Needless to say Ponson was awful tonight. disclaimer: I did not actually watch the game. I did look at the box score, though, which lists Ponson as: 4.1 IP 9 H 7 ER 1 BB 1 K 1 HR. Awful. 10 baserunners in 4.1 innings is way too much, especially when 5 of those baserunners reached base with extra base hits. Even if Hoch isn't ready yet, there is no doubt in my mind that the Royals would be better off with Duckworth, Matt Wright, Heath Phillips, Lenny DiNardo, hell, maybe even Bruce Chen. Ponson had his shot, and he has failed. Time to move on.
Speaking of moving on..
The Royals drew 0 walks tonight and struck out 8 times. I know we're facing the Twins.. but Really?
Ugh! So frustrating..
Hitter of the Game
HoG goes to David DeJesus. Jose Guillen had more hits, but DDJ contributed to more runs. On the night David was 2-4 with 3 RBI and a run scored. He did not strike out or walk. One of his hits was a double, his third of the season.
Pitcher of the Game
Wow. Horacio Ramirez earned the PoG award tonight. He needed just 13 pitches to get 5 outs, including a strikeout. He did not give up a walk, hit, or run. With this impressive outing, he dropped his ERA to 9.00. Nice.
Brian Bannister takes on Glen Perkins in Minnesota tomorrow night. First pitch is at 6:05, Banny will go for his 3rd win of the season.
Minor League Notables
AAA Omaha and AA Northwest Arkansas were both rained out tonight
Derrick Robinson was 1-4 with 3 Ks and a run scored. He did steal his 12th base of the season, however.
Jeff Bianchi was 2-3 with a double and a run scored, he was caught stealing for the 2nd time this season.
Eric Hosmer scored the only run in a 1-0 Burlington Bees win. He was 1-2 with a walk and a double. He is batting .231/.354/.308 in 65 at bats this season.
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