Monday, September 08, 2008

Game 140: Cleveland @ Kansas City

Game Date: September 5, 2008
Indians 9, Royals 3 / Box Score
WP: Mujica (2-1), LP: Duckworth (2-1) 
Royal Home Runs: None
Royals Record: 60-80

The Indians jumped all over Brandon Duckworth in this one. They scored two runs off of him in the second inning--the fact that he walked three guys in the inning didn't help. Then in the fifth, he gave up three singles to lead off the inning and his day was done. Things didn't get any better when the bullpen took over. Joel Peralta came in and gave up three more singles, allowing three more runs to score. Peralta was removed in favor of Yasuhiko Yabuta who gave up yet another single and run to the first guy he faced and he gave up another run before the inning was over. That made it 8-0 Cleveland after five.

The Royals offense wasn't up to the task. They finally scored in the seventh inning when David DeJesus hit a sacrifice fly deep enough to score Ross Gload. And Jose Guillen doubled in two to make it 8-3 Cleveland, but that was as close as the Royals would get. We finally got to see phenom Kila Ka'aihue (he has a combined 37 home runs at the Double-A and Triple-A level this season) at first base in this one. He picked up his first Major League hit--a single into right field. Unfortunately, things didn't go so well in the field for him. He had two balls go off his glove that were ruled singles. Afterward he admitted that he should have made both plays.

So the race for 70 wins is on. At 60-80, the Royals are on pace to win 69 games and nobody wants to see that again.

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