Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Bannister Wins Third Straight

Game Date: August 28, 2007
Royals 6, Tigers 3 / Box Score
WP: Bannister (11-7), LP: Robertson (7-11) 
Royal Home Runs: Butler (6)
Royals Record: 58-72

Brian Bannister, Alex Gordon, and Billy Butler. Three rookies who played big roles in the win last night. Bannister wasn't as sharp as we've seen him in the past, but he found a way to battle for six innings, only giving up two runs on eleven hits in the process. Alex Gordon was 1-for-3, but the one was big. It was a bases clearing three-run double in the fourth inning that gave the Royals 3-0 lead in the fourth inning. And with the Royals up 4-1 in the fifth inning, Billy Butler hit a two-run home run to give the Royals a comfortable 6-1 lead and they held on for the win.

Tonight will be an interesting pitching match up. Zack Greinke (5-5, 4.25) will go against Andrew Miller (5-4, 4.97), the guy who the Royals passed on in the draft last year so they could take Luke Hochevar, who is 1-3 with a 6.14 ERA in Omaha right now. He was 3-6 with a 4.69 ERA in Wichita before making the jump to Triple-A. Greinke is 6-3 in his career against the Tigers with a 3.67 ERA. Miller is 0-0 against the Royals with a 9.82 ERA in 3.2 innings of work.

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