Royals Nightly
Friday, July 16, 2004
Game 86- Royals 3, Twins 1 (32-54)
Bunching singles and steals, the Royals eecked out three runs yesterday against Kyle Lohse, and thanks to the pitching of Zack Greinke the early lead stood up. The Royals opened the second half playing spoiler, and I'd love to read in 4 months how the Twins/White Sox lost the division to the Twins/White Sox because the Twins/White Sox had a spotless record against the Royals while the Twins/White Sox did not. We'll see; most of our dreams of grand relevance don't ever come true, but thats what the Tigers did to the Sox last year.
Greinke went 7 innings, allowing just 4 hits, 1 BB and 1ER. Pena then later used a Cerda-Field-Reyes-Bukvich sequence to get the final four outs, all by strikeout. In particular, Reyes and Bukvich were huge, striking out Koskie and Hunter to end the game. I'm disapointed to see Reyes in such a smaller role, especially since the stated reason for his move to the bullpen is so silly, but at least big Dennys was able to get the job done. A Greinke start followed by those members of the bullpen is about the best pitching sequence the 2004 Royals could possibly throw at you, and if your life depended on this team winning one mythical game, the ideal lineup card wouldn't look much different than what Pena ended up doing.
The Royals have now won 3 of 4 after the Baltimore-San Diego-Minnesota fiasco, and clearly Royals fever is sweeping the plains. 18,000+ marched into the K last night, I expect over 40,000 tonight. (wink, wink)
Ohh, and congrats to Swingin'Ken/Hollywood Harvey/Grimace for breaking the 0-21 slump!!


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