The Royals are now officially 4-0 in games that I've been to this season.. is it safe to say I'm a good luck charm? I hope so..
The Royals came back after being down 5-2 in the ninth to win in front of a raucous crowd of 25,024. While it was a T-Shirt Tuesday, I didn't even remember that it was one when I decided I wanted to go this afternoon. Brian Bannister came back to earth a bit, as his ERA skyrocketed to 2.75 from 1.80 after today. He could have come away with a 6 inning 2 run affair, but some sketchy defense and a mistake to Kelly Shoppach did him in.
Hitter of the Game
This might be the toughest choice of the year, as it really could be argued that any one of about 6 players could win the award. I think I'll go with Mike Jacobs, which is interesting because I was kind of surprised he was even in the lineup tonight. Since Cliff Lee was starting I figured we'd see a Buck/Olivo game, as they both hit lefties well. However, Jacobs ended up paying off as he was 2-4 with a strikeout and no walks. Jacobs drove in 1 run and scored 2. His HR in the 9th inning really got the rally started, and that's why he gets the award.
Pitcher of the Game
Again, not an easy award to assign. Banny gave up 5 runs over 6 innings, so it won't be him. Horacio threw 2 scoreless innings and Farnsworth threw a scoreless ninth. I think I'll go with Kyle Farnsworth, simply because he didn't let a 3 run deficit affect his game. He came in, threw 14 pitches and got the ball back to the Indians. He didn't give up any hits or walks and didn't strike anyone out.
Gil Meche starts for the Royals tomorrow against Fausto Carmona and the Indians. First pitch is at 7:10.
Minor League Notables
Brayan Pena had 3 of the O-Royals 8 hits tonight. He was 3-4 with a HR, 1 RBI and 1 Run. He is batting .339 in AAA so far.
Kurt Mertins was 4-5 tonight with a triple and 3 rbi. He did not score a run or strike out.
Jordan Parraz was 1-2 with an RBI triple and 3 walks.
Blake Johnson started for AA Northwest Arkansas tonight, he pitched 6 shutout innings allowing 5 hits, 1 walk and 3 strikeouts. His ERA is down to 4.21 after tonight.
John Bale made another AA appearance tonight as he pitched 2 perfect innings tonight with 2 strikeouts. His ERA is at 1.35 for AA so far.
Derrick Robinson's AVG is up to .246 as he had 2 hits and took a walk tonight. One of his hits was a double. He stole 2 bases tonight and his stolen base total is up to 20 so far this season.
Mike Moustakas had a 3 hit tonight as he was 3-5. He did not drive in any runs or score any runs, nor did he walk or strikeout.
Paulo Orlando also had 3 hits, 1 of his hits was for a triple and he scored 2 runs but did not drive any in.
Fernando Garcia, a 20 year old 2nd baseman from Puerto Rico, was 2-4 with a triple and a walk tonight for A Burlington Bees. He is batting .320 so far this season.
Thoughts on Trey..
There's been a lot of drama surrounding Trey lately, culminating with Brett's blowup last night on the local news.. My thoughts are that he isn't awful, but my biggest beef with him is that he has been around baseball too much. He is too typical of a baseball manager. An intelligent baseball mind knows that it is almost never advantageous to bunt, but Trey still had DDJ bunting in the 4th (I think) inning tonight. That's the same DDJ that hit the game-tying triple in the 9th inning. Let the boys swing! I don't hate Trey, I just wish that he would manage with the actual facts. But I realize that very few managers do this.. so whatever.
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