Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Game 65: Texas @ Kansas City

Game Date: June 10, 2008
Rangers 6, Royals 5 / Box Score
WP: Guardado (1-1), LP: Yabuta (1-1), SV: Wilson (12)
Royal Home Runs: Gordon (6)
Royals Record: 25-40

When you've got guys playing out of position, games like this one are going to happen. The Royals were on cruise control in the eighth inning, up 5-1, when Mark Teahen dropped a throw at first base with two outs in the inning. The Rangers scored four runs after that and just for good measure, they scored again on a passed ball by John Buck in the ninth to win the game.

In fairness to Teahen, this was his first error at first base in 12 games over there. I'm not in favor of playing Ross Gload there instead. But, as I've said before, I wouldn't mind seeing Alex Gordon play first base so we could put Teahen back at third. Gordon is an excellent first baseman and I don't think anybody had any issues with Teahen when he was playing third.

The losing appears to be getting to Trey Hillman, who has not been tossed out of a Major League game until last night when he argued with the home plate umpire after he didn't like a called strike. I'm guessing it had more to do with letting yet another game slip away. Although, the Royals really have seen some poor umpiring over the past 10 days or so.

The crazy thing about this game is, the Rangers had three errors and they were out-hit 13-9, but they won anyway. Sometimes that's how this crazy game works. Let's hope that the Royals get a few given to them in the same manor.

Tonight, Kyle Davies (2-0, 1.54) will go up against Vicente Padilla (7-3, 3.73). Davies is 0-3 in his career against the Rangers with an 8.03 ERA in 12.1 IP. Padilla is 1-1 against the Royals with a 4.30 ERA in 14.2 IP.

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