By: Jon Van Pelt
The Royals opened up a weekend series with Baltimore Friday night and did not waste anytime letting the Orioles know that they meant business. Chris Young came into the game winless in his last three appearances, and looked to make a bounceback outing striking out two of the first four batters he faced in the first inning and only allowing one runner to make it to first safely.
The bats came out quickly against the Baltimore pitcher, as Alcides Escobar singled up the middle on the very first pitch he saw followed by a first pitch home run from Mike Moustakas, and a first pitch single from Lorenzo Cain. The Royals would go on to score a third run in the first and a fourth in the second, giving Young plenty of room to work with. And that was all the 6’10” righty would need as he would flourish in the game striking out 10 batters, walking 1 and giving up just two runs on four hits through six innings of work.
Mike Moustakas had a terrific night going three for four with a homer and two doubles, and driving in three of the four runs. Moustakas and Eric Hosmer have both had a great start to the 2016 season as Hosmer has hit safely in 12 straight games and Moustakas is tied for the most home runs in the American League with six. Both have had great success both offensively and defensively as they have progressed in their careers and both hitters, being left-handed, have learned and are using it to the fullest extent of their advantage to go to the opposite field with the ball, creating a more challenging time for the defense to defend against them. The two stars are on their way to having big breakout years, which will be a key factor in another attempt at post-season glory.