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Tuesday, August 31, 2004

Technical Difficulties 

I'm having some technical issues with my computer, which is delaying my promised update. I'm hoping that installing a new modem will fix the problem--stand by for my next post, which should come tomorrow morning.
// posted by Harley @ 11:05 PM

Monday, August 23, 2004

Enter Pickering 

Friday--Rangers 5, Royals 3: Mike Wood and Jaime Cerda combined to allow just 4 hits, but 3 of them were home runs, with two by David Dellucci. Andres Blanco and David DeJesus both had triples, but the Royals stranded 8 runners in the game. Box Score.

Satuday--Rangers 5, Royals 3: Desi Relaford flew out to the warning track in the 9th inning with two men on base, on a night of missed chances. Joe Randa had two RBI and John Buck scored twice, but the Royals left 12 men on base in the game. Box Score.

Sunday--Royals 10, Rangers 2: Calvin Pickering made his Royals debut in a big way, hitting 2 home runs and driving in 6. Fellow rookie Zack Greinke threw 6 shutout innings for his 6th win of the year. David DeJesus hit a triple and Andres Blanco, Desi Relaford, and Abraham Nunez each had doubles in the game. Box Score.

Darrell May faces Bartolo Colon tonight in Anaheim. The 9:05 game will be on RSTN.

With Thursday night’s rainout, the Royals will have 82 road games for the 2nd year in a row. The game will be made up as a doubleheader at Seattle on August 28th.

Before Sunday’s game, the Royals put Ken Harvey on the 15-day disabled list, activating Matt Stairs. They also called up Calvin Pickering from Omaha and designated Ruben Mateo for assignment. Harvey’s injury means that every position player on the opening day roster (except Carlos Beltran) has now been on the DL this season. Jeremy Affeldt was activated before Saturday’s game, with Jorge Vasquez going to Wichita. Tony Graffanino will have season-ending shoulder surgery.

Rob & Rany on Calvin Pickering.
Calvin Pickering’s Omaha teammates are used to seeing him play like this.
Joe Randa is happy to fill in at first base, or wherever he’s needed.
Mark Teahen’s been getting some special coaching from George Brett.
Bob Dutton speculates on what might have happened if the Royals had hired Buck Showalter 3 years ago.
Raul Ibanez on leaving Kansas City behind.
Matt Stairs dreams of Olympic glory.
Jeff Passan has a short interview with Sean Forman, the creator of Baseball Reference, a site that I use nearly every day.

This Date in Royals History:
August 23, 1972—Roger Nelson throws a one-hit shutout as the Royals beat the Red Sox, 3-0. Box Score.
August 23, 1983—Amos Otis gets his 2,000th career hit in a 10-2 victory over the White Sox. Box Score.

That's it for this week. I'm heading out of town again, and my next post will be on Monday.

// posted by Harley @ 11:48 AM

Thursday, August 19, 2004

Ichiro! 

Mariners 16, Royals 3: Ichiro Suzuki led off the game by putting Darrell May’s 2nd pitch into the Royals bullpen. And it just went downhill from there. May had his shortest outing of the season, giving up 9 runs on 9 hits in 2-plus innings. Raul Ibanez had 5 hits and Ichiro had 4, driving in 5. Mike Sweeney, Ken Harvey, and Matt Kinney each left the game with minor injuries. David DeJesus’s hitting streak ended at 15 games, still a record for a Royals rookie. Box Score.

Royals 3, Mariners 2: Jimmy Serrano had his best outing of the year, pitching 7 innings and allowing 2 runs on 5 hits, and got some nice defense behind him by Ruben Gotay and Andres Blanco. Serrano beaned Ichiro Suzuki in the head in the 3rd inning—Ichiro left with a concussion. On offense, John Buck had the game-winning hit, a two-run home run in the 8th. Desi Relaford and David DeJesus were the only other Royals to get a hit. Box Score.

Mike Wood faces Ryan Villone tonight as the Royals try to win 2 series in a row for only the 5th time this season.

Rob & Rany like the Matt Kinney pickup, along Allard Baird’s other “steals.”
Angel Berroa, doing well in Wichita, could rejoin the roster this weekend, regardless of the performance of Andres Blanco.
The Stats Guy is looking for a strong finish to 2004.
Raul Ibanez is as surprised as we are at the Royals’ poor season.
This is one beat up team.

This was in Peter Gammons’ column yesterday:
From one scout: "One of my favorite pitchers to watch is Zack Greinke. He is Greg Maddux. He commands his fastball in every quadrant of the strike zone, has two different curveballs and pitches to whatever the situation. He is really good."

John Mizerock shares some “secrets” about signs, on MLB.com

From the Backs of Bubble Gum Cards:
“He and twin sister have triplet brothers and sister.”
1988 Topps #89 Gary Thurman

Apology:
Sorry for the sporadic updates lately. Due to my busy work and travel schedule this month and next, I’ll be doing well to get in 2 or 3 posts a week. Until my next update on Monday, please check out the “Royals Links” section for current info.

// posted by Harley @ 9:19 AM

Tuesday, August 17, 2004

Clash of the Titans 

Darrell May faces Bobby Madritsch tonight as the Mariners visit Kauffman Stadium for the first time this season. The 7:10 game will be on RSTN. A sweep of Seattle would push the Royals out of their spot as the worst team in the league.

Don’t be surprised to see Brian Anderson or Darrell May traded by the end of the month. In other news, Jimmy Gobble is expected to rejoin the team in about a week.
Denny Matthews says he’ll be back in the radio booth next year.

Can Dr. Richard Crowley cure Angel Berroa’s sophomore jinx?

