Sunday, June 28, 2009

Chen Unable to Stop the Pirates

Game Date: June 27, 2009
Kansas City @ Pittsburgh
Pirates 6, Royals 2 / Box Score
WP: Maholm (5-4), Chen (0-1)
KC Home Runs: None
Royals Record: 31-42 / Record in June 8-15

I don’t think anybody envisioned the Royals being 3-8 against NL competition since sweeping the Reds in the middle of the month, but that’s the reality we face going into the game today. So many poorly played games. So many blowouts. It wears on a fan. But yet, we continue to hope that things will change in the next series. Because that’s what we do. We hold out hope.

We still have one more game in this series to play though.

Last night, Bruce Chen didn’t look awful. His missed badly with a change up to Delwyn Young in the fourth inning and Young smashed a three-run home run. You sort of had the sense then that we weren’t going to win this one. But Chen hung in there. He didn’t walk anybody. He made a great defensive play on a bunt. We could do worse at the back end of the rotation.

The bats were relatively silent again. Willie Bloomquist and Billy Butler had two hits each, but the rest of the team only managed three more hits. We only drew one walk—and that was Bruce Chen.

I’m anxious for the Royals to finish off this miserable stretch of games against the NL. I don’t know why though, really. I guess because I’m like any other fan. Things might just turn around with the next series.

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