Royals pitchers offered little in the way of an explanation. Starter Ian Kennedy, who walked five Wednesday, said he felt he was pushing his pitches. Reliever Nathan Karns, who walked two and gave up a three-run triple in the Twins' six-run seventh, simply said he was "a little off."
The Twins, of course, saw it another way: good patience at the plate.
"I think we have more walks than hits, but it works," Twins manager Paul Molitor said. "I think these guys understand that walks are part of the game and that if you can get on base in any fashion, you can contribute to opportunities to score runs. You have to cash them in, and we did a pretty good job of that today. So it's been a nice start."
Twins catcher Jason Castro led the way Wednesday with four walks, setting a career high. He has five walks in two games.
"I don't know what four walks feels like," Molitor joked. "You can just tell when a hitter is really recognizing pitches and not expanding. It's paid off. He's been getting on base."
Kennedy dug a hole when he walked Miguel Sano and Castro back to back in the second inning, then gave up two RBI hits and an RBI forceout.
The Royals never recovered.
"That second inning, I was pushing the ball," Kennedy said. "Everything I was trying to go down [with] was kind of leaking back over. The same thing with the curveball.
"It just stinks. I just felt like I beat myself."
Karns, who will start Sunday, said many of his pitches were missing by the smallest of margins.