Saturday, August 09, 2008

Game 117: Minnesota @ Kansas City

Game Date: August 9, 2008
Twins 7, Royals 3 / Box Score
WP: Liriano (2-3), LP: Greinke (9-8)
Royal Home Runs: Olivo (11)
Royals Record: 53-64

This one wasn't on television in the Omaha market so I didn't have a chance to see it, but I listened to some of it on the radio. Unfortunately I tuned in after Greinke was already taken out of the game, but one glance at his line score pretty much says it all (9 H, 5 ER, 3 BB, 5.0 IP).

The Royals left 17 guys on base, so this was the second straight night in which they just couldn't come up with the big hit. Throw in Alex Gordon's error in the sixth inning that led to two runs and you have a recipe for a loss.

That's four straight losses for the Royals and they are now just one game up on Cleveland. Let's hope they can find a way to salvage the final game of the series against the Twins tomorrow.

Gil Meche (10-9, 4.17) will go up against Scott Baker (7-3, 3.86). Meche is 6-5 against the Twins in his career with a 4.66 ERA in 85.0 IP. Baker is 4-2 against the Royals with a 2.98 ERA in 48.1 IP.

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