Saturday, July 28, 2007

Butler's Blast Leads Royals to Win

Game Date: July 27, 2007
Royals 6, Rangers 1 / Box Score
WP: Bannister (7-6), LP: Wright (3-3)
Royal Home Runs: Butler (4)
Royals Record: 45-57

Brian Bannister continued his solid season last night, pitching seven shutout innings--giving up just four hits. He lowered his ERA to 3.42 and he's only allowed one earned run in his last 14 innings of work. And finally, the opposing manager was praising our starting pitcher after the game rather than the other way around. Here's what Ron Washington said, "Bannister didn't give us much. We had a couple of opportunities, but he did not give in to it." 

Bannister got an early lead when Billy Butler hit a three-run home run in the first inning. He got into some trouble in the early innings, but he found a way to keep the Rangers from scoring. The Royals on the other hand kept crossing the dish. Ross Gload hit a sacrifice fly in the third to score Mark Teahen. Mark Grudzielanek singled in John Buck in the seventh. And Alex Gordon doubled in Gload in the eighth.

And so, after a slight stumble against the evil Yankees, the Royals seem to be back on track. Unfortunately, our starting pitching is still on shaky ground. Tonight, Odalis Perez (5-9, 5.80) goes against Kevin Millwood (7-8, 5.56). Perez has never pitched against the Rangers. Millwood is 3-2 against the Royals in his career with a 3.13 ERA.

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