Sunday, the Kansas City Royals ran wild on Tim Lincecum and the San Francisco Giants. Literally. The Royals racked up seven stolen bases, which is the second most in franchise history, and the most since they set the franchise record of eight on August 1, 1998 against Baltimore.
Maybe it had to do with the fact that All Star catcher Buster Posey got the afternoon off. At any rate, the Royals ran wild on the battery of Tim Lincecum and Andrew Susac. Right fielder and leadoff hitter Norichiki Aoki swiped three of the bags. Center fielder Jarrod Dyson also swiped three bags from the number nine hole. Shortstop Alcides Escobar added the other stolen bag on the day.
The Royals ran early and often. Aoki led off the game with an infield single, and stole second base. The second inning saw Dyson swipe second after a leadoff single. After an Aoki walk, the two of them pulled off a double steal, giving the Royals more stolen bases than outs at that point in the game!
Escobar led off the fourth inning with a single, was sacrificed to second, then stole third base. Aoki then singled him home, and proceeded to steal second base for the third time today.
Dyson stole third base for the second time in the game after a double in the bottom of the eighth inning, giving them their seven steals.
The Royals went on to beat the Giants 7-4. Lincecum was charged with six of the runs after being chased in the fourth inning. Danny Duffy was the beneficiary of the Royal offense today, picking up his seventh win of the year.