The Royals dominated the news on Friday. Specifically it was the debut of Bubba Starling that everyone was talking about. After several years working his way through the minors, including the Royals releasing him in the offseason only to re-sign him to a free agent contract, the hometown kid finally made his major league debut.
Bubba Starling’s major league debut
Bubba Starling made his major league debut on Friday night at Kauffman Stadium. Starling started in centerfield and batted seventh. In his first major league plate appearance he drew a walk and eventually scored. He finished the game 0-for-3 with a walk and a run scored.
Royals designate Terrance Gore
The Royals designated outfielder Terrance Gore for assignment on Friday to make for room for Bubba Starling on the roster. Terrance Gore played an important role for the Royals in the playoff push in recent seasons.
Detroit Tigers at Kansas City Royals
The Royals started their second half of the season at home against the Detroit Tigers. The game marked Bubba Starling’s major league debut. Danny Duffy started on the mound for the Royals. Duffy left the game in the second inning. He was hit by a line drive and tried to stay in the game but a few batters, and runs, later he was removed from the game. Duffy did not want to leave the game and appeared to almost talk Ned Yost into leaving him in a couple of times but eventually Ned took him out.
Jorge Lopez replaced Danny Duffy when he had to leave the game in the third inning after being hit by a line drive. Lopez pitched three nice innings allowing just one hit and one walk in his three innings. Four others came in and pitched one inning each. Only Kevin McCarthy allowed a run in his inning. Jake Newberry, Jake Diekman and Ian Kennedy all pitched a scoreless inning.
On offense the Royals put up eight runs on nine hits and four walks. Bubba Starling had a really nice first plate appearance. Spencer Turnbull tried to get Starling to swing at pitches off the plate but he wouldn’t bite. Starling ended up working a walk in his first major league plate appearance. He did a nice job running the bases as he was aggressive after reaching third and seeing a bad throw to first and was able to score on the error. He finished the game going 0-for-3 with a walk, a strikeout and two ground outs to shortstop.
Jorge Soler went 2-for-4 on the night with a long home run. Nicky Lopez was 3-for-4 and raised his on base percentage to .283. Martin Maldonado hit a solo home run in the seventh inning to give the Royals a 6-5 lead. The Royals added two more runs and started the second half of the season with an 8-5 win.