Odorizzi was sharp early in his second start of the season following back trouble. He didn’t allow a hit until Salvador Perez singled with two outs in the fourth and struck out six in the game. His day unraveled quickly, though.
Ryan McBroom doubled into the right-field corner to start the fifth. The play was originally ruled foul but a video review showed the ball landed just inside the line as Max Kepler slid trying to make the catch. Kepler threw the ball into the empty stands after the foul call, but Kansas City challenged the play, and McBroom was awarded second base.
Maikel Franco followed with his fifth homer of the season, ending Odorizzi’s day.
Cruz continued to be the driving force behind the Twins’ offense. He hit a long home run off the facing off the third deck in left field in the third for his fifth homer of the season and 406th of his career. Cruz is one home run behind Duke Snider for 56th all-time.
Cruz nearly added a second homer in the fifth. His line shot appeared ready to clear the wall, but left fielder Alex Gordon pulled the ball back before it flipped out of his glove and onto the grass for a double.
One-run game! Maikel Franco, with a two-run shot, ignites the #Royals late in this one. Let’s go!!!
— FOX Sports Kansas City (@FSKansasCity) August 15, 2020
Saturday marked the first doubleheader of the season for Minnesota and the Royals after severe weather postponed Friday’s series opener. All doubleheaders in Major League Baseball during this virus-shortened 60-game season are seven-inning games.
Royals: RHP Jake Junis was scheduled to follow Kennedy and be the game’s primary pitcher, but he was shut down while warming up in the bullpen. The team announced that Junis had back spasms and low back discomfort.
Twins: 3B Josh Donaldson missed his 12th straight game with a strained calf and doesn’t sound close to rejoining the team. Chief Baseball Officer Derek Falvey said Friday that the team is going to be careful in regard to Donaldson’s injury. He’s dealt with similar nagging injuries in the past.
The second game of the doubleheader will see LHP Danny Duffy (0-2, 5.12 ERA) taking the mound for Kansas City. RHP José Berríos (0-2, 5.31) pitches for Minnesota. Duffy will be making his 10th career start at Target Field, tied for the sixth-most of any opponent starter. Berríos gave up four runs in 5 1/3 innings in a loss at Kansas City last week.