Saturday, September 05, 2009

Tejeda steps up, bullpen gives up another one

Game Date: September 4, 2009
Los Angeles @ Kansas City
Angels 2, Royals 1 / Box Score
WP: Weaver (14-5), LP: Wright (1-5), SV: Fuentes (38)
KC Home Runs: None
Royals Record: 51-83 / Record in September 1-2

Hats off to Robinson Tejeda for stepping up and pitching so well in a spot start yesterday. Five and a third shutout innings (he only gave up one hit) from Tejeda was more than anybody could have hoped for after Gil Meche wasn’t able to start due to a tired shoulder. Unfortunately Jamey Wright undone Tejeda’s performance by walking two guys in the eight inning, both of whom came around to score the tying and winning run later in the inning. That’s the story of the Royals bullpen this season.

In addition to Meche’s shoulder issues, Brian Bannister is also having shoulder problems. Kyle Farnsworth had a back problem yesterday. And John Bale injured his right hamstring. Not surprisingly, Joakim Soria has a sore shoulder—but it’s nothing to worry about according to Trey Hillman. Somebody better tell the Omaha Royals bullpen that their season probably won’t end tomorrow afternoon at Round Rock.

Yesterday, we got the sad news that Buddy Blattner died. I never had a chance to listen to him call Royals games on the radio, but I’ve heard Denny Matthews tell stories about him over the years, including how much he helped Matthews early in his broadcasting career. So, even if you are like me, without any recollection Blattner’s days behind the microphone in Kansas City, we owe him big time.

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