As I stated yesterday, I figured a pitcher like Laffey would come in and just slice and dice our lineup, and he basically did. We got to their bullpen for 2 runs, but their offense just came surging back anyway. Kyle Farnsworth is the boob of the season so far, and he reminds me of Ambiroix Burgos, or at least his fastball does. Sure, it's 94-96, but when it's that straight, it's supremely hittable.
Trey wasn't afraid to pinch hit players late in the game, which was reassuring, and while no one wants to see TPJ and Bloomquist together in the game, at least Hillman understands that Ponson is a groundball pitcher and the defense behind him is important.
Some might be upset at Teahen for getting thrown out by Choo trying to turn the single into the double. Personally, I think it was a good aggressive base running decision however. The Royals were down by 2 at that point and a leadoff double in the 8th would have increased the chances of winning the game. Although Choo is left handed and he was ranging to his right, making it more of a difficult throw, he does have one of the better arms in the game and gunned down Teahen. Did it cost the Royals the game? Maybe. Am I upset by Teahen's running? Not at all.
Hitter of the Game
I was teetering between Mike Jacobs and Coco Crisp and I think I'm going to go with Mike Jacobs. Crisp did walk twice (almost 3 times, you know what I mean if you saw the game) and hit a triple and scored 2 runs, but Jacobs took a walk to load the bases as well as hitting a solo HR after Mark Teahen got thrown out trying to take the extra base. Overall a good game for both, but I'll stick with Jacobs who pinch hit for Butler in the 6th.
Pitcher of the Game
I'm gonna stick with Sir Sidney here. I was very distraught when I heard he was making the club, but he really has been impressive. His fastball has good movement to it, and if he could figure out his control just a little more he could really step in and be one of the better #4 pitchers in the AL central. I'm not saying he's there yet, I'm just saying I do see some potential.
The Royals are off Thursday.