Cain's triple underscores another Royals offensive outburst
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The foul balls teased and tantalized Lorenzo Cain. He golfed one to the wrong side of the left-field foul pole. He scooted one past third into foul territory. He smashed his knee with another.
"I don't like for it to go that long," Cain said.
Then, on the 10th pitch of his battle with Mike Fiers, Cain walloped a triple to left-center. Cain cruised into third base, his slide unnecessary and fist pump subtle, the hit driving in Mike Moustakas as the Royals won their third straight game with a 10-2 win over Milwaukee on Wednesday night.
Royals manager Ned Yost called the at-bat both phenomenal and tremendous.
"Just missed a home run, was fouling off tough pitches and got a pitch that he could drive," Yost said, "and boy did he drive it hard in that left-center-field gap."
Cain's triple underscored another offensive outburst for Kansas City, which has now scored 25 runs in three triumphs over the lowly Brewers. Only once this season have the Royals scored as many runs in three games. It also backed a solid Joe Blanton, who threw five innings of one-run ball in his first major league start in nearly two years.
The win gave manager Ned Yost his 410th victory with Kansas City (tying him with Whitey Herzog atop the franchise list) and kept the Royals 3 1/2 ahead in the American League Central.
Cain also added a double and two walks as all nine Royals starters scored a run. Kansas City banged 12 hits -- four starters had multiple knocks -- as the club surpassed 10 hits for the third straight game. It was the third time this season the Royals had done so and first time since May 7-9.
"We had a bunch of guys with great nights," Yost said. "Our guys are swinging the bats really well."
The 10 runs were the most for Kansas City since a 12-1 win over New York on May 15. The offense appears to be out of its prolonged slump in which it averaged 2.41 runs in a 17-game period.