Kansas City Royals stun Philadelphia Phillies 13-4 in series opener

Saturday, April 6th, 2013 2:34:56 by

2013 Major League Baseball Regular Season First Half – News/ Updates


The Kansas City Royals roster looked confident on Friday after noon, April 05 when they came out on Phillies home ground at Citizens Bank Park but no-one even from the Phillies’ fan realized that their team is in trouble and today especially their pitchers will be tested by the attacking Royals hitters.


“They put us in a hole, but the offense stepped up,” Royals’ first baseman Eric Hosmer said. “Gordon got the big hit and the offense took a load off our shoulders after that.”


The Royals’ silently started a great run in fifth inning and never looked back giving a hard humiliating 13-4 defeat to Philadelphia Phillies in the first game of their three-match series in 2013 Major League Baseball regular season’s first half.


“We’ve been struggling with the bats,” Royals manager Ned Yost said. “It was a matter of time until we broke out. Our bullpen was fantastic, all of them.”


Later Royals’ left fielder Alex Gordon said, “We knew we didn’t swing the bats great in Chicago, We just kind of moved on. We never lost confidence in our offense. We came in here confident.”


Royals’ relief pitchers played tremendously and held the Phillies’ hitters with great force. They never allowed a single run after their starter Wade Davis was replaced by first reliever Bruce Chen.


Chen pitched one inning and struck out two with brilliant pace. He remained calm on the mound and showed his true offensive class.


The only pitcher who did not perform well was Royals’ starting pitcher Wade Davis as he allowed nine hits and four runs along with two home runs and four earned runs on blistering high 9.00 ERA.


Though Royals’ starter did not able to perform well but still his teammate closers did well for the team as they won easily with the big margin.


On the other hand, the Phillies entire pitching line-up played poorly and was hammered with huge hits by the Royals’ hitters.


Kyle Kendrick started the game for the Phillies but received eight hits and five runs on his over five innings’ spell. He finished the spell striking out only three Royals batters on his 7.94 ERA.


“It’s disappointing,” Phillies starter Kyle Kendrick said. “They got some hits. I’m not worried at all. It got away from us.”


Relief pitcher Jeremy Horst replaced Kendrick but he too could play his natural game and allowed three more runs on his poor 11.57 ERA.

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