Friday, March 14, 2008

ST Game #15

Game Date: March 13, 2008
Royals 6, Angels 5 / Box Score
Royals Spring Training Record: 9-6

The Royals won their fourth straight game yesterday and some of their wins are happening for reasons most people probably wouldn't have suspected going in to Spring Training. Yesterday, Damon Hollins continued his hot stretch, going 2-for-3 with a home run and two RBI. If I were a fourth or fifth outfielder for the Royals, I'd be looking over my shoulder right now. Hollins' age (33) is working against him, but if he can still produce, then who knows what might happen.

The Royals took the lead yesterday when Matt Tupman successfully put down a squeeze bunt to get Ross Gload home. The team's number three catcher laying down a squeeze bunt? That's apparently going to be the Hillman way. Here's what he said after the game: "We're just going to work on some things we might have to do during the season and do whatever we need to do. Coming in I wanted to diversify and be a little unpredictable and that was pretty unpredictable. Hopefully, we can make people a little bit nervous at unpredictability before the season. When we have opportunities to do something, we'll try to do something."

Jorge De La Rosa was adequate yesterday, giving up two earned runs on four hits and three walks runs in four innings. He reportedly had better command of his fastball and he threw more cutters than he has in his previous outings this spring. Hillman said it was the best that De La Rosa has thrown to this point. Mike Maroth ended up getting the win, even though he gave up one run (a home run) in an inning of relief work. Joel Peralta pitched a scoreless inning.

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