Friday, August 14, 2009

The Royals win a series, finally

Game Date: August 13, 2009
Kansas City @ Minnesota
Royals 5, Twins 4 / Box Score
WP: Meche (5-9), LP: Pavano (10-9), SV: Soria (19)
KC Home Runs: Gordon (3)
Royals Record: 45-69 / Record in August 5-7

How about that? A series win in Minnesota. You've got to go back to June to find the last series win for the Royals.

Gil Meche's numbers weren't the greatest. He fell behind too many guys, but it was good to have him back in the rotation. The bullpen was the bullpen—walking guys like crazy, but they didn't let the game slip away, so maybe it wasn't the bullpen we are used to seeing. It looks like Hillman is finally resigned to using Joakim Soria for two innings nearly every time the Royals are in a save situation and I can't blame him. Soria threw 35 pitches, and that's asking a lot from him, but it would be far less taxing if Hillman would stop using him in blowouts. I don't expect that to happen though.

Billy Butler continued his hot streak with two more hits. He's hitting .364 in August with a .400 OBP. Alex Gordon hit his second home run since coming back.

Willie Bloomquist was 1-for-4 with 2 RBI, but have you seen his numbers lately? Yikes. He's hitting just .135 with a .216 OBP in August and he's lost twenty-nine points on his batting average since June 1.

So, now it's on to Detroit. And Zack Greinke is pitching. That's always a good thing.

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