Royals Nightly
Wednesday, June 30, 2004
Game 74- Royals 4, Orioles 3 (29-45)
Well, I admit it, that was kinda cool. Mike Wood got his Royal on, parlaying a lack of walks into something approaching effectiveness. Wood struck out 3 Orioles, and allowed only 7 hits, limiting the O's to 3 runs. After a shaky 6th Pena showed some decent resolve in pulling Mike, although I'm somewhat suspicous that the fact that he was in line to earn a "win" may have had something to do with it. Still, Wood was part of the swag from the Beltran deal, so it was probably worth it for all parties involved to see him pick up some statistical legitimacy.

The Royals won a close game at home, which hasn't happened much, yet the same offensive anti-formula for success remained: one extra base hit and too few walks. Luckily, they knocked in 3 runners with 2 outs, and the O's only scored 3 runs. It was an enjoyable game, and one that the Royals were fortunate to win.

Ohh, and the bullpen did the job. I'm not really sure why Camp was used in the 9th, but it seems like the kid is excited about it, so I'm happy for him. I'd prefer to see Pena stick with one guy, hope to God he picks up 15-20 saves and earns a valuable "Proven Closer" label, a label Allard could then convert into usable talent via a trade.


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