Sunday, September 14, 2008

Game 148: Kansas City @ Cleveland

Game Date: September 13, 2008
Royals 8, Indians 4 / Box Score
WP: Tejeda (2-2), LP: Bullington (0-1), SV: Soria (37)
Royal Home Runs: Shealy (2), Teahen 2 (14)
Royals Record: 64-84

What's this? Extra base hits for the Royals?

Ryan Shealy gave the Royals an early lead in the second inning of Game Two when he belted a home run to right field. Mark Teahen hit a home run to center in the fourth inning. Alberto Callaspo tripled to right in the fourth. And Teahen hit another home run (this time to right) in the fifth inning.

After the dust settled, Robinson Tejeda found himself on the winning side of a 6-1 lead after five innings. He was working on an 80-pitch limit and he made the most out of it. He got through the fifth inning, giving up just one earned run on two hits a three walks.

Ron Mahay took over from there and gave up an earned run over the next two innings. After a scoreless inning from Ramon Ramirez, Devon Lowery struggled, giving up two runs on four hits, but Joakim Soria came to the rescue and picked up his thirty-seventh save of the year.

Ryan Shealy had a huge game at the plate, going 4-for-5 with 2 RBI and the aforementioned home run. Wouldn't you just love to see what this guy could do if he could ever stay healthy? Miguel Olivo was 3-for-5 with 3 RBI. Alberto Callaspo was 2-for-5 with an RBI. And David DeJesus was 2-for-3 with a walk.

With the sweep of the double-header, the Royals are on pace to win 70 games. Unfortunately, that's just not enough improvement over last season. Let's hope they find a way to win 70 anyway.

This afternoon, Brian Bannister (7-15, 5.81) will go up against Jeremy Sowers (3-8, 5.60). Bannister is 2-1 in his career against the Indians with a 1.33 ERA in 27.0 IP. Sowers is 2-1 against the Royals with a 2.50 ERA in 18.0 IP.

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