Monday, September 22, 2008

Game 155: Chicago @ Kansas City

Game Date: September 20, 2008
Royals 5, White Sox 2 / Box Score
WP: Davies (8-7), LP: Floyd (16-8), SV: Soria (41)
Royal Home Runs: Gordon (15), DeJesus (12), Ka'aihue (1)
Royals Record: 70-85

There was a time in August when I didn't think the 70-win mark was attainable for the Royals, but behind a solid effort from Kyle Davies, they've reached it.

Davies won his eighth game of the season and has established himself in the rotation. He described his recent approach after the game:

"It's the tempo and the mindset on the mound that has changed the whole thing," Davies said. "It's not about trying to hit corners. It's about getting my best stuff to home plate and let's see what happens."

So far, good things are happening.

Throw in three home runs and five runs of support and that was plenty for Davies in this one.

John Bale had another good outing, throwing a scoreless inning and lowering his ERA to 4.74. Joakim Soria picked up his 41st save of the season and lowered his ERA to 1.63.

Alex Gordon hit his 15th home run of the season. Most fans probably hoped for more from his this season and their hopes really haven't been fulfilled. Gordon is hitting low in a batting order that doesn't have a lot of punch to begin with and he isn't hitting for average or power. He's hitting just .258 with 55 RBI. And it sounds like he isn't a lock at third next year. The Royals have finally noticed that Mark Teahen may deserve to be playing there instead. Hopefully Hillman will move Gordon to first base next year.

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