Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Royals Win in 10

Game Date: March 6, 2007
Royals 3, A's 2 / Box Score
Royals Spring Training Record: 3-3

Brian Banniser looked good in his three innings of work (43 pitches) against Oakland yesterday afternoon. He gave up two hits, one walk, and no earned runs three innings. But he admitted to getting tired in the third inning. He said it was because he was sick last week and hasn't been able to do his normal cardio work.

Unfortunately, Bannister hit Mike Piazza above his left elbow early in the game, and Piazza had to leave the game. Bannister said that he was just trying to come inside on a guy who likes to get extended. I like Bannister's attitude. How many pitchers have we had in Kansas City over the past few seasons who seemed downright afraid to come inside?

Joakim Soria gave up an earned run in two innings worth of work and the bullpen looked incredible after that. The combination of Ken Ray, Ryan Braun, Jason Standridge, Leo Nunez, and Max Wright gave up no runs in the final five innings on two walks and one hit. Wright hit Lou Merloni late in the game just about the ear flap and it made a horrible noise. Merloni was taken to a hospital afterward. Let's hope he's okay.

The Royals banged out eleven hits, two of which where solo home runs by Jason LaRue, who surely helped his case for winning the starting catching job. Reggie Sanders was 2-for-2. Alex Gonzalez, who got the start at third (and booted a ball), was 1-for-1. And Alex Gordon was 1-for-1.

Gil Meche is scheduled to pitch four innings against the Rangers today in a "B" game. Dewon Brazelton will get the start in the "A" game against the White Sox.

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