Friday, March 02, 2007

Royals Drop Spring Opener

The Royals didn't struggle to score runs in their first game of the spring against the Angels. They scored six times--the first coming off the bat of Angel Berroa, who has a new crouch batting stance, and a little more patience. He actually worked the count to 3-2 before singling in the run. Unfortunately, the bullpen looked to be in 2006 mid-season form--giving up three runs in the bottom of the ninth to lose the game 7-6. (Here's a link to the box score.)

Ken Ray walked two and gave up two earned runs. John Bale was hit hard in his inning of work (3 H, 2 ER). Ryan Braun and Neal Musser both threw one scoreless inning before Wayne Franklin give up three runs and the game. Brian Bannister and Joakim Soria both threw two scoreless innings to start the game. And neither walked anybody. So, at least a couple of guys who are vying for a spot in the rotation are off to a good start.

Game Notes:

  • Shane Costa went 2-for-2. In an already over-crowded outfield, he's going to have to have the spring of his life to make the opening day roster. And even then, he'll be a fifth outfielder at best unless Sanders is traded.
  • Mark Teahen and Ryan Shealy were 1-for-3.
  • Alex Gordon was 0-for-2 with a run scored.

The Royals play the Rangers this afternoon. Gil Meche will make his debut in Royal blue.

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