The Royals wasted little time getting on top of the Chicago White Sox, as the defending American League Champions opened the 2015 season with a 10-1 win at Kauffman Stadium.
A new look offense for the Royals drew five walks and hit two home runs including Mike Moustakas’ first career homer to opposite field and newcomer Alex Rios’ three-run shot in the seventh.
Rios went 3 for 4 in his debut and delivered what Dayton Moore brought him in to do…add power. Rios’ homer off Kyle Drabek capped a five-run seventh inning.
“I was trying to put a good swing on the ball and when you do that good things happen,” Rios said.
Sox starter Jeff Samardijza, traded from Oakland in the offseason, was charged with five runs. With the Royals up 3-0 in the fifth, Moustakas drove a ball to left center for his first homer of the year. For Moose, this was the first time he hit one to the opposite field in his career. Another instance where the Royals are maturing and learning to hit to all fields and show patience.
“The numbers don’t matter,” Moustakas said. “We just find a way to win and at the end of the day the numbers will be there.”
Yordano Ventura picked up the win by going six-plus innings, but left in the seventh with a thumb cramp. Ventura went down in a heap after throwing a pitch, but walked off the field and manager Ned Yost feels his ace won’t miss any time.
Ventura just agreed to a $23 million, five-year contract. He allowed one run on a solo homer, four hits, one walk and two strikeouts.