It might have been just 21,000 in the K on Monday night (although that's not bad for a Monday night game), but it was a loud 21,000 and they were rewarding with a 13-0 smackdown by the Royals. Can't stand Dayton Moore? Does Ned Yost make you cringe? Do you miss Wil Myers? Doesn't matter your mindset, this was one fun night. Great big real fun.
Kansas City jumped all over Kevin Correia in the second inning, sending 11 men to the plate and scoring six runs. Mike Moustakas had two hits in the inning that had a very Royal sort of feeling: featuring four singles, three walks and a double.
Jeremy Guthrie did exactly what you would hope a veteran pitcher would do when being handed a six run lead: throw strikes. Fifteen of the 22 batters that faced Guthrie after the second inning saw a first pitch strike. In the end, Guthrie needed just 106 pitches to fashion a complete game shutout, allowing just four hits and striking out seven.
His effort was aided by a continued Kansas City onslaught that featured a majestic three run dong from Eric Hosmer, who certainly seems to have 'figured it out' at this point and a pile it on four run seventh that made this game ugly in a beautiful way.
Over in Cleveland, the Tigers rallied for four runs in the ninth and allowed the Royals to narrow the gap on the Indians and the second wild-card berth. Yes! Actual ground made up, who would have thought it possible? I am not sure whether we should be rooting for Detroit or Cleveland, but it is not a bad night to have the Royals dominate and also have Chris Perez blow a save.
James Shields takes on Andrew Albers, making his major league debut, tomorrow night. The Royals are red hot and the Twins committed two base running outs in one inning AND finished the game with an infielder pitching. I like the odds.