Thursday, May 21, 2009

Royals Pen Loses Lead

Game Date: May 21, 2009
Cleveland @ Kansas City
Indians 8, Royals 3 / Box Score
WP: Pavano (4-4), LP: Ramirez (0-2)
KC Home Runs: None
Royals Record: 21-20 / Record in May 9-10

Carl Pavano is convinced that the Indians wore Zack Greinke out, which is a tad bit odd given the fact that Greinke left the game after six innings with a 3-2 lead.

Here’s what Pavano said:

“We faced a pitcher who’s at the top of his game every time out and we wore him out, I think," said Pavano. “It looked like he was kind of laboring and we got him out of there and were able to get to the bullpen.”

In spite of Pavano’s comments, the truth is the bullpen gave this one away. Horacio Ramirez gave up two runs and Juan Cruz gave up four. I have no idea why Hillman continues to give the ball to Cruz in non-save situations since he’s the primary closer while Joakim Soria is on the shelf, but he does.

Greinke’s ERA rose to a miniscule 0.82.

For the record, Pavano’s is 6.10.

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