Kansas City Royals
OFFICIAL GAME NOTES
Atlanta Braves (8-25) @ Kansas City Royals (16-18)
Kauffman Stadium - Friday, May 13, 2016
Game #35 - Home Game #15
FOX Sports Kansas City (HD) & KCSP Radio (610 Sports)
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UPCOMING SCHEDULE & PITCHING PROBABLES
Saturday, May 14 vs. Atlanta Braves: RHP Mike Foltynewicz (0-1, 5.06) vs. RHP Dillon Gee (0-0, 2.61), 6:15 p.m., FS 1 (HD) & 610 Sports
Sunday, May 15 vs. Atlanta Braves: RHP Matt Wisler (1-3, 3.27) vs. LHP Danny Duffy (0-0, 3.00), 1:15 p.m., FSKC (HD) & 610 Sports
Monday, May 16 vs. Boston Red Sox: TBA vs. RHP Yordano Ventura (3-2, 4.62), 6:08 p.m., FSKC (HD), ESPN & 610 Sports
Tuesday, May 17 vs. Boston Red Sox: TBA vs. RHP Ian Kennedy (4-3, 3.25), 7:15 p.m., FSKC (HD) & 610 Sports
Wednesday, May 18 vs. Boston Red Sox: TBA vs. RHP Edinson Volquez (3-3+ tonight), 1:15 p.m., FSKC (HD) & 610 Sports
Thursday, May 19: Travel day to Chicago
Tonight’s game is being broadcast in Kansas City on KCSP Radio (610 Sports) and the Royals Radio Network with Royals’ Hall of Famer Denny Matthews, Steve
Physioc and Steve Stewart, while Don Free controls the dials...tonight’s contest is being televised by FOX Sports Kansas City with Ryan Lefebvre and Rex Hudler
on the call...the pre and postgame shows, Royals Live, are hosted by Joel Goldberg, who is joined by Royals’ Hall of Famer Jeff Montgomery.
TONIGHT’S STARTING PITCHERS: RHP Julio Teheran (0-3, 3.48) vs. RHP Edinson Volquez (3-3, 3.89)
ROUGH TRIP TO THE BRONX--The dimensions of Yankee Stadium will never be confused with
those of Kauffman Stadium and last night KC starter Ian Kennedy found out how little margin for error
there was in the Bronx, dropping a 7-3 decision...the Yanks hit a trio of home runs, including an opposite
field two-run shot just inside the fair pole over the 318 sign in left...meanwhile, the Royals didn’t take
advantage of the situation, with Alex Gordon hitting Kansas City’s lone blast, which would’ve departed
any park in the Majors, his fourth of the season and second of the New York visit...Gordo, Eric Hosmer
and Christian Colon each had two hits in last night’s loss...Kennedy finished with 6.1 innings and seven
earned runs on just five hits, with three walks and six K’s...the seven earnies were the most he’s allowed
as a Royal and most since last September 12 in San Francisco...the loss closed the books on Kansas City’s
second straight losing road trip, going 2-5 through Cleveland and New York and returning to two games below the .500 mark...the Royals enter this six-game stand
6 1/2 games behind the frontrunning White Sox, who KC will play in Chicago next week when the next road swing begins.
A TRISKADEKAPHOBIAN FRIDAY--Tonight marks Kansas City’s first Friday the 13th contest since June, 13, 2014, when the Royals were 7-2 winners over
the White Sox in U.S. Cellular Field to snap a four-game Friday the 13th slide...over the years, KC has gone 17-24 when this superstitious has popped up on the
calendar...the Royals have had 12 non triskadekaphobics wear the #13, with current starting catcher Salvador Perez donning that jersey now.
REMINDER OF MONDAY’S START TIME--This is just a friendly reminder that Monday’s scheduled start time is 6:08 p.m. for the game against the Boston Red
Sox to accommodate ESPN’s Monday Night Baseball...Dave Flemming, Dallas Braden and Eduardo Perez will call the action...Monday’s tilt will also be on FOX
Sports Kansas City, with the pre-game show, Hy-Vee Royals Live, scheduled for 5:30.
WEEKEND HIGHLIGHTS--This three-game series with Atlanta that is full of promotions for fans starting with the first post-game fireworks show of the year after
tonight’s game...tomorrow’s 6:15 contest is Ned Yost Bobblehead – The first of the 2015 World Series Commemorative Bobblehead Series, with the first 20,000 fans
receiving the item...Sunday’s series finale will also be the annual Salute to the Negro Leagues as the Royals and the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum pay tribute to
Kansas City’s rich baseball tradition with this annual salute...both teams will wear replica Negro Leagues uniforms that fans can bid on after the game at royals.com/
NLBM or mlb.com/auction...Kansas City will wear cream uniforms with navy blue trim, Monarchs block lettering on the front and a KC patch on the left sleeve, while
the Braves will wear road gray uniforms with red and navy trim and Atlanta block lettering on the front...the first 10,000 fans on Sunday will receive a Monarchs Fedora
UNFAMILIAR TERRITORY--On the heels of a 2-5 road trip, the Royals are now two games below .500...prior to this stretch, Kansas City had not been two below
.500 since July 21, 2014 at 48-50, but that club rectified the situation by reeling off five consecutive wins and 23 out of 29 to climb back into the race and eventually
land a spot in the A.L. Wild Card game...the biggest issue has been KC’s play on the road, going 7-13 to this point, but just 3-12 in the last 15 away games after a 4-1
road start...entering 2016, Kansas City was the best away team in the Majors from 2013-15, posting a 133-110 ledger, two more wins than the Dodgers (131-112).
