Sunday, September 14, 2008

Game 147: Kansas City @ Cleveland

Game Date: September 13, 2008
Royals 8, Indians 3 / Box Score
WP: Greinke (11-10), LP: Carmona (8-7)
Royal Home Runs: None
Royals Record: 63-84

Zack Greinke picked up his eleventh win of the season in Game One of the day-night double-header against the Indians yesterday. And in true Greinke-like fashion, he was honest afterward about how he felt going into the game in Cleveland (a place he hasn't pitched well in in the past).

"Like the White Sox, I'm nervous when I'm facing them, but the Indians, I'm not," Greinke said. "Even if they have hit me good, I feel confident every time."

If you didn't follow Greinke's career, you'd think this would be bulletin board material for his next encounter against them. But if you do follow his career, then you know he wasn't being cocky (he was just 1-5 against the Indians in Cleveland in the past). He was just telling you how he genuinely felt without any disrespect to the Indians. Not many other guys could pull that off.

The Indians struck first in this one, scoring a run in the first inning, but the Royals answered in the third when Mike Aviles singled in a run to tie the game 1-1, and then Mark Teahen singled in a run later in the inning to give the Royals a 2-1 lead. The Indians tied the game in the fifth, but again, the Royals responded. In the sixth inning, Ross Gload singled in Billy Butler and Alberto Callaspo singled in Teahen to make it 4-2. The Royals scored four more runs in the seventh and knocked Fausto Carmona out of the game.

Mitch Maier made his return to the lineup and got the start in center. I'll be interested to see how he performs over the final couple of weeks of the season. He was 1-for-4 last night.

Greinke lasted six innings. John Bale and Leo Nunez pitched well in relief over the final three innings, giving up no hits, walks, or runs.

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