Morales, Gordon power Royals past A’s

“When things are going fast, that’s the time to slow down”. It’s great. But we want to continue to keep going. They will go for a series sweep on Sunday.


“They got the big hit when they needed it, and we didn’t, ” manager Bob Melvin said. “We just didn’t get a big hit there”.

Ryan Madson pitched the seventh, and Wade Davis made the eighth rather interesting, walking the first two batters he faced. The Royals continued to maintain their hold on first with a 5-2 win at Oakland in Friday action for their third win in four contests.

Vogt iced his right wrist for a long period after coming out of the game and said he would do the same before he went to bed, then hope for the best.

The second A’s run came when Ben Zobrist, batting after Vogt had been hit, doubled to score pinch-runner Josh Phegley.

After retiring his ex- Tampa Bay teammates, the typically unemotional Davis pumped his fist.

“Getting out of those (two) with no damage is pretty good”.

Alex Gordon of the Kansas City Royals trots around the bases after hitting a solo home run off of Jesse Hahn of the Oakland Athletics on Friday at Coliseum in Oakland. He struck out six and walked one.

The Royals trailed 2-1 in the sixth before stringing together a walk and two hits.

“He did a great job of changing eye level”, Yost said. Both teams downplayed the incident, but sparks could fly today at the Coliseum as the two teams play again at 1:05 p.m.

They will look to complete their third road sweep this month Sunday against the last-place Oakland Athletics.

“But that’s a good team”. It turned out to be the key to the game, as Kendrys Morales singled to plate both runs and take the lead. The A’s, meanwhile, dropped to 1-13 in games in which they could have advanced in the postseason under general manager Billy Beane, a sour streak dating to 2000. First baseman Eric Hosmer went 2-for-4 and scored a run.

A Sam Fuld double that drove in Marcus Semien in the third inning was the only hit of effect and one of just three hits the A’s would wrangle off Volquez in seven innings.

The eight and nine hitters did Oakland’s only real damage, while the A’s could only muster three hits against three pitchers.

The average lead at first base is between 12 and 15 feet.

Fuld doubled leading off the first, alertly stole third against the Royals shifted defense and scored when Young’s throw to third sailed wildly into foul territory.

Oakland moved back ahead, 2-1, in the fifth.

In April, as you may or may not remember, A’s third baseman Brett Lawrie made what could have been seen as a late slide, injuring Royals’ shortstop Alcides Escobar. Plus, Oakland has not been the only team the Royals have taken issue with this season. Lorenzo Cain and Hosmer also pulled off a double steal before Morales singled.

“Nobody on my team has even mentioned it or thought about it, and I doubt very seriously anybody over there has”, Royals manager Ned Yost said before the game.

“They have good pitching, especially out of the bullpen”, Melvin said.


Mike Matheny has zero interest in scanning the daily statistics that show just how efficiently the St. Louis Cardinals are dealing with the opposition. We just always try to find ways to win ballgames. Who do you think will take the series this weekend?