By: Jon Van Pelt
The Royals opened up a six game home stand Friday looking to bounceback after disappointing road trip, playing the Atlanta Braves, who have the worst record in baseball. The team wasted no time putting runs on the board scoring one in each of the first two innings, thanks to a leadoff hit by Alcides Escobar in the first going to third on an error by Braves rightfielder Jeff Francoeur.
Edinson Volquez had a terrific bounce back start after a rough outing last Sunday in Cleveland, pitching 7 solid innings and giving up just one run in his last inning. The bats stayed relatively quite after the second inning, not scoring a run again until the 8th when they scored three.
This was one of the few times over this recent stretch of games that the pitching did not allow a run in the first or second inning, a welcome sign for the starting rotation. While there was no shortage of hits from the offense, Kendrys Morales still seems to be struggling some at the plate still batting under .200. On the flip side, Cheslor Cuthbert, who was brought up to play 3rd for the injured Moustakas, has hit safely in all seven games since the call up. Whole losing Moose for a few weeks seems tough, as he is one of the more consistent hitters, leading the home runs and being a stellar defender, Cuthbert has had no shortage of hits and defensive gems.
The Royals are switching some things up the next two games as Chris Young and Kris Medlen were scheduled to start, they will now be replaced by Dillon Gee and Danny Duffy respectively. The team hopes to keep the pressure on the already struggling Braves and get a win streak going.