Game Date: June 10, 2009
Kansas City @ Cleveland
Royals 9, Indians 0 / Box Score
WP: Meche (3-5), LP: Pavano (6-5)
KC Home Runs: Guillen (7), Olivo (7), Callaspo (3)
Royals Record: 25-33 / Record in June 2-6
Back on May 21, the Indians beat the Royals 8-3 in Kansas City. Carl Pavano was on the mount that day and after the game he said this about his opponent, Zack Greinke (who, oddly enough, left the game with a 3-2 lead): “We faced a pitcher who’s at the top of his game every time out and we wore him out, I think. It looked like he was kind of laboring and we got him out of there and were able to get to the bullpen.”
So, in the spirit of Pavano, I think it’s safe to say that the Royals more than wore out Pavano tonight. They hammered him for nine runs in 4.2 innings and were able to get into the bullpen by the fifth inning. I hope somebody reminds him of what he said back in Kansas City.
Gil Meche was outstanding tonight (no earned runs in seven innings; 11 strikeouts). While he was doing his thing, the Royals played long ball, hitting three home runs, include a grand slam by Alberto Callaspo. What in the world got into the offense tonight? Pavano looked off, that might have been part of it. But the Royals didn’t miss many pitches.
The win puts the Royals back in front of the Indians in the AL Central by a half a game. Now let’s hope they can win the series tomorrow when Zack Greinke (8-2, 1.55) goes up against Jeremy Sowers (1-3, 5.40). Greinke is 5-8 in his career against the Indians with a 3.74 ERA in 86.2 IP. Sowers is 2-1 against the Royals with a 3.43 ERA in 21.0 IP.