Royals 10, Twins 1
Kila Ka’aihue had yet to show his power potential for the
The first two innings agaist Minnesota changed all that.
Ka’aihue hit two home runs and drove in a career-high four runs
to lead Kansas City to a 10-1 victory over the Twins Tuesday
”That’s what he is capable of doing,” Royals manager Ned Yost
said. ”When he steps into that box he’s going to make opposing
pitchers a bit nervous.”
The Twins have dropped a season-high five straight since
clinching the AL Central title on Sept. 21.
”I don’t think there’s a whole lot of panic in here,” Twins
starter Nick Blackburn said. ”I think we’ll be fine. This team’s a
pretty good, calm group. I’m really not concerned about what
happened tonight. I’m not happy about it, but I’m really not
concerned about it. As long as I’m sharp next outing and take some
confidence into it I’ll be fine.”
Ka’aihue hit a three-run homer in the first off Blackburn
(10-11), then led off the second with his seventh home run of the
season. It was his first career multihomer game.
He almost had a third one in the seventh, sending a drive off
the right-field bullpen fence for his first big league triple.
”It was a crazy night,” Ka’aihue said. ”It was just one of
those nights, a real good night. ”I think when I first got here, I
was trying to do things I wasn’t capable of doing. Now I’m just
trying to play my style of baseball. Ned had been talking to me
about it and encouraging me. Hopefully, this continues.”
Sean O’Sullivan (4-6) held the Twins to one run on five hits and
six walks in six-plus innings.
Blackburn gave up eight runs on eight hits and two walks in 4
1-3 innings. He also balked home Mike Aviles, who led off the fifth
with a triple for his third hit.
”I couldn’t execute my pitches and locate,” Blackburn said.
”It was the worst I’ve had in a long time. I came in and watched
some film and the mechanics were pretty good. I was missing spots
and just wasn’t getting my pitches where I wanted them to.”
He singled, doubled before that, so in his final at-bat in the
sixth, he was swinging for a home run to complete the cycle.
”Of course. Why not, right?” Aviles said. ”We’re up a bunch
of runs, might as well try. (Glen) Perkins threw me some nasty
pitches. I didn’t do a good job of being selective. That was one
time when I was just trying to hit a homer and that was probably
the reason I popped up to short.”
The Twins have allowed 46 runs in the five-game skid, the most
in any five-game stretch since they gave up 52 June 14-18,
”It’s kind of a return to the same story from last night,”
Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. ”We didn’t pitch well. These
guys are swinging the bats well. We’re getting beaten around.
They’re having fun at our expense. It’s not much fun for us. We
have to weather the storm.”
NOTES: Ka’aihue also scored four runs, matching David DeJesus
for the Royals’ season high. … Kansas City beat the Twins 10-8
Monday night giving the Royals a double-digit total in back-to-back
games for the first time since Sept. 8-9, 2006 at Boston. … Twins
DH Jim Thome returned to Minnesota to receive treatment on his
back. … Royals OF Mitch Maier (sore left knee) and INF Wilson
Betemit (bruised shin) missed their third straight games. …
Royals rookie reliever RHP Blake Wood retired all six batters he
faced, striking out the final four.