Sunday, June 22, 2008

Game 75: San Francisco @ Kansas City

Game Date: June 21, 2008 
Royals 5, Giants 3 / Box Score
WP: Meche (5-8), LP: Correia (1-5), SV: Soria (19)
Royal Home Runs: Guillen (12)
Royals Record: 32-43

Gil Meche set the tone early. He went right after guys and struck out the first five batters he faced. Then he settled into a nice rhythm that carried him into the sixth inning.

Meanwhile the Royals found a way to put three runs on the board. One came in the first inning on a fielder's choice from Mark Grudzielanek with bases loaded and one out. Jose Guillen had a chance to do some real damage when he came up before Grud with the bases loaded but he fouled out. He redeemed himself later. Mike Aviles singled in two runs in the fourth inning.

Meche gave up two singles in the sixth inning, but had a chance to help himself when he got a comebacker off the bat of Randy Winn. Unfortunately, Meche air-mailed the ball over second base and the Giants scored a run on the play to make it 3-1, Royals. The Giants scored another run during the sixth on a sacrifice fly. But Ron Mahay came in and got the final out to keep the Royals lead intact.

With a one-run lead in the seventh, Alex Gordon walked and Jose Guillen hit a line drive home run over the wall in left center to put the Royals back in front by three runs. Mahay did a good job to keep the Giants from scoring again in the seventh. Ramon Ramirez gave up a run in the eighth, but it wasn't enough for the Giants. And Joakim Soria shut the door on them in the ninth, sitting the Giants down in order.

This afternoon, Kyle Davies (3-0, 1.46) will go up against Tim Lincecum (8-1, 2.21). Davies is 0-0 in his career against the Giants with a 5.40 ERA in 5.0 IP. Lincecum has never faced the Royals. To add to the drama, the Royals passed over Lincecum in the 2006 draft when they chose Luke Hochevar, mostly because they didn't like Lincecum's delivery (thinking he'd eventually have arm problems). He's off to a great start this year, so it'll be interesting to see him pitch today.

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