Saturday, June 07, 2008

Game 61: Kansas City @ New York

Game Date: June 6, 2008
Royals 2, Yankees 1 / Box Score
WP: Davies (2-0), LP: Rasner (3-3), SV: Soria (13)
Royal Home Runs: None
Royals Record: 24-37

This is a crazy game sometimes, isn't it? No indicator in the world pointed to a Royals win in New York last night, but yet it happened. And I can't think of a sweeter place to pull off a road win.

Kyle Davies had a large part to do with this win, but so did Mike Aviles, who finally got to play at shortstop. We've been hearing for the past few weeks that Tony Pena's bat doesn't mean all that much one way or another and if the rest of the offense could just get on track, we could accept a sub-.200 hitter on the everyday roster. Ironically, a Mike Aviles double in the fifth inning eventually led to the first run of the game. And how solid did he look at short?

And what about Davies? First he stops the 12-game losing streak, against C.C. Sabathia no less, and now he trots into Yankee Stadium and shuts down the evil Yankees. Now if we could just get the rest of the rotation back on track we might start winning a few more.

Ron Mahay and Joakim Soria did a nice job to close out the game and for just the second time in the last six years, the Royals got a win in Yankee Stadium. Don't forget that they won two out of three against the evil Yankees earlier this season in Kansas City, so the Royals lead the season series three games to one.

This afternoon, Brian Bannister (5-6, 4.60) will go up against Andy Pettitte (5-5, 4.21). Bannister is 1-1 in his career against the evil Yankees with an 8.10 ERA in 10.0 IP. Pettitte is 12-3 against the Royals with a 3.06 ERA in 126.2 IP.

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