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Royals stay hot in taking 2 of 3 from Giants

Kansas City saw a huge crowd gather Friday night at the “K” as they kicked off a 3 game weekend series with the San Francisco Giants. The Royals came in red hot off their 3 game sweep of rival St. Louis, and began the game with a flurry. Kansas City Royals hats & merchandiseGiants starter Matt Cain (4-5) gave up 4 quick runs in the first 2 innings to KC, but would not allow any more runs in 8 strong innings pitched. Cain would strike out 8, and get great hitting support from Ray Durham this night (3-3, 3 RBI’s) as the Giants won convincingly in the end. Royals pitching gave up 8 runs in the 4 th, 5 th, and 6 th inning, allowing the Giants to snap their 5 game winning streak. Jose Guillen continued to be a bright spot for the Royals, with 2 RBI’s. Jimmy Gobble continued to struggle in mid-relief, giving up another run, ballooning his ERA to 8.15 leading many fans, myself included, to question why Joel Peralta is still being held down in AAA Omaha. The Royals try to get back on the winning track with white hot Gil Meche on the mound Saturday night vs Kevin Correia.

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Does this storyline sound familiar? Gil Meche opened the ballgame with 5 strikeouts in a row, and didn’t allow a Giants hit until the 5 th inning going 5 2/3 quality innings for his 4 th win of the year. The Royals got timely hitting from Mike Aviles and Jose Guillen to hold on for a 5-3 victory. Joakim Soria closed out his 19 th game of the year, and Ron Mahay and Ramon Ramirez were effective in middle relief. Meche has won his last 2 games in a row, and continues to pitch with electric stuff, striking out an average of 8 batters his last two appearances. Correia fell to 1-5 on the year, as the Giants hope to win the rubbermatch in a Sunday 1:10pm gametime start.

Sunday afternoon brought another 35,000 plus crowd out to the “K” to see the Royals and Giants conclude their series paying tribute to the Negro Leagues. KC wore their old Kansas City Monarch’s jerseys in tribute, and put on quite a show. The Royals and Kyle Davies (3-0) quickly fell behind 10-5 after 5 innings. A 5 run 6 th inning by KC, ignited by a bases loaded Mike Aviles double, sparked the Royals to a huge comeback victory to win the series 2-1. Joey Gathright singled in the go-ahead run in the 7 th as Kansas City won their 8 th game in their last 11 tries. Tim Lincecum, while brilliant through 3 innings; fell victim to timely hitting by David DeJesus, Mark Teahen, Jose Guillen, and Ross Gload, each with 2 hits on the day. Lincecum suffered his worst outing of the year giving up 5 ER in 5 innings, but did manage to strike out 8. “Tiny Tim” also lit up the radar gun, frequently touching 97mph on the day. The Royals look to continue their winning ways with a 3 game homestand against the struggling Colorado Rockies. With continued quality starting pitching, and timely hitting from a number of batters scattered throughout the order, the Royals have potential to continue to dominate National League opponents.

 

By Derek Mueller
Kansas City Royals Correspondent


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