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Pirates Out-Slug Royals 10-7

After probably their worst series of the season in Milwaukee, the Pittsburgh Pirates continued their road trip tonight against the team with the best record in the American League, the Kansas City Royals. Leading up to this series, some baseball minds looked at this as a possible World Series preview, as two of the very best teams in the league were matching up for a three game series.

While the pitching staffs of these two teams are some of the best in the league, the offense dominated tonight’s game, as the Bucs out-hit the Royals in a wild game at Kauffman Stadium, 10-7.

Tonight’s game featured an enticing pitching matchup, but neither starter really lived up to the hype. Yordano Ventura was roughed up early and often, giving up six runs on ten hits in four innings, and A.J. Burnett wasn’t much better, giving up five runs (four earned) on eleven hits in six innings.

The Royals scored the game’s first run on an RBI single by Mike Moustakas in the bottom of the first inning. Pittsburgh responded with four runs in the second inning, highlighted by an RBI single by Pedro Alvarez and a two run double by Travis Ishikawa.

Andrew McCutchen’s RBI double bumped the lead to 5-1, and, after KC scored a run in the bottom of the fourth, Ishikawa’s two run homerun in the fifth put the Bucs in command at 7-2…or so we thought.

A two run homerun by Kendrys Morales brought the game to a 7-4 score, and after the Bucs scored a run in the top of the seventh, the Royals scored three more runs in the bottom half, bringing the lead to just one run with two innings to go.

Neil Walker’s two-run triple scored Sean Rodriguez and Gregory Polanco, giving the Pirates some much needed insurance runs, increasing the lead to 10-7. After Tony Watson battled his way through a scoreless eighth inning, Mark Melancon earned 20th save of the season and the 100th of his career with a scoreless ninth inning, sealing the victory for the Bucs.

This was a huge victory for the Pirates, following a horrible weekend in Milwaukee. They are playing the best team in the American League, and this win tonight puts them in a great position to win this series. These two teams will meet up again tomorrow night at Kauffman Stadium. First pitch is scheduled for 8:10pm.

Record vs. Royals: 1-0

Record vs. American League: 11-5

Record on the Road: 22-22

Overall Record: 54-38

 

And…

As Always…

Let’s Go Bucs!

Chad Carlson

Co-Editor of Fans From The Stands, Pirates' Beat Writer For Armchair Report, Sports writer for AMN, SteelTownRock And Music City Encore Editor