Saturday, March 10, 2007

Royals Drop Two

Game Date: March 9, 2007
Angels 9, Royals 6 / Box Score
Royals Spring Training Record: 5-5

Luke Hudson had another strong start, giving up one earned run in 3.2 innings and in the process he lowered his ERA to 2.70. Ryan Braun pitched another scoreless inning. He has yet to give up an earned run this spring. Several other Royal relievers didn’t fare so well. Ed Yarnall, Leo Nunez, and Daniel Christensen each gave up two runs.

This game had a little of everything—including a balk that led to Mike Scioscia’s ejection. How funny is that? He got tossed in spring training for arguing a balk.

Justin Huber hit his first home run of the spring. Mike Sweeney drove in his first run of the spring. Alex Gordon walked three times. And Emil Brown is finally showing signs of life. He was 2-for-4 and that brought his average up to .200.

The Royals got their hits, but the Royals pitching couldn’t hold the Angels down.

Game Date: March 9, 2007
Brewers 7, Royals 6 / Box Score
Royals Spring Training Record: 5-4

With a couple of exceptions, the Royals played their “B” line up in this one and hung in pretty well—even though they didn’t draw a single walk. Zack Greinke got the start and gave up one earned run in three innings. He struck out four. Joey Gathright gave the Royals a lead in the top of the ninth with a two-run single, but Wayne Franklin blew the save—his second blown save of the spring, and he saw his ERA rise to 19.29.

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