Sunday, May 04, 2008

Game 30: Kansas City @ Cleveland

Game Date: May 4, 2008
Royals 2, Indians 0 / Box Score
WP: Meche (2-4), LP: Laffey (0-2), SV: Soria (8)
Royal Home Runs: Olivo (4)
Royals Record: 14-16

Finally. Gil Meche had all of his pitches working and he kept an already listless Cleveland offense off balance all day long. He gave up just four hits and no runs in seven strong innings. He didn't walk anybody, he stuck out four, and for him, he kept his pitch count down (110 pitches in seven innings). He also dropped his ERA to 5.98--hardly anything to brag about, but how much better does it look than it was before the game (7.22)?

It looked like the Royals might win this one 1-0 on a throwing error in the fifth inning that allowed Miguel Olivo to score from third, but Olivo hit a solo home run in the top of the ninth to give Joakim Soria a little breathing room. He didn't need it. Soria threw another scoreless inning to nail down the save and the Royals moved into third place in the AL Central.

The Royals will open a new series against the Angels tomorrow night in Kansas City. Brett Tomko (1-3, 6.26) will go up against Ervin Santana (5-0, 2.48). Tomko is 0-1 against the Angels in his career with a 5.18 ERA. Santana is 1-2 against the Royals with a 6.04 ERA.

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