Perhaps we’ll start off with the most memorable moment of the game in this recap, which came before the first pitch of the game was even thrown. Leading off for the Brewers was our old friend Lorenzo Cain. Before his first plate appearance at Kauffman Stadium as a visitor, Cain received a roar of applause from Royals fans who made the trip out to the K, with Cain responding to them with a smile and a tip of the helmet. After the brief pause in action, Cain grounded out to first, which was the only time he was retired all night.
The action didn’t get started until the top of third inning, when with two outs, Ryan Braun lined a sharp single straight up the middle that deflected off Ian Kennedy, giving the Brewers their first run of the night, and subsequently knocking Ian Kennedy out of the game.
The hit that Ian Kennedy proved to be hard, as Travis Shaw followed up the RBI single by crushing a three-run home run to right field, extending the Brewers lead to 4-0.
The Royals started their offense up with a quiet response to the Brewers four-run inning, with Salvador Perez smacking a solo home run in his second plate appearance of the year. The Royals would add their second and final run of the night on an Alcides Escobar sac fly that would score Alex Gordon.
With Ian Kennedy only going three frames, the Royals needed a long-man and Burch Smith answered the call. He added in three innings of his own, allowing one run by way of a Lorenzo Cain solo shot.
Lost in all of the drama was probably the most amazing thing that happened during this contest. BLAINE BOYER THREW NOT ONE, BUT TWO SCORELESS INNINGS.
TWO, NOT ONE, BUT TWO
The efforts of the 36-year-old journeyman weren’t enough though, as Dan Jennings and another old friend, Jeremy Jeffress, retired the side without much drama in the ninth.
7:15 CT game tomorrow to wrap up the short series. Jason Hammel and Jhoulys Chacin will battle it out.