Kennedy Flourishes Behind Hitting Frenzy in Royals Debut

By: Jon Van Pelt

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Ian Kennedy made his first start as a Royal against the Twins Saturday night, and did he ever feel welcomed. Kennedy pitched six and two-thirds innings of scoreless ball giving up just five hits walking one and striking out seven, impressive stats to say the very least.

The bats however through the first ten trips to the plate, were anything but impressive until Mike Moustakas stepped to the plate with one out in the fourth. The Royals, have not been known as a home run hitting team for years now, and coming into the game were the only team to not have a home run this year. On a three-two pitch from lefty Tommy  Milone, Moose belted a home run to left field for the first run of the game. He would then be followed up, two pitches later, by a second solo shot to right field from Lorenzo Cain. The team would go on to score two runs the following inning and three runs the next, including a solo blast by Kendrys Morales.

Danny Duffy came on to close out the seventh and eighth innings allowing just two runners to reach base, and Chien-Ming Wang came on in the ninth to close out the Royal dominated 7-0 victory. The Royals improved to 3-1 on the season while the Twins fell to 0-5 for the first time since the team moved to Minnesota in 1961. The Royals are also the only team in baseball that has yet to commit an error this season.

The Royals look to sweep their first series of the season tomorrow as they send their #1 starter Edinson Volquez to the mound against Ricky Nolasco for the Twins, who are still looking for their first win of the year.

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