Royals Nightly
Friday, May 14, 2004
Game 33- A's 6, Royals 2 (11-22)
Winning streaks, for the Royals, and Jimmy Gobble come to an end. Gobble's final line was 5.2 IP, 6ER, 9H, 2BB & 0K. Yes, zero Ks. The As lineup is filled with guys that strikeout-- and walk-- alot, and Gobble's line is again indicative of the general trend. Namely, hittable strikes being thrown by Royals pitchers. Of the 9 hits Jimmy allowed, 6 were for extra bases- so its not like he lost on bloops and seeing eye singles.

A good 35K crowd was wasted, and I can only think of the early games last year in front of big excited crowds, including the game against Detroit that ended on Swingin' Ken's walkoff homer.

Sad sad sad.

On the positive side- the bullpen produced 3.1 innings of shutout ball, and presumably, in theory or something, the pen might be suring up its holes in time for the starting rotation to have an adequate flanker when they turn things around. Or not.

Sullivan's helping his case as trade-bait at least.


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