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Guillen guides Royals to split with Orioles

The Royals started off their 4 game road trip to Baltimore with some late inning heroics to pull out an extra-inning 6-5 win. A two out, two strike solo HR by Miguel Olivo tied the game for the Royals in the 9th, forcing a blown save by Orioles CL George Sherrill. Kansas City Royals hats & merchandise The 11th inning saw more hitting heroics, this time by Jose Guillen, singling in the game winning RBI in the top of the 11th. Joakim Soria was lights out again, in the bottom of the 11th, collecting 2 strikeouts and his 22 nd save of the year. Soria’s having a stellar year, with an ERA of 1.25, and should be a lock as the Royals representative in the All-Star game.

Kansas City wasn’t so fortunate in the late innings in game 2 Tuesday night in Camden Yards. Rookie Luke Hochevar struggled early and often, giving up 6 ER in the first 3 innings alone. He wasn’t helped by the defense, however, as several Royals made key poor fielding choices. Alex Gordon and Mark Teahen hit monstrous solo shots for the Royals, but it was too little too late. Ramon Hernandez singled with the bases loaded for the O’s, as 7 runs was enough this night. The Royals got 2 in the 9th to pull within 2 runs, but it wasn’t enough.

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K.C. had no answer for Daniel Cabrera. Again. Cabrera pitched his 2nd complete game this season, and got the win for the O’s, as he did not walk a batter the entire game. Cabrera, known for his control problems and inconsistency, seems to pitch career games every time against the Royals. KC started off on the right foot with a leadoff HR in the 1st by David DeJesus, but managed only 1 run the remainder of the game. Gil Meche had his string of 5 quality starts snapped, as he took the loss falling to 6-9. The Royals are going to need his ace stuff on a consistent basis if they hope to get another winning streak going again. Aubrey Huff remained hot hitting his 15th HR of the year for the O’s.

The Royals went into game 4 of the series looking to split with the Orioles 2-2, and pick up some momentum heading into Tampa Bay tomorrow. There was no shortage of offense in this one, as K.C. got the ball rolling early with a Billy Butler solo HR in the 2nd off of Orioles starter Olsen. The Royals quickly fell behind 7-3 after 5 innings however, mostly because of the red hot hitting by Aubrey Huff. Huff finished tonight with a 2B, and 2 more HR’s bringing his total to 17 on the year. He remains one of the hottest hitters in baseball. The Royals used a team effort to pull back into the game and take the lead for good with 7 runs in the 6 th inning. Jose Guillen continued his torrid RBI pace with 3 RBI and two singles tonight for K.C. The Royals have a little momentum going now, and they’re going to need it as they begin a 4 game series with the Tampa Bay Rays, owners of the best record in baseball. Brian Bannister will go against Edwin Jackson in the opener on the 4th of July.

 

By Derek Mueller
Kansas City Royals Correspondent


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