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Royals disrobe Twins 7-2, sweep series

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The Royals offense returns in a rout of the Twins. Torii Hunter throws things.

Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports

Well. That was certainly interesting. Let's get to it.

Cy Gibson returned to Kyle Gibson immediately upon first whistle, first pitch, first batter...the beginning of the game. Alcides Escobar led the game off with a single. Mike Moustakas followed with a walk. Eric Hosmer then chopped a grounder through the right side of the infield to plate Escobar. With two outs, Alex Gordon came to bat. On a 3-2 count, Gibson left a bacon-wrapped bacon meatball over the middle of the plate, which Gordon demolished over the right field wall for a three-run dong hanging of majesty.

Edinson Volquez was pretty sharp all night. The Twins strung together a few hits in the bottom of the third to plate a run, but that's all they could muster against him. Volquez once again threw his sinker for strikes and got good whiffs on his four seamer and changeup. Volquez ended up going 7 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 3 BB, 6 K. A solid outing for him despite 115 pitches.

The Royals were able to score another run in the fifth on what probably turned Torii Hunter's internal hot stove temperature from bubbling to boiling. With Escobar on first after a single, Moustakas hit a grounder up the middle. The new guy, shortstop Jorge Polanco, booted the ball, which caromed into right field. Charging hard to make a play, Hunter barehanded the ball and flipped it to no one in particular. Polanco and second base were in the vicinity, but it was a terrible throw. The ball rolled on the edge of the left side of the infield, and Escobar scored.

In the seventh inning, Salvador Perez was on first with Omar Infante up to bat. Infante hit a weak grounder to Joe Mauer at first base, who cleanly fielded the ball and threw to second. However, the throw took the second baseman too far off the bag. Perez was initially ruled out, but the call was overturned on a challenge.

Later in the inning, OppoMoose doinked a ball just over the third baseman to score Perez and move Infante to third. A Lorenzo Cain fielder's choice forceout scored Infante. That accounts for all the run scoring on the Royals' side.

The eighth is when things exploded for Hunter. Trevor Plouffe led off the inning with a home run against Luke Hochevar, but Hunter was later called out on strikes. He was...unhappy with the call.

Evoking memories of the poor throw Hunter made in the fifth, he threw his batting gloves and jersey into the night. Hunter was of course ejected, and Paul Molitor followed.

Jason Frasor finished off the sweep for the Royals. The Royals took three games from the Twins, who were leading the division coming into the series. Torii Hunter threw a bunch of things, most of which were not baseballs. Now the Twins are two games behind and a jersey short.