The Royals lit up Barry Zito today for 6 runs in 5 innings on 10 hits, beating the Giants 11 to 3 today. As bad as the Royals were yesterday is as good as they were today. The offense managed 17 hits including 6 extra base hits and scored 11 runs. The hitters drew 6 walks against just 4 strikeouts, a trend that has been continuing as of late (drawing more walks than strikeouts). The pitching was stellar as well, although they gave up 12 hits, they only allowed 3 runs. The pitchers did only walk one batter however, which is awesome, and did strike out 6 giants. Overall, a very good game for the boys in blue.
Hitter of the game
Mark Teahen gets the award for hitter of the game today, as he went 3-4 while drawing a walk and not striking out. Teahen scored 4 runs and drove in 2 runs as well. Mark's three hits were a double and 2 home runs. His spring batting average sits at .400.
Pitcher of the game
Luke Hochevar will be the pitcher of the game today, as he went 4.1 innings, allowing just 1 run. Luke did give up 6 hits, including a double and a triple, however he only walked one batter, while striking out two. Luke's spring ERA sits at 2.92.
The Royals will travel to Camelback Ranch for a 3:05 game against the Chi Sox tomorrow afternoon. Gil Meche gets the nod for the good guys, he will face Bartolo Colon.
A couple of hitting prospects to keep your eye on this summer
I figured I would let you in on a couple of prospects that I am going to keep my eye on this summer. They're not really unheard of, but they don't get a lot of press either. Adrian Ortiz and Paulo Orlando are both centerfielders that intrigue me because of their abilities. Both Orlando and Ortiz will probably start the year in Wilmington. Neither of them may every amount to more than Joey Gathright, but I think that both of these young players have a lot of potential.
Thanks as always for reading.