Monday, September 08, 2008

Game 142: Cleveland @ Kansas City

Game Date: September 7, 2008
Indians 3, Royals 1 / Box Score
WP: Lee (21-2), LP: Greinke (10-10), SV: Lewis (8) 
Royal Home Runs: None
Royals Record: 61-81

If ever a starting pitcher owned us, it's Cliff Lee. He beat us for the fourth straight time this season yesterday. Of course, he's only lost twice this season, so he's been tough on every team, but still.

Zack Greinke wasn't bad (3 ER, 5 H, 2 BB, 8 K, in 6.0 IP). He just wasn't as good as Lee. And don't look now, but the Royals are probably going to have have face Lee again next Friday night in Cleveland.

Here's a trivia question for you: Without looking it up, can you tell me how long it has been since the Royals have hit a home run? I'm guessing you can't. I couldn't do it either. Turns out, you have to go back to last Tuesday when Billy Butler and Ryan Shealy did it. Yikes.

The Royals are off today. They open a new series in Minnesota on Tuesday night. Brian Bannister (7-14, 5.56) is scheduled to go up against Nick Blackburn (9-8, 3.71). Bannister is 3-0 in his career against the Twins with a 2.00 ERA in 36.0 IP. Blackburn is 0-0 against the Royals with a 1.64 ERA in 11.0 IP.

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