Friday, September 19, 2008

Game 153: Seattle @ Kansas City

Game Date: September 18, 2008
Royals 12, Mariners 0 / Box Score
WP: Greinke (12-10), LP: Feierabend (1-4)
Royal Home Runs: Aviles (8)
Royals Record: 69-84

The Royals seventh win in a row yesterday afternoon puts them one win away from winning more games this year than last. With nine games to go in the season, let's hope they can continue their winning ways so can reach the mid-70s. Mark Teahen is certainly hoping that this winning streak will be the turning point for the team. Here's what he said after the game:

"We've been saying all year that it's important to take a step in the right direction. Hopefully, this little streak puts us in position to look back on this year as a step in the right direction."

Zack Greinke was nearly unhittable yesterday. He gave up just two hits and one walk in seven scoreless innings. After the game, he talked about why he was successful:

"One thing that hurt them is it looked like they were trying to be patient early in the game, and my goal was to attack them," he said. "And they were taking pitches they should have been swinging at."

While Zack was busy mowing down the opposition, the Royals' offense was busy pounding out twelve runs on thirteen hits. Mike Aviles had the big blow--a three-run home run in the third inning. Mark Teahen was 3-for-3 with an RBI. Alex Gordon was 1-for-3 with 2 RBI and 2 BB. And Mitch Maier was 2-for-4 with 2 RBI.

Tonight, life gets a little tougher for the Royals as they begin a three game series at home (the last home stand of the season) against the White Sox. Brian Bannister (8-15, 5.77) will go up against Mark Buehrle (13-11, 3.85). Bannister is 2-2 in his career against the White Sox with a 7.03 ERA in 39.2 IP. Buehrle is 18-8 against the Royals with a 3.45 ERA in 240.0 IP.

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