Royals, Kouzmanoff Walk-Off Against Rangers

For the second day in a row, the Royals topped the Rangers in Surprise.

Texas jumped out to an early lead against Bruce Chen to the tune of 5 runs (4 earned) in 1.2 IP. Louis Coleman followed Chen with 1.1 scoreless. Mike Montgomery made his Spring debut in the fifth inning and thew 2 successful innings, allowing 1 ER. Chris Dwyer followed suit with 2 scoreless, then Collins and Wood combined for 2 scoreless as well.

Escobar tripled to center in the 5th, which set the stage for Alex Gordon’s 2-run HR to right off of lefty Mitch Stetter. In the 6th, Derrick Robinson hit a bases loaded single that brought in two more runs, closing the gap to 6-5 Texas.

Fast forward to the bottom of the 9th.

With the bases loaded and nobody out, Wil Myers grounded into a Fielder’s Choice 5-2 double play, which brought Kevin Kouzmanoff to the plate with two down and runners on second and first. Kouz proceeded to smoke a 2-0 double into the gap in Left-Center, scoring Moustakas and Myers for the walk off win.

Here’s the Box, via ESPN. Enjoy

TEXAS (6) AT KANSAS CITY (7)

 TEXAS               AB  R  H BI    KANSAS CITY       AB  R  H BI
 I Kinsler 2b        3  2  2  0    A Gordon lf        2  1  1  2
 -G Miclat ph-2b     2  0  0  0    -D Robinson lf     2  0  1  2
 E Andrus ss         3  3  3  1    J Giavotella 2b    3  0  1  0
 -L Hernandez ph-ss  2  0  0  0    -C Getz 2b         1  0  0  0
 J Hamilton cf       3  0  1  0    E Hosmer 1b        3  0  2  0
 -L Martin cf        2  0  0  0    -C Robinson 1b     1  0  0  0
 A Beltre 3b         3  1  3  3     -D Lough pr       0  0  0  0
 -A Gonzalez 3b      1  0  0  0    B Butler dh        2  0  0  0
 M Young 1b          3  0  0  0    -M Moustakas ph-dh 2  1  0  0
 -B Snyder 1b        0  0  0  0    J Francoeur rf     2  1  1  0
 N Cruz rf           3  0  1  0    -W Myers rf        3  2  1  0
 -K Hudson rf        1  0  0  0    L Cain cf          2  0  1  1
 D Murphy lf         2  0  1  1    -J Dyson cf        2  0  1  0
 -E Beltre lf        1  0  0  0     -K Kouzmanoff ph  1  0  1  2
 Y Torrealba c       2  0  0  0    S Perez c          2  0  0  0
 -D Brown c          1  0  0  0    -M Ramirez c       1  0  0  0
  -C Robinson c      1  0  0  0     -G Golson pr      0  0  0  0
 M Moreland dh       2  0  0  0    -C Clark c         0  0  0  0
 -M Olt ph-dh        1  0  0  0    Y Betancourt 3b    2  0  0  0
                                   -I Falu 3b         1  1  1  0
                                   A Escobar ss       2  1  1  0
                                   -T Abreu ss        2  0  1  0
 TOTALS             36  6 11  5     TOTALS           36  7 13  7

                           123 456 789     F
 TEXAS                     320 100 000 --  6
 KANSAS CITY               010 022 002 --  7

TWO OUTS WHEN WINNING RUN SCORED
E-J Giavotella (KC), A Beltre (TEX). DP-TEXAS 3, KANSAS CITY 1. LOB--TEXAS 6, KANSAS CITY 9.
2B--K Kouzmanoff (KC), J Francoeur (KC), J Giavotella (KC), L Cain (KC), A Beltre (TEX).
3B--A Escobar (KC), E Andrus (TEX).
HR--A Gordon 1 (1) (off M Stetter) (KC).
SB--C Getz 1 (1) (KC). CS--D Murphy (TEX).
SAC--I Falu.
                                   IP   H   R  ER  BB  SO  HR
  TEXAS
 D Holland                          2   3   1   1   0   1   0
 A Ogando                           2   1   0   0   1   2   0
 M Stetter                          1   3   2   2   0   0   1
 N Cotts                            1   4   2   2   0   2   0
 B Snyder                           1   0   0   0   0   1   0
 T Scheppers (L,0-1)                1   1   1   1   2   1   0
 K De La Cruz                     2/3   1   1   1   1   0   0

  KANSAS CITY
 B Chen                         1 2/3   7   5   4   0   0   0
 L Coleman                      1 1/3   1   0   0   1   0   0
 M Montgomery                       2   3   1   1   1   1   0
 C Dwyer                            2   0   0   0   1   1   0
 T Collins                          1   0   0   0   0   0   0
 B Wood (W,1-0)                     1   0   0   0   0   1   0

 HBP--M Ramirez (KC) by T Scheppers. BALK--N Cotts (TEX). 

 SO--TEX: L Hernandez 2, D Murphy. KC: B Butler, M
 Ramirez, L Cain, W Myers, J Dyson, J Giavotella, D
 Robinson.
 BB--TEX: D Murphy, B Snyder, M Moreland. KC: A Gordon, C Robinson, M Moustakas, C Getz.
 Time--2:53. Attendance--6,449.
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One comment

  1. THE MEXICUTIONER

    I feel like the royals are probably going to win quite a few games in this fashion. Let’s be honest even with the new pitching addition in Sanchez the starting rotation is horrible. The bull pen is above average, and I believe that the bats will be good this year, but unless the starters show that they can get through 5 innings without consistently giving up 3 or more runs I think that the royals may need alot of luck to get over the .500 hump.

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