Royals Nightly
Sunday, May 09, 2004
Game 29- Royals 8, Red Socks 4 (9-20)
Darrell May is a winner for the first time in 2004. May pitched his best game of the season, allowing just 2 runs in 5.2 innings and striking out 5 Red Sox- which is somewhat astounding. (he's now the team leader with an amazing 26!!!) Tony P left the game in the hands of the relivers who have approached being effective this season- Cerda, Sullivan and Reyes, and the lead held up this time.

But remember, MacDougal and Leskanic are established "closers", and I'm terrified by the possibility that if the game had been tighter we would have seen a repeat of the Grimsley-Mac combo that proved so lame on Friday night.

Can double digit wins be far off?

In reaching base 5 times, mixing in a rare steal, and driving in a couple runs Sweeney had one of his better games of the year.

The Royals 4 game losing streak is over, and the next step is winning two games consecutively- which on the east coast they have started to fashionably call a "winning streak". Never heard of it myself.

The Royals need a quick 5 or 6 win explosion to maintain the appearance of competitveness... The Blue Jays are an opponent that leaves the possibility open, but could also sweep this team. That reputed run-depressing effect of the new fences at the K needs to jump into effect at some point.


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