Thursday, June 04, 2009

Upton Blast Gives Rays the Sweep

Game Date: June 4, 2009
Kansas City @ Tampa Bay
Rays 3, Royals 2 / Box Score
WP: Shields (5-4), LP: Wright (0-2), SV: Howell (2)
KC Home Runs: None
Royals Record: 23-30 / Record in June 0-3

Gil Meche did all he could to keep the Royals in the game. His stuff wasn’t good. His location was worse. But he kept figuring out ways to get guys out. But after he left the game with a 2-1 lead in the seventh inning, you just had a feeling that the bullpen was going to lose the game. If you didn’t have that feeling, I did. Of course, I have that feeling nearly every time Hillman calls on them right now.

This time it was Jamey Wright who gave up the lead. I don’t blame Hillman. He has no choice but to go to the pen late, but leaving Soria out of the equation, Kyle Farnsworth has the best ERA of the remaining guys who aren’t hurt, and he’s still filling a mop up role. I don’t like it, but maybe he’s earned the right to get the ball in the seventh inning when the Royals have a slim lead. I know, I know, the Royals aren’t getting many leads lately. But still.

The Royals begin a new series in Toronto. And it’ll be Zack Greinke Day, so that’s something to look forward to. Greinke (8-1, 1.10) will go up against Ricky Romero (2-2, 4.15). Greinke is 2-3 against the Blue Jays in his career with a 4.66 ERA in 38.2 IP. Romero has never faced the Royals.

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