Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Game 101: Detroit @ Kansas City

Game Date: July 22, 2008
Tigers 7, Royals 1 / Box Score
WP: Rogers (8-6), LP: Davies (3-2)
Royal Home Runs: None
Royals Record: 45-56

Kenny Rogers beat the Royals again. He gave up just four hits in the process—three of which came off the bat of Mark Grudzielanek, who is now 15-for-23 against the Gambler in his career. Rogers says that the next time he faces Grud, he's going to throw him a knuckleball. I bet he's only half joking.

Kyle Davies was only able to give the Royals four innings. He struggled with his command and ended up throwing 96 pitches. So, the bullpen was stretched even further. Joel Peralta pitched three innings and Robinson Tejeda pitched two. The Royals hope to give the pen a break this afternoon by giving Zack Greinke the start. The Royals website is saying that Greinke has been "tapped to go long and relieve KC's relievers."

Not much to talk about at the plate for the Royals in this one. They managed just six hits. Grud drove in the Royals only run, in the first inning. Esteban German had a couple of hits. Mike Aviles had one hit, pushing his hitting streak to twelve games.

The game was delayed by two hours and nineteen minutes because of rain. That had to be fun to sit through.

The Royals will look to salvage the final game of the series this afternoon. Zack Greinke (7-6, 3.90) will go up against Armando Galarraga (7-4, 3.41). Greinke is 7-3 in his career against the Tigers with a 3.14 ERA in 66.0 IP. Galarraga has never faced the Royals.

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