Philip Humber threw seven dominant innings Monday night, leading the Royals to their fifth straight win, a 4-2 triumph over the Oklahoma City RedHawks.
Humber shut down the hot-hitting RedHawks for seven scoreless innings, allowing just two singles. In his first start since April 24th and a short stay on the disabled list, the 27-year old right-hander did not walk a batter and struck out seven.
The Royals took a 4-0 lead into the eighth inning when the RedHawks broke through for two runs, only one of them earned, off Blake Johnson, a 24-year old righty making his Triple-A debut after being promoted earlier in the day from Double-A Northwest Arkansas.
Greg Holland slammed the door in the ninth for the save, his first save of the season and the 21st save of his four-year professional career.
Omaha’s deciding run came in the seventh inning on Scott Thorman’s third homer of the season to right field. Later in the inning, David Lough roped an RBI triple down the right field line for his third hit of the contest. That scored Kila Ka’aihue, who singled, walked twice and scored a pair of runs in the game.
Game two of the four-game series is Tuesday at 6:35 p.m.: Oklahoma City sends lefty Derek Holland to the hill. He’s 3-1 with a PCL-best 0.53 ERA. The Royals counter with right-hander Gaby Hernandez (2-1, 6.49).