Thursday, May 29, 2008

Game 54: Minnesota @ Kansas City

Game Date: May 29, 2008
Twins 5, Royals 1 / Box Score
WP: Slowey (2-4), LP: Hochevar (3-5)
Royal Home Runs: None
Royals Record: 21-33

The Royals offense was stymied once again tonight. This time they made Kevin Slowey look like Cy Young. I'm amazed by how many starting pitchers have went the distance against us during this losing streak--all the while throwing right around 100 pitches. Let's count them, shall we?

Pitcher Date Pitches
1 John Lester May 19 130
2 Roy Halladay May 23 104
3 Jesse Litsch May 24 103
4 Kevin Slowey May 29 101

Nick Blackburn almost did it last night.

The Royals managed just six hits and no walks tonight against Slowey. I just went back and looked and I can't find a single AB all night in which a Royals hitter even got to ball three. The Royals are the anti-Money Ball team if there ever was one.

And can somebody please tell me why Joey Gathright is in the two hole? Does he really handle the bat well enough to be there? Or are we so desperate for runs that Hillman is thinking that Gathright has a better chance than anybody to get a good bunt down in the first inning to move DeJesus into scoring position if he gets on? Surely that can't be it. Maybe with Grud sidelined for a couple of games, Hillman's hands are tied. But I'd much rather see DeJesus hitting second when Grud can't. He handles the bat better.

Luke Hochevar struggled with his command tonight and gave up five earned runs on nine hits and three walks in 5.1 IP. The bullpen did a good job. Ron Mahay, Yasuhiko Yabuta, and Neal Musser kept the Twins off the scoreboard over the final 3.2 innings. But the five runs that the Twins scored earlier was more than enough.

After being swept in three successive series, the Royals will open a new series tomorrow night at home against the Indians. Gil Meche (3-7, 5.35) will go up against Cliff Lee (7-1, 1.50) who completely shut the Royals down the last time we faced him. Meche is 3-7 in his career against the Indians with a 5.54 ERA. Lee is 8-4 against the Royals with a 4.81 ERA.

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