Thursday, May 01, 2008

Game 28: Kansas City @ Texas

Game Date: May 1, 2008
Rangers 2, Royals 1 / Box Score
WP: Ponson (1-0), LP: Greinke (3-1), SV: Wilson (6)
Royal Home Runs: None
Royals Record: 12-16

This series became even more strange this afternoon. We finally got a pitcher's duel, but Sidney Ponson out-pitched Zack Greinke. Greinke gave up two earned runs (both solo home runs) on four hits and no walks in seven innings. He also struck out nine. But he lost. Ponson gave up just one earned run in eight innings.

Trey Hillman put David DeJesus in the three hole again, which seems a little odd given the type of hitter that he is, but it's hard to argue with his average (.354) and the fact that he seems to be responding in the third spot. Last night he hit a home run there and today he was 2-for-3. Alex Gordon doesn't appear to be ready to hit that high in the order yet and Mark Teahen is currently hitting .269 and he's only driven in seven runs so far. He went one stretch of 12 straight games without driving in a run. So DeJesus seems like an viable option, especially when Joey Gathright is in the lineup, but I'd rather see Billy Butler hitting there.

Tomorrow night in Cleveland, Luke Hochevar (1-1, 5.91) will go up against C.C. Sabathia (1-4, 7.88). Hochevar is 0-1 in his career against the Indians with a 6.00 ERA. Sabathia is 14-8 against the Royals with a 3.27 ERA.

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