Here is the week in Royals spring training for March 14 - 20:
Monday, March 14
Royals 9 White Sox 3 - Box Score
Lorenzo Cain and Alex Gordon each homered off White Sox starter Jacob Turner in the 9-3 Royals victory. Yordano Ventura looked strong, striking out the side in the first, and ending with six strikeouts in four innings, allowing just one run. Omar Infante smacked a two-run double, and Clint Barmes added a single and a double. Travis Snider capped the day with a three-run home run to put the game out of reach. Chien Ming Wang continued an impressive spring with a scoreless inning, and has allowed just one hit over seven innings of work.
Chien-Ming Wang was hitting 94-95 mph on his fastball with good movement. Hmmm. Still in the bullpen mix. #Royals— Jeffrey Flanagan (@FlannyMLB) March 14, 2016
Tuesday, March 15
Reds 4 Royals 2 - Box Score
The Royals faced former first-round pick Brandon Finnegan, and Alcides Escobar opened the hitting with a double off the lefty. Eric Hosmer would drive him home, but the Royals would must little offense after that. Escobar and Hosmer would each have two-hit days, and Omar Infante would add two more hits, but the rest of the lineup would have just one hit. Ian Kennedy was off with his command, allowing seven hits in four innings for two runs. Danny Duffy also continued a lousy spring training by allowing two more runs in an inning of work.
Wednesday, March 16
Royals 10 Cubs 0 - Box Score
Chris Young was fantastic, tossing four shutout innings, needing just 47 pitches while striking out five in the 10-0 blowout. The Royals blew the game wide open in the eighth with a five-run innings off Cubs closer Hector Rondon. Christian Colon collected his first hits of the spring with a single and double. Reymond Fuentes also collected two hits, including a three-run home run. Alcides Escobar added a triple and Dusty Coleman hit a two-run home run. Brian Duensing was struck by a Javier Baez liner, suffering a bruised ankle and leaving him day-to-day.
Thursday, March 17
Royals 5 Dodgers 1 - Box Score
Kendrys Morales hit a long home run in a four-run fifth inning for the 5-1 victory. He also added a single, as one of the few Major Leaguers in the starting lineup as much of the rest of the team traveled to San Antonio. Kris Medlen worked four innings with four strikeouts and no walks, allowing just one run. A number of minor leaguers were called up from camp to play, with Angel Franco going 2-for-4 with a double, and Jack Lopez adding a single.
Friday, March 19, 2016
Royals 7 Angels 4 - Box Score
The Royals called up several minor leaguers to beat the Angels 7-4. Raul Mondesi doubled, tripled, and played solid defense at second base. First basemen Cody Decker and Frank Schwindel both homered, and Tony Cruz had an RBI double. Mike Moustakas, one of the few Major Leaguers in the lineup, had an RBI single. Miguel Almonte looked good in four innings, allowing one run, with two strikeouts and two walks. Wade Davis and Luke Hochevar each tossed a scoreless inning, but Peter Moylan continued his rough spring by giving up three runs in the ninth.
Rangers 7 Royals 5 - Box Score
The Royals traveled to San Antonio for a two-game series against the Rangers. The short porch just 270 feet away from home plate in the Alamo Dome proved to be enticing to hitters with five home runs to right, including a three-run walk off home run by Rangers outfielder Lewis Brinson. Paulo Orlando, Whit Merrifield, and Salvador Perez all hit home runs of their own to right. Christian Colon finally got his spring going with a three-hit performance, and Lorenzo Cain added a pair of hits as well. Dillon Gee gave up two runs over five innings of work, with no strikeouts or walks. John Lannan gave up the three-run home run in the ninth for the loss.
Saturday, March 20, 2016
Royals 5 Mariners 4 - Box Score
Royals lefty Matt Strahm had a rough first inning, but settled down to retire the final eight hitters in a 5-4 Royals victory. Strahm gave up three in the first, but yielded no other runs in three innings, while striking out three. Joakim Soria and Brian Duensing each tossed a pair of scoreless innings. Jorge Bonifacio singled and hit a solo home run in the second inning, but also committed a throwing error. Blue Springs native Logan Moon hit a two-run double and Humberto Arteaga added an RBI single.
Rangers 13 Royals 6 - Box Score
Sloppy play by the Royals and a short fence cost the Royals as the Rangers took both games in San Antonio. The Royals committed five errors - two by Clint Barmes, and one apiece by Whit Merrifield, Ramon Torres, and Dusty Coleman. Eric Hosmer, Salvador Perez, and Lorenzo Cain each collected a pair of hits, including a home run. Chien-Ming Wang struck out three in three innings, but gave up three runs, two of them earned. Luke Farrell, up from minor league camp, was hammered for six runs in less than an inning of work.
Sunday, March 21, 2016
Cubs 5 Royals 2 - Box Score
The Cubs scored four runs in the fifth, capped by a Jorge Soler home run off David Huff in a 5-2 Chicago win. Ian Kennedy was shaky, giving up three runs in four innings, although he did strike out six batters. Reymond Fuentes continued an impressive spring with an RBI double off Cubs starter Jon Lester and stole a base as well. Tony Cruz collected a pair of hits, and Terrance Gore singled. Wade Davis, Luke Hochevar, and Ross Ohlendorf each pitched a scoreless inning of relief.
Other notes: Ross Ohlendorf can opt-out of his contract with the Royals if he is not added to the roster today.