Saturday, September 13, 2008

Game 146: Kansas City @ Cleveland

Game Date: September 12, 2008 
Indians 12, Royals 5 / Box Score
WP: Lee (22-2), LP: Meche (11-11) 
Royal Home Runs: Guillen 2 (20)
Royals Record: 62-84

Cliff Lee did it again. He beat the Royals last night for the fifth time in 2008, which means that 22.7% of his wins this season have come against us. Of course, the Royals are in his division, so he's going to match up against us more often, but still, to win five games against one club in one season is phenomenal.

You might be surprised to find out that Lee isn't the first guy to do it against the Royals though. Dick Kaegel says that Wilbur Wood (White Sox) went 5-0 against the Royals in 1971 and Nolan Ryan (Angels) went 5-1 against us in 1974.

Gil Meche, on the other hand, got knocked around last night. He gave up six earned runs on ten hits in five innings. Kip Wells was even worse. He gave up three earned runs in a third of an inning.

Jose Guillen hit two home runs (one to center and one to right), but the Royals weren't a threat after the Indians scored four runs in the fifth inning to give them a 6-1 lead.

The Royals will play a day-night double header today.

In the first game, Zack Greinke (10-10, 3.70) will go up against Fausto Carmona (8-6, 4.88). Greinke is 3-8 in his career against the Indians with a 4.00 ERA in 69.2 IP. Carmona is 4-0 against the Royals with a 3.46 ERA in 41.2 IP.

In the second game, Robinson Tejeda (1-2, 4.19) will go up against Bryan Bullington who has not pitched at the Major League level this season. Tejeda is 0-1 in his career against the Indians with a 3.86 ERA in 9.1 IP. Bullington has never faced the Royals.

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