Thursday, June 19, 2008

Game 72: Kansas City @ St. Louis

Game Date: June 18, 2008 
Royals 3, Cardinals 2 / Box Score
WP: Bannister (6-6), LP: McClellan (0-2), SV: Soria (17) 
Royal Home Runs: DeJesus (8), Gordon (8)
Royals Record: 30-42

Another solid pitching performance, this time from Brian Bannister, two more home runs from the Royals offense, and two great defensive plays by Jose Guillen led to another Royals victory--their fifth in the last six games and their fourth in a row.

Nice to see Banny even his record at 6-6 and get his ERA under 5.00. And oddly, this was the first time he won a night game this season. And, with the exception of Ramon Ramirez, the bullpen pitched well, not allowing any runs.

Jose Guillen made a nice throw in the sixth inning to get Ryan Ludwick at third base and he made a nice catch in the seventh. Afterward he said he felt like he went 4-for-4 (even though he went 0-for-4) because of the importance of his defensive plays.

No doubt, he's been a huge factor on these team this year, even if his attitude isn't the greatest.

Did you see what Seattle's recently fired GM, Bill Bavasi, said about the Mariners' decision to not exercise their $9 million option on him for this season? Here's the quote from the Star:

"It's really ironic that the person we're missing the most is José Guillen. That is the piece that was here last year is not here this year.

“He could do some strange things, and he did, but at the top of his agenda was to win, and if anybody got in the way of playing the game right, he had no patience with that. That was his boiling point."

He does seem to care about winning, but the contradiction lies in his lack of hustle in a game or two earlier this season. Is that part of playing the game right?

This afternoon, the Royals will go for the sweep in St. Louis. Zack Greinke (5-4, 3.48) will go up against Brad Thompson (1-1, 4.58). Greinke is 1-2 against the Cardinals with a 7.04 ERA in 15.1 IP. Thompson is 1-1 with a 5.19 ERA against the Royals in 17.1 IP.

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