Short post today, it's been awfully busy..
and I'm still trying to cope with the Manny news. It's too soon for me to talk about it.
Hitter of the Game
Billy Butler was the only Royal with 2 hits, and one of only two Royals with an RBI. He gets the award today, he was 2-4 with an RBI, no runs, strikeouts, or walks.
Pitcher of the Game
I don't necessarily like it when starters only go 6 innings, but Banny was pretty damn good today, even without his best control. He went 6 innings, allowing 5 hits and walking 1 while striking out 7. He did not allow a run, earned or otherwise.
The Royals travel to LA tomorrow to take on the Halos. Gil Meche will take on Matt Palmer. First pitch is at 9:05 central time.
Minor League Notables
Nick Van Stratten was 4-6 with a HR, a 2B and 7 RBI.
Alex Caldera struck out 10 over 6 innings of 1 run ball. He walked just one and allowed just 4 hits. Very nice showing for him, he's got a 4.97 ERA on the year.
Kurt Mertins had a 2 hit game, going 2-4 with a home run, 1 run, 1 rbi and a strikeout. He is batting .278 so far.
Dan Cortes had one of his better outings this season as he pitched 6 innings of 1 run ball. He struck out 8, walked 4 and allowed 5 hits. His ERA is "down" to 5.02 after tonight.
Brayan Pena played left field, batted 3rd, and had 2 hits for AAA Omaha. He was 2-4 with an RBI, no k's or bbs.
Luke Hochevar had his best outing of the season, throwing 8 shutout innings against the Springfield Redbirds. He struck out 9, walked none and gave up just 5 hits, all singles. 75 of his 97 pitches were for strikes. I think it's gotta be close to hoochie mama time in Kansas City.
Thanks for reading!