Game Date: September 10, 2009
Detroit @ Kansas City
Royals 7, Tigers 4 / Box Score
WP: Colon (2-3), LP: Miner (6-5), SV: Rosa (1)
KC Home Runs: Callaspo (9), Gordon (4)
Royals Record: 55-85 / Record in September 5-4
The Royals pitching staff needed a boost from Omaha with Gil Meche and Brian Bannister on the shelf and with the bullpen being downright hard to watch at times. They got what they needed this afternoon from five pitchers from Omaha.
Lenny Dinardo was about what I expected he would be: good enough. He gave up two earned runs in five innings. He walked three guys, which isn’t like him, but he left the game was 3-2 lead and you can’t ask for much more than that from someone who the Royals have largely ignored this season while putting up good numbers in Omaha.
Yasuhiko Yabuta was about what I expected as well: not good enough. He gave up two earned runs in just a third of an inning and now has a 12.71 ERA. Yikes. Thankfully, the Royals are just about finished with his contract. They hold a $4 million option for next season or they can buy it out for $500,000. If Dayton Moore wants peace in Kansas City this winter, he’d be wise to buy it out.
Roman Colon, Dusty Hughes, and Carlos Rosa shut the Tigers down over the final 3.2 innings.
Offensively, the Royals got plenty of production. Four guys had two hits: Bloomquist, Butler, Maier, and Betancourt. Callaspo and Gordon went deep. And the Royals just swept the first place team in the division. Who knows how or why. I say just enjoy it while it lasts.