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Royals 11, Twins 4: Royals jump all over Santiago

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Bad defense, bad pitching, just bad. Also, I almost want Ricky back.

Kansas City Royals v Minnesota Twins
Close, but not really close at all actually.
Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images

The Twins needed a good start out of Hector Santiago today. They did not get that. The game-defining inning was the 4th where the Royals pulled the old double, ground out, ground out, single, single, triple, hit by pitch, home run to score six runs. For the astute baseballian, that’s six runs scored with two outs.

That effectively took the wind out of our proverbial sails, as the Twins had just tied the game at 1 on Brian Dozier’s 101st dalmation home run.

The offense tried to scratch their way back into the game on a 2 run single from Eduardo Escobar in the 4th. A run scoring single from Joe Mauer in the 5th made it 7-4, but that’s as close as Minnesota would get.

For good measure, the Royals scored 4 more runs in the 6th inning, thanks in part to 3 errors in the field (2 from Jorge Polanco at 3B).

Kansas City pitchers would face the minimum from the 6th inning to the end of the game (thanks to 2 inning ending double plays).

Miguel Sano is going to get an MRI on his elbow on Monday.

Studs:

Joe Mauer (2-3, BB, RBI), Brian Dozer (1-4, HR)

Duds:

Rest of the Twins lineup, had 3 hits. For context, 3 Royals batters had 3 or more hits today.

Hector Santiago (4 IP, 9 H, 7 ER, 2 K)

Roll call!

Twins have an off day on Monday, and will head to Atlanta for a two game set.

Have a great week, everyone.

Oh, I almost forgot! Comment of the game thread goes to DNOMN8R314 for this gem:

Where in the world is Hector Santiago?

Do it, Rockapella!