Royals Nightly
Saturday, July 31, 2004
Game 101- Indians 7, Royals 6 (35-66)
Another tough loss to the Indians. Well, thats one possible angle. Generally, I tend to be more of a big-picture guy, which would mean that the real story was the more original one all along; that the Royals lost again, opponent irrelevant.

So much though, is revealed in the Royals and Indians switching roles this season. Last year, the Royals went 13-6 against the Tribe, a number that will likely be reversed this year. Thus, the teams have switched places in the "I'll be the not-quite-ready-for-prime-time-3rd-place team, you be the also-ran dog in the worst division in baseball" decision matrix. Good times.

At least it was an exciting game, and the crowd loved Sweeney's double. The Randa play was fairly close, and given that two throws were involved ( I won't live in a world in which someone named Coco and Leetle O both have strong arms, so make of that what you will) seemed like a fair enough risk. If only Randa wasn't slow as hell.

Yes, there is the whole matter of BA having another bad start. Reyes' critical error in the 8th (why in the hell isn't dude starting anymore?) and the disheartening 11th inning. Still, the Indians had 5 runs before the 3rd inning was over, and finished the 11th with 7. I'll take that. I really love this bullpen, and it saddens me to think that probably the strongest Royals' pen in at least 4 or 5 years has been wasted so terribly this season.

Enjoy the trade deadline everyone... one of the coolest days of the year. We'll catchup later tonight to see how our Royals did.


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