Lough settles in with two hits in MLB debut
Royals outfielder bats in leadoff spot in nightcap loss to Minnesota
KANSAS CITY -- David Lough didn't have long to wait to make his Major League debut. Called up on Saturday, he started the second game against the Twins as the Royals' leadoff batter and right fielder.
He came through with two hits, including a ground-ball single to right field in his first at-bat against right-hander Liam Hendriks.
"I got behind 0-2 -- he came at me with two fastballs -- and I figured he'd come offspeed and he came with the curveball, and I was able to just sit back enough to get it through that hole," Lough said.
The ball got past second baseman Alexi Casilla. His second hit, also off Hendriks, was a line drive to right field.
"I think it was a 3-1 count and he gave me a fastball in and I was able to get a hit to right," Lough said.
Lough scored after both hits as the Royals tried to come from behind but fell short, 8-7.
"That's part of the game. Especially as a leadoff batter, you try to get on base and the guys behind you like Billy [Butler], Gordo [Alex Gordon], they'll drive you in very easily," Lough said.
Lough looked a bit uncertain as he caught the first fly ball hit to him, understandable because the Royals' batting and fielding practice before the game was rained out, and he had no time to get accustomed to his new home field.
"I had some nerves going through me, too, not only at the plate but in the outfield, too," Lough said. "I'm glad I got it over with and it's all said and done. Now I can be a little more comfortable out there."
Dick Kaegel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.