My Role Darkness spread his void across the land, going 4-for-5 with 5 RBI as miniature statues with neck issues were handed out in his honor. The season numbers are still not good, but since sitting out with a finger injury, Morales was hitting .283/.377/.467 coming into tonight's contest. Add tonight's stellar performance, and his season line has jumped from .201/.271/.355 on June 1st all the way up to .225/.293/.371.
Edinson Volquez, for his part, was good until he wasn't. Through six innings, he had given up two runs on four hits, three of which came in the first inning. He also didn't walk a batter. Because he had only thrown 80 pitches, he was brought back out for the seventh, which ended very poorly. He gave up three more runs while recording just one out. His final line was 6.1 innings, five hits, five runs, no walks, and six strikeouts.
It was moot at that point anyway, as Kansas City had gathered an 8-2 lead already. Whit Merrifield gave Kansas City the lead on a two-out double in the second, as the Royals quickly piled on Matt Boyd, as they are wont to do.
Merrifield ended the game 3-for-5 with a walk (off of third baseman Andrew Romine) and four RBI, marking another game that people will undoubtedly use to herald the Second Coming.
Paulo Orlando also went 4-for-5 with two RBI, but it was Morales and Merrifield that did the serious damage. Eric Hosmer and Lorenzo Cain each contributed two hits apiece, scoring four runs. Salvador Perez also went 2-for-4 with a walk and three runs scored.
Tomorrow, Kansas City looks to take the series. Chris Young (2-6, like ∞.99 ERA) will face off against Jordan Zimmermann (9-3, 3.46).