The Kansas City Royals are only three years removed from their World Series victory, but it may be a long time before they return to prominence. After losing the core of their championship team this off-season, the Royals have struggled to stay competitive in the AL Central. While Kansas City fans may be in for a long season, they got to see their team pull an extremely impressive win when they faced the Minnesota Twins on Tuesday, May 29.
Danny Duffy was supposed to blossom into an ace for the Royals, but his start to the 2018 season has been rather disappointing. Duffy had his best start of the season against the Rangers on May 24, and he put together another solid outing against the Twins on Tuesday. He surrendered only one run in his six innings. Minnesota’s lone run against Duffy came in the third inning on a bloop single to left field by Miguel Sano.
Minnesota starter Kyle Gibson put together an even better outing than his counterpart from Kansas City. Gibson struck out eight hitters in his seven scoreless innings. Addison Reed was tasked with preserving the one-run lead for Minnesota in the eighth inning, but he blew his second save of the season. The Royals tied the game with a bases loaded walk from Jorge Soler, but they were unable to do additional damage in the inning.
The game remained tied 1-1 until the Royals came up to bat in the 14th inning. After getting eight scoreless innings from their bullpen, the Royals sent everyone in Kauffman Stadium home happy with a walk-off home run by Alcides Escobar against Taylor Rogers. It was the first walk-off homer in the veteran shortstop’s career. Brad Keller will be on the mound as the Royals conclude their series with the Twins on Wednesday night.