hit. His replacement at second base, Nicky Lopez, had several nice at bats and got his first major league hit to go with a run and an RBI.
Whit Merrifield doubled in the seventh for his 500th hit. He had three hits on the night.
Nicky Lopez flied out to deep left in his first major league at bat and moved Whit Merrifield from second to third in the process. … Lopez walked with one out in the third. He advanced to second on a wild pitch that didn’t get far away from Rangers’ catcher Isiah Kiner-Falefa. Lopez looks like the kind of base runner the Royals like. … Lopez got his first major league hit in the seventh to score Whit Merrifield and give the Royals an 11-4 lead.
Alex Gordon doubled down the left field line. When he’s hitting to the opposite field he is going good. That’s the case with most players and that’s where Alex is right now at the plate.
Hunter Dozier doubled down the right field line in the first. Like Gordon, Dozier is hitting the ball to the opposite field. … Dozier singled to right on a two strike pitch in the second.
Jorge Soler had three hits on the night and two runs batted in. Two of those hits were doubles. He might settle in real nice as a designated hitter who doesn’t have to worry about defense. It will be interesting to see how often he plays in the field now that Whit Merrifield is in right field.
Ryan O’Hearn doubled to center on a high fastball. Maybe this will help get him started at the plate.
Danny Duffy was handed a 9-0 lead. He struggled after that.
Scott Barlow continued his excellent pitching. His control of his breaking ball is terrific right now. He’s hard for opponents to hit.
Jake Diekman pitched the eighth. His control has improved significantly since the start of the season.