Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Game 150: Seattle @ Kansas City

Game Date: September 15, 2008
Royals 3, Mariners 0 / Box Score
WP: Davies (7-7), LP: Silva (4-15), SV: Soria (38)
Royal Home Runs: None
Royals Record: 66-84

Will the real Kyle Davies please stand up?

Remember Kyle Davis' fast start when he first came up from Omaha? He went 2-1 with a 3.62 ERA in June. Then he hit a wall. In July his ERA was 5.61 and in August it was 5.79. Then September rolled around and after his outstanding performance last night, he's 2-1 with a 2.47 ERA for the month.

If you read this article, his turnaround is a result of a change in attitude after his birthday last week. He said that he needed to stop pitching like a 33- or 34-year-old and pitch more like a guy his age (25) should--aggressively. He certainly was aggressive last night. He threw 98 pitches over eight scoreless innings and 66 of them were strikes.

The Mariners's pitching staff didn't give up much either. Mike Aviles scored the first run of the game for the Royals in the first inning on a wild pitch. In the fourth inning, Mark Teahen hit a 2-1 pitch into center field for a RBI single. And David DeJesus drove in the final run in the seventh inning.

Four Royals had two or more hits. Mike Aviles was 2-for-4. Jose Guillen was 2-for-4. Ryan Shealy was 2-for-4. And Teahen was 3-for-4 with an RBI.

The Royals have won four games in a row and improved their record in September to 9-5.

Tonight, it'll be the Battle of the Brandon when Brandon Duckworth (2-1, 5.85) goes up against Brandon Morrow (2-3, 1.64). Duckworth is 0-1 in his career against the Mariners with a 4.35 ERA in 10.1 IP. Morrow is 1-2 against the Royals with a 5.06 ERA in 5.1 IP.

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