Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Greinke Returns To The K

The day I've been dreading since December 2010 arrived last night, and honestly, it went about as well as possible. Zack Greinke pitched great (7 IP, 1 R, 8 SO) but took neither the win or loss as KC pulled out the 2-1 victory. I wanted him to do well but of course I didn't want him to win. Luckily he was awarded the same sort of run support he received while a Royal.
  • Luis Mendoza - doing his best Philip Humber impersonation - took a no hitter into the 7th inning where he lost it when Ryan Braun hit a little league triple (infield single, two throwing errors). As Craig Brown noted, Mendoza's games score of 68 was the second best of his career. Mendoza was pulled after walking Aramis Ramirez (kudos to Yost for making that move) and finished the night allowing only the 1 hit, 2 walks and a run. I have zero confidence in Mendoza, and his spot on the roster says an awful lot about Dayton Moore, but for one night he was pretty doggone good.
  • Alex Gordon and Billy Butler provided all the offense, more or less. A1 homered and doubled and scored both runs. Country Breakfast drove in the game winning run with a clutch single in the bottom of the 8th inning. (This came after a sacrifice bunt by Chris Getz, which I was totally cool with. I've seen Getz ground out to the pitcher too many times in my life. You all know how I feel about intentional outs but they bother me less when Getz is the one squaring up.) I mentioned on twitter that last night's runs were courtesy of Allard Baird, so you know, thank you Allard.
  • Jonathan Broxton was Jonathan Broxton, meaning the game didn't end with a 1-2-3 9th. He's retired the side in order in only 4 of his 15 saves. He's certainly been good this year (1.52 ERA) but he's also been lucky. KC has four relievers with a WHIP below 1.10, Broxton is not one of them (1.26). Sadly I expect he'll be the Royals lone All Star game representative which would suck on a couple different levels.
  • Greg Holland got the win and looks to be back to his normal self. Since coming off the DL he has a 0.66 ERA in 13.2 innings while holding the league to a pitiful .119/.269/.119 line

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