Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Royals take it to the Twins

Game Date: August 11, 2009
Kansas City @ Minnesota
Royals 14, Twins 6 / Box Score
WP: Davies (4-8), LP: Blackburn (8-7)
KC Home Runs: Olivo (16)
Royals Record: 44-68 / Record in August 4-6

In a season in which wins are becoming less and less frequent, a 14-6 win feels like somebody flipped the switch on the pressure cooker and let off some of the steam that threatened to blow the lid off the pot. It’s temporary of course, but seeing the guys pound out 18 hits and score 14 times was fun nonetheless.

I thought Miguel Olivo might hit a double in one of his final two at bats and that would have gave him the cycle. But he wasn’t able to pull it off. It’s still hard to believe that George Brett was the last guy to hit for the cycle for the Royals (he did it in 1990).

Yuniesky Betancourt had another good game, going 2-for-4. He’s 7-for-16 over his last four games and he’s having a great August (he’s hitting .333 for the month). But July didn’t work out so well and since coming to the Royals he’s 18-for-85 (.211 average). Let’s hope we see more of the August version of Betancourt from here on out than the July version.

We got all we could have hoped for from Kyle Davies. Well, I guess you would hope that a guy wouldn’t throw 105 pitches in five innings, but beyond that, he did only give up one earned run in five innings. Doug Waechter got shelled for three runs in relief, but thankfully it didn’t matter by then.

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