Royals vs. Braves
Atlanta comes to Kansas City for just the second time since
the advent of interleague play in 1997, the first time for a three-
game series...the Braves’ only previous stop here was a split of a
two-game set in 2013, while KC also shared a pair in Atlanta that
season...the Royals are 4-6 all-time vs. the Braves.
Date Site Score WP LP Att.
2015 2014 Career 2016 2015 Career
Julio Teheran vs. Royals first career appearance Major League Record 0-3 (3.48 ERA) 11-8 40-33
Edinson Volquez vs. Braves - 1-0 3-3 Major League Record 3-3 (3.89 ERA) 13-9 82-71
EDINSON VOLQUEZ takes the hill for his team-leading eighth start of the season, the 226th assignment of his career and 233rd appearance...a long-time National
Leaguer, Volky makes his eighth career start against Atlanta...the 32-year-old righty is in the second year of a two-year deal that includes a mutual option for 2017.
EARLY EXIT ON MOTHER’S DAY--Edinson had his shortest start of the season
last Sunday in Cleveland, working just 4.1 innings in a 5-4 setback to the Tribe...he
was charged with five runs on seven hits with four walks and four K’s...he was able to
limit the damage to a pair of solo home runs over the first four innings, before running
into trouble in the fifth...leading 3-2 entering the fifth, Volky surrendered consecutive
hits and a walk to open the frame and then allowed a game-tying RBI single to Lonnie
Chisenhall to finish his afternoon after 105 pitches...it marked his shortest start since
going 3.0 innings vs. Detroit last September 3, a game KC rallied to win 15-7...the loss
was Edinson’s third-straight marking the first time he’s dropped three consecutive starts since April 22-May 4, 2014 with Pittsburgh...he finished that season winning
12 of his final 14 decisions.
FIRST INNING CRITICAL--Getting off to a good start has been a crucial for Edinson this season...in his first four starts, he allowed no runs on two hits with no
walks in the first inning, helping him start the year 3-0...during the current three game slide, he’s allowed three first-inning tallies on five hits with two walks...this trend
is a continuation from last season, when he posted a 0.69 ERA (1 ER in 13.0) and a .167 opponents average in the opening frame of his 13 wins, while opponents hit .286
against him (10-for-35) and scored five first-inning runs (four earned) in his nine losses.
VS. ATLANTA--Edinson takes on the Braves for the first time since 2014 and eighth of his career...he’s 3-3 with a 3.18 ERA (14 ER in 39.2 IP) in his previous
starts vs. Atlanta, winning his last two decisions and three of his last four...most recently, he earned a 10-1 triumph on September 25, 2014, when he tossed 7.0 scoreless
frames at Turner Field...since the start of 2013, Volky has gone 9-3 with a 2.60 ERA in 15 regular season starts vs. N.L. East foes.
INTERLEAGUE SUCCESS--Since coming to Kansas City prior to 2015, Volquez has been very good against his former league...the righty has gone 4-1 with a
2.25 ERA (11 ER in 44.0 IP) and a .231 opponents average in seven Interleague starts, with the Royals going 6-1 in those outings...he’s 1-1 against the N.L. this year.
HOME SWEET HOME--Volky toes the rubber at ‘The K’ for his fifth home start of the year, entering at 2-1 with a 1.37 ERA (4 ER in 26.1 IP), compared to a
1-2 mark and an 8.22 ERA on the road...he’s enjoyed success at home over the last two-plus seasons, going 18-10 with a 3.04 ERA in 38 home outings, which includes
2014 in Pittsburgh...his 18 home victories in that span are tied for seventh in the Majors with Madison Bumgarner, Chris Sale and Max Scherzer, among others...in 118
career home outings, Edinson is 44-36 with a 3.96 ERA and held the opposition to a .238 batting average.
Volquez vs. Braves
Player AVG. AB H HR RBI
Gordon Beckham .000 3 0 0 0
Reid Brignac .333 3 1 0 1
Tyler Flowers .500 10 5 0 1
Jeff Francoeur .286 7 2 1 1
Freddie Freeman .250 8 2 0 0
Ender Inciarte .333 3 1 1 3
Nick Markakis .250 8 2 1 2
Edinson’s 2016 Starts
DATE OPPONENT SCORE IP H R ER HR BB SO TP-K LEFT
4/3 New York Mets W, 4-3 6.0 2 0 0 0 3 5 106-62 4-0
4/10 Minnesota ND, 4-3 5.2 8 2 2 0 0 10 103-72 0-2
4/15 @ Oakland W, 4-2 6.0 4 2 2 1 4 2 103-59 3-2
4/21 Detroit W, 4-0 7.0 5 0 0 0 1 5 112-73 4-0
4/26 @ L.A. Angels L, 4-9 5.0 12 8 8 1 2 3 99-68 4-8
5/2 Washington L, 0-2 7.2 7 2 2 0 1 7 114-72 0-2
5/8 @ Cleveland L, 4-5 4.1 7 5 5 2 4 4 105-65 3-4