Martin Maldonado had a three hit day and led the Royals to an 8-6 win over the Minnesota Twins Sunday to avoid being swept in the series. Maldonado went 3-for-4 with a double and two runs and two runs batted in.
The Royals got on the board first. A second inning base hit by Jorge Bonifacio scored Jorge Soler to give the Royals a 1-0 lead. Later in the inning Maldonado singled to right field to score Cheslor Cuthbert. Whit Merrifield finished the scoring in the second with a two out base hit to left which scored Nicky Lopez from third base. The Royals finished the inning up 3-0. The Royals never trailed in the game.
Jorge Bonifacio had a 2-for-4 game with a double and a run to go with two runs batted in bringing his average up to .250 in the brief time he has been up with the big league club.
The Twins out hit the Royals 15 to 9. Jakob Junis allowed two runs on five hits and three walks in just 3.2 innings. Scott Barlow was brought into the game in the fourth to face one batter and struck him out. The rest of the bullpen was not as efficient.
Jorge Lopez pitched pretty well but once again Ned decided to leave him in until he got into trouble. Lopez pitched two scoreless innings and then ran into trouble in his third inning. He ended up allowing one run on four hits in 2.1 innings.
Brad Boxberger couldn’t get anyone out. He didn’t fool any of the Twins batters and allowed two runs on three hits and a walk without recording an out.
The Royals travel to Seattle for a three game series against the Mariners starting Monday. Danny Duffy will pitch the first game of the series for Kansas City.
The Royals are now two games behind Baltimore for the top pick in the 2020 draft.