Thursday, May 21, 2009

Royals Fall a Run Short in Comeback

Game Date: May 20, 2009
Cleveland @ Kansas City
Indians 6, Royals 5 / Box Score
WP: Laffey (3-0), LP: Ponson (1-5), SV: Wood (6)
KC Home Runs: None
Royals Record: 21-19 / Record in May 9-9

Who among us didn’t think we were going to see a repeat of last night—especially after Kerry Wood came into the game in the bottom of the ninth with a one run lead? He almost gave us two come from behind victories in a row, but it wasn’t meant to be.

The Royals shouldn’t even have been behind late in the game, but Aviles dropped the ball while trying to turn two in the seventh and the tying run scored. It’s easy to kick a guy while he’s down, but Aviles just doesn’t look like Major League material right now. The injury probably has a lot to do with it, but by keeping him on the active roster, he’s hurting the team. I’m thinking that a 15-day trip to the DL might do him a world of good.

Enough of that.

I’m still scratching my head over Hillman’s decision to allow Mike Aviles to hit in the bottom of the eighth inning with two guys on base and only one out. Why not pull him in favor of Miguel Olivo or Willie Bloomquist? Aviles has been atrocious at the plate this season, but you know that already. I told a friend who was watching the game with me that Aviles would strike out. He did.

I was disappointed in Mark Teahen’s at bat in the ninth. He had bases loaded with one out and the Royals were down just one run. Kerry Wood was wild as all get out, as evidenced by the fact that he walked the bases loaded. But for some reason, Teahen swung at the first pitch he saw from Wood and he missed it, giving Wood the advantage. Teahen ended up striking out. DeJesus followed suit and the game was over.

Thankfully, tomorrow is Zack Greinke Day.

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