Sunday, September 14, 2008

Game 149: Kansas City @ Cleveland

Game Date: September 14, 2008
Royals 13, Indians 3 / Box Score
WP: Bannister (8-15), LP: Mujica (2-2)
Royal Home Runs: Shealy 2 (4)
Royals Record: 65-84

Brian Bannister finally ripped the monkey off his back and got a win for the first time since June 23.

And the Royals offense continued to score tons of runs. They scored thirteen times on seventeen hits and when you look at the box score, it hardly seems real, given how poor we've been at the plate this season.

Ryan Shealy hit two more home runs and ended the day going 3-for-5 with five RBI. If he keeps hitting them at this pace, he may make a run at the team lead. Yeah, that's a joke, also contains an element of truth.

Mike Aviles was 3-for-5. Alberto Callaspo was 2-for-3 with 2 RBI. Jose Guillen was 2-for-5 with 3 RBI. Alex Gordon (who returned to the lineup this afternoon) was 2-for-5. And Esteban German was 2-for-5.

Where has all this offense been all season?

The bullpen was good again. John Bale threw another scoreless inning (he hasn't given up a single run since he came off the DL). Jimmy Gobble lowered his ERA under 10.00 for the first time since July. Even Yasuhiko Yabuta got in on the act and threw a scoreless inning.

The Royals are now 8-5 in September. Maybe we will finally end the season on a good note.

Tomorrow, the Royals begin a new series at home against Seattle. Kyle Davies (6-7, 4.70) will go up against Carlos Silva (4-14, 6.53). Davies is 0-0 in his career against the Mariners with a 3.86 ERA in 7.0 IP. Silva is 5-3 against the Royals with a 4.15 ERA in 78.0 IP.

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