Monday, September 08, 2008

Game 141: Cleveland @ Kansas City

Game Date: September 6, 2008
Royals 3, Indians 1 / Box Score
WP: Meche (11-10), LP: Jackson (0-2), SV: Soria (35) 
Royal Home Runs: None
Royals Record: 61-80

Gil Meche dominated the Indians in this one. He gave up just one earned run on three hits and two walks, while striking out ten. He lowered his ERA to 3.96, which is the lowest it has been all season. And he won for the first time since August 10--although you can hardly blame him for that. He's had several outstanding outings since then, but the Royals could never close the deal for him.

The Royals didn't give Meche much run support, but they gave him enough. In the second inning, with two outs, Esteban German singled in a run and David DeJesus followed him with another single that drove in two runs. That was all Meche needed.

Ramon Ramirez and Joakim Soria shut down the Indians over the final two innings. Soria picked up his 35th save of the season. Unfortunately, he's probably not going to get a chance to make a run at the Royals season record (45) though. In fact, you have to wonder if the Royals will even win ten more games this season.

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