Friday, August 10, 2007

Royals Win Series Against Twins

Game Date: August 9, 2007
Royals 1, Twins 0 / Box Score
WP: Davies (1-0), LP: Garza (1-3), SV: Soria (12)
Royal Home Runs: None
Royals Record: 50-63

So that's the Kyle Davies that Dayton Moore was thinking about when he traded for him. We'll take it. The Twins' offense doesn't exactly strike fear in opposing pitchers (they've actually scored fewer runs than we have this season), but Davies was outstanding against them last night, going 6.2 innings without giving up any earned runs. At one point he retired 14 Twins in a row.

The Royals only run came in the third inning when Tony Pena led off with a double. Joey Gathright got him to third with a sacrifice bunt. And Jason LaRue got him home on a sacrifice fly. It's nice to see guys making productive outs.

The bullpen was outstanding again. The combination of Zack Greinke, Jimmy Gobble, and Joakim Soria completed the shut out. Royals' pitchers only gave up four hits and they had seven strikeouts.

The Star pointed out that this was Buddy Bell's 500th career victory, and of course, it was our 50th victory this season. The Royals didn't win their 50th game last season until September 1 in a game against the White Sox. That seems like ions ago. Runelvys Hernandez got the win and Joe Nelson got the save in that game. And Mark Teahen hit a three-run home run, which turned out to be his 18th and final home run of the season.

The Royals begin a new series tonight at home against the Blue Jays. Gil Meche (7-9, 3.96) will go up against Shaun Marcum (8-4, 3.63). Meche is 4-3 in his career against the Blue Jays with a 5.29 ERA. Marcum is 1-0 against the Royals with a 0.75 ERA.

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