It was the proverbial cherry on top.
Brandon Wood, who while in the Angels organization was the third-ranked prospect by Baseball America prior to the 2006 season, crushed a home run to left field in the eighth inning Tuesday as the Royals beat Oakland’s split squad 8-2 in Surprise, Ariz.
The Royals are now 10-0-1 having won 10 straight after an opening tie against Texas. In the first 11 games, the Royals have trailed in just eight of 99 innings this spring.
Sure, it’s only spring training (and early at that), but manager Ned Yost was asked about the unbeaten streak.
“I don’t want to say it energizes everybody, because everybody was energized coming in with all the moves Dayton (Moore) made this winter, but if you go back and look at what we’ve done, it’s been a teamwide effort,” Yost said. “It hasn’t been three or four guys, it’s been everybody we’ve put in there has done a great job. It makes it fun.”
Tuesday’s win was a team effort. Twelve players accounted for the Royals’ 13 hits. That includes Wood, who signed as a minor-league free agent in November, has struggled to live up to those expectations and signed with the Royals. But he hammered a James Simmons pitch that was a no-doubter.
| Pete Grathoff, firstname.lastname@example.org