Well the Royals went down today, and went down hard. I know it's just spring training but it's never fun to see your pitching get demolished like that.
Overall the pitchers gave up 9 runs on 17 hits, 8 of which went for extra bases. The pitching did manage 9 strikeouts against 4 walks, not too bad. The hitters scored just 3 runs on 11 hits and struck out 9 times while drawing just 2 walks.
Hitter of the game
Mark Teahen grabs the hitter of the game award tonight. Teahen was 2-4 with a solo home run and no strikeouts or walks. He drove in one run and scored one run.
Pitcher of the game
Tim Hamulack will be the pitcher of the game for tonight. I had never seen Tim pitch before and he was fairly impressive I thought. Tim pitched a scoreless 8th inning, striking out 2 batters and allowing 2 hits.
I felt like overall I was impressed with our hitters approach at the plate. While it didn't amount to a lot of walks tonight, there were very few first pitch outs, which is encouraging as that is one of the most frustrating things in baseball for me. (That and leadoff walks, of course).
Tony Pena Jr. looked awful in the field, while I felt Mark Teahen didn't look half bad. IF Teahen can continue his torrid hitting (and that is a big IF) then I feel like there will be almost no option but to start him at 2nd base. (Hey, if Skip Schumaker can do it...). Greinke's stuff was there, but I felt like he was kind of just toying around a lot, so I'm not too worried about his line for the night.
On another note, Joel Goldberg is as obnoxious and annoying as ever and Frank White continues to underwhelm me.
The Royals are off on Thursday
Thanks as always for reading, look for me to continue my "breakout candidate of the year" series tomorrow on the Royals day off.