Friday, May 22, 2009

You Know You Are Struggling When...

Game Date: May 22, 2009
Kansas City @ St. Louis
Cardinals 5, Royals 0 / Box Score
WP: Wellemeyer (4-4), LP: Davies (2-3)
KC Home Runs: None
Royals Record: 21-21 / Record in May 9-11

How do you know when your offense is sputtering? When Todd Wellemeyer, with an ERA over 5.00, shuts you down.

Sure the ball that Mark Teahen roped down the left field line in the sixth inning that bounced over the six inch high wall for a ground rule double might have cost the Royals a run. But, it’s Todd Wellemeyer. Come on.

In this seventh inning the Royals finally got something going. With the Cardinals up 2-0, the Royals had guys on second and third base with one out. Hillman pinch hit for Aviles (good move), but Bloomquist struck out. Not getting the guy home from third with less than two outs is not acceptable and Royals hitters allow it to happen way too often. Unfortunately, Butler couldn’t pick up Bloomquist. He struck out too.

The Royals were still in the game though until the bullpen, in this case Horacio Ramirez, gave up more runs and put it out of reach.

And so now the Royals are dead even at .500. How will they respond?

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