Saturday, May 31, 2008

Game 56: Cleveland @ Kansas City

Game Date: May 31, 2008
Royals 4, Indians 2 / Box Score
WP: Davies (1-0), LP: Sabathia (3-7) SV: Soria (12) 
Royal Home Runs: DeJesus (4)
Royals Record: 22-34

Kyle Davies didn't look like a stopper tonight, but he was good enough to finally put an end to the losing streak. He threw 100 pitches in just five innings, but he limited the Indians to just one earned run, and it's hard to ask for more than that from your number five guy--especially since his last start was in Omaha.

David DeJesus had a big night at the plate, hitting a solo home run in the third to tie the game 1-1, and an RBI double down the left field line in the fifth inning. Joey Gathright had a nice AB in the fifth inning with the game tied and runners on second and third with one out. The Indians were conceding a run if Gathright could hit a ground ball to second or short and he was able to hit one to short to drive in Teahen to give the Royals a 2-1 lead.

With Ramon Ramirez unavailable since he pitched two innings last night and with Leo Nunez on the DL, Trey Hillman decided to use Joakim Soria for the final two innings to try to preserve the Royals' 4-1 lead. Things got a little dicey when Gathright lost a ball in the lights and it dropped in. But in the end Soria, pitched out of trouble in the eight and slammed the door in the ninth.

It was nice to see nearly 24,000 people at the ballpark for John Mayberry Bobblehead night. Now let's hope the Royals can get another W tomorrow afternoon.

Brian Bannister (4-6, 4.97) will go up against Paul Byrd (2-4, 4.10). Bannister is 1-1 in his career against the Indians with a 1.37 ERA in 19.2 IP. Byrd is 1-4 against the Royals with a 5.20 ERA in 53.2 IP.

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