No clutch pitching
No clutch hitting
This team is doing so many small things that lead to losses. For instance, on Billy Butler's 2 RBI hit, he only made it to first base. How does this happen? The throw was going to the plate, and the cutoff man even bobbled it, and Billy couldn't even slide into 2nd base? Granted, Jacobs made the third out next, but if Jacobs could have even singled the Royals would have had the lead again and who knows what might have happened.
Also, Ron Mahay couldn't find the strike zone.. why? I understand if it's Shawn Camp or Jaime Cerda or Nate Field or Scott Sullivan or any of the other awful relievers we've had over the last few seasons.. but Ron Mahay? He's a legit major leaguer with a 10+ year career. I understand that sometimes you just don't have it.. but its games like these when you HAVE to be able to reach back and find a strike.. ugh!
We'll look for Greinke to throw a no-no tomorrow night in order to get the Royals back on track. After tonight's loss they stepped back into 2nd (3rd) place in the division. Ugh!
Hitter of the Game
Billy Butler earns the hitter of the game award for tonight's game. Billy was 2-5 with 3 RBI, a run, a strikeout, and no walks. One of Billy's hits was a solo HR.
Yesterday Mike Jacobs earned the hitter of the game award. He was 1-2 with a HR, 1 RBI and a run scored. He did not strike out or walk. He pinch hit for John Buck.
Pitcher of the Game
Kyle Farnsworth gets the award for tonight, as he closed out the game with a perfect 9th inning. He didn't strike anyone out. His ERA is down to 5.11
Brian Bannister gets the pitcher of the game award for his performance yesterday, even though he left early with some shoulder stiffness. He pitched 5.2 innings allowing 2 runs on 5 hits and a walk. He struck out 3.
Zack Greinke will take on Adam Eaton and the Orioles tomorrow at 7:10. It is a sellout supposedly, so we'll see how many people show up after this 6 game losing streak.
Minor League Notables
Jose Duarte made his AAA debut tonight, with a 1-4 performance, including a run scored. He did not strike out or walk. He played CF and batted 8th.
Carlos Rosa struck out 6 in 2.1 innings of work today. He gave up 5 hits, including a solo HR. He did not walk any.
Brian McFall was 1-4 with a solo HR tonight. He did not strikeout or walk. He was the DH.
David Lough was 2-4 with a double, a run and an RBI. He did not walk or strikeout. He was the right fielder.
Mike Moustakas hit his 5th home run tonight. He was 1-4 with 2 RBI and a run scored. He struck out once and did not walk. He played 3rd base.
Alex Caldera pitched 4 innings in his start tonight. He gave up 0 runs and struck out 9. He did allow 3 hits and walked 5, however. His ERA is at 4.36.
Nick Van Stratten was 2-3 tonight with a double and a run scored. He walked once and did not strike out. He played center field and led off for the Burlington Bees.
Eric Hosmer was 1-2 with a 2 RBI double and 2 walks. He did not strike out or score a run. Eric played 1B.
Sam Runion started tonight, throwing 5 innings. He gave up 2 runs on 8 hits and no walks. He struck out 1 batter. His ERA is at 7.88 on the season. Ouch.
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