Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Soria, Gobble Throw Scorless Innings

Game Date: March 11, 2007
Rockies 5, Royals 4 / Box Score
Royals Spring Training Record: 6-6

Joakim Soria was the story for the Royals in this one. He threw four scoreless innings, during which he only allowed one hit and no walks. His ERA this spring is 1.12, which can’t hurt as he tries to nail down the number five spot in the rotation. Jimmy Gobble pitched a couple of scoreless innings and he’s settling into middle relief nicely (he has two holds and a 3.00 ERA)—just like he did last season. Joel Peralta threw a scoreless inning and it was good to see him back in action. The Royals were in good shape in this game until Roberto Giron gave up three runs in the bottom of the ninth. Giron is a non-roster invitee who isn’t helping his case to make the team. After this outing, his ERA ballooned to 19.29.

At the plate, Justin Huber was 2-for-3 with a walk. He’s hitting .389 now. Billy Butler was 1-for-1 with a home run and 2 RBI. Butler is expected to be moved to the minor league roster this morning, even though he’s hitting .556. The Royals never intended for him to break camp with the big league team. If he continues to hit in Omaha, he may be up after the break. But the Royals seem content to let him play in Omaha this season, which wouldn’t be a bad idea.

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