What more can you say about the day Omar Infante just had at Camden Yards? The Kansas City Royals returned to .500 today thanks largely to Omar going nuts at the plate in perhaps the best offensive game of his career. Baltimore Orioles fans had very little to cheer about on a gorgeous Sunday afternoon, aside from some sensational defense by former Royal David Lough, but fans in KC appreciated the grand offensive performance from their new second baseman.
Infante went 2-for-3 with a double, a two-run homer and a sac fly that brought in six runs in total. His 17 RBI total ties Anthony Rendon for the most by any second baseman in MLB. Today’s six runs scored helped KC to put up their highest run total of any game this season and win only their second series in Baltimore since 2005.
KC ace James Shields, who actually gave up six RBI to Omar in a start last year, should also get his usual props for another quality start. Shields went seven strong, striking out six and allowing only three hits. This combination of great starting pitching and constant offensive production gave the Royals a 2-1 series lead and kept them tied for third in their tight division.
The Detroit Tigers and Minnesota Twins were scheduled to play today, but that game was postponed. The Chicago White Sox look like they’ll win this afternoon’s game, which will keep Chicago and KC tied at 1.5 games behind Detroit. Only the AL East comes close to being as competitive as the Central. Neither division includes a team that’s more than three games away from first place. KC will work to gain more ground on Detroit and keep the Cleveland Indians in the cellar when they begin a new homestand on Tuesday.