On the Farm:
For Omaha, Mark Teahen went 1 for 3 with a home run and 2 RBI on Sunday. He’s hitting .286.
Shane Costa went 2 for 4 with a double, 3 RBI, and a stolen base for Wilmington, raising his average to .313.
Donnie Murphy went 2 for 4 with a double, a triple, and an RBI. He’s hitting .252.
Kali Kaaihue went 2 for 4 with 2 home runs, 5 RBI, and a walk. He’s now hitting .239 and has 13 homers on the year for Burlington.
Chris Lubanski went 3 for 5 with a double and a stolen base and is hitting .268.

This Date in Royals History:
August 17, 1976—George Brett steals home in the 10th, and the Royals beat the Indians 4-3. Box Score.
August 17, 1980—George Brett raises his batting average to .401 for the season, going 4-for-4 with 5 RBIs and extending his hitting streak to 29 games. The Royals beat the Blue Jays, 8-3. Box Score.
August 17, 2002—The Royals get a 2-out home run in the 9th for the second game in a row. Brent Mayne ties the game in the 9th with a solo homer, then Mike Sweeney and Raul Ibanez homer in the 12th for a 7-3 win over Tampa Bay. Box Score.

// posted by Harley @ 8:43 AM

Monday, August 16, 2004

Don't Look Now... 

...but we're finally playing some good baseball.

Sunday--Royals 6, A’s 1: Zack Greinke got the first road win of his career, going 7 innings and allowing one tally on 6 hits and a walk. He struck out four. Joe Randa’s 3-run double in the 7th was the big blow for the Royals, and Oakland used 4 different relievers over the last 2 1/3 innings. Box Score.

Saturday--A’s 6, Royals 1: Oakland came up with 5 runs in the 6th inning, giving Brian Anderson his 10th loss of the year. KC managed just 5 hits in the game, all of them off of starter Rich Harden. Matt Kinney pitched a scoreless 8th in his Royals debut. Box Score.

Friday--Royals 10, A’s 3: Abraham Nunez and John Buck both hit grand slams. Abraham Nunez and John Buck both hit grand slams. No really, Abraham Nunez and John Buck both hit grand slams. Box Score.

Thursday--White Sox 3, Royals 2: Ross Gload’s homer off of Jimmy Serrano was the difference in the game. I know what you’re thinking. Who? Box Score.

Wednesday--Royals 4, White Sox 2: Darrell May took a no-hitter into the 6th inning and the Royals took an early 4-0 lead with RBI singles by Andres Blanco and David DeJesus and a 2-run homer by Mike Sweeney. The win ended an 8-game road losing streak. Box Score.

Matt Kinney was claimed off of waivers from the Brewers on Friday. Catcher Mike Tonis was designated for assignment to make roster room. Nate Field was put on the disabled list and is likely done for the year.
On Wednesday, Aaron Guiel rejoined the team, with Dee Brown going on the DL with a sore ribcage.
On Thursday, the Royals signed utility infielder Kevin Hooper to a minor league contract.

David DeJesus now has a 15-game hitting streak.
Friday’s grand slams by Nunez and Buck were the first time two Royals players hit grand slams in the same game. They also were the first rookie duo to each hit grand slams since the official definition of “rookie” was adopted in 1957.

Rob & Rany on the demotion of Angel Berroa.
And Rany on why the Royals aren’t doing what the Cleveland Indians are doing this year.

Nate Bukaty will no longer be reporting from the game for WHB.
Is there a Gameday Magazine cover jinx?

On the Farm:
On Saturday, Chad Santos went 2 for 5 with a homer and 2 RBI, raising his average to .266 for Wichita.
Brian McFall went 2 for 3 with an RBI and a walk for Idaho Falls and is hitting .345.

On Friday, Jimmy Gobble got his first win for Omaha. He pitched 6 innings, allowing 3 runs on 4 hits and a walk. He struck out 9 batters and dropped his ERA to 4.15.
Angel Berroa went 2 for 5 with a home run and 2 RBI for Wichita, where he’s hitting .458.
For Burlington, Chris Lubanski went 2 for 4 with a walk and is hitting .266.
Brian McFall went 2 for 4 with a double and a walk for Idaho Falls.

On Thursday, Mark Teahen went 3 for 4 with 2 doubles and a homer with 2 RBI for Omaha. He’s hitting .291.
Berroa went 2 for 5 with 2 steals for Wichita.
For Wilmington, Mike Aviles went 2 for 3 with a double and a walk and is hitting .298.
Donnie Murphy went 3 for 5 with a triple and 2 RBI. He’s hitting .254.
Lubanski went 2 for 4 for Burlington.
Ambiorix Burgos improved to 4-10 on the year with 2 runs on 4 hits and 4 walks allowed in 6 innings. He struck out 10 and has a 4.72 ERA.
For Idaho Falls, Billy Butler went 3 for 5 with 2 RBI and a stolen base, upping his average to .401.
McFall went 2 for 4 with a homer, 2 RBI, and a stolen base.
JP Howell threw 4 1/3 innings, allowing 2 earned runs on 1 hit and 2 walks, striking out 7. His ERA is 4.50.
For Arizona, Miguel Vega went 2 for 4 with a home run and 3 RBI and is hitting .310.

Milestones:
On Friday, David DeJesus got his 50th career hit.
Darrell May got his 25th career win on Wednesday.
Wednesday was also Jaime Cerda's 100th career game.
Joe Randa's 3 RBI on Sunday moved him past Willie Wilson into 8th place on the all-time franchise list. The current top 10:
1. George Brett – 1595
2. Hal McRae – 1012
3. Amos Otis – 992
4. Frank White -- 886
5. Mike Sweeney – 683
6. John Mayberry – 552
7. Carlos Beltran – 516
8. Joe Randa – 511
9. Willie Wilson – 509
10. Danny Tartabull -- 425

// posted by Harley @ 10:46 AM

Wednesday, August 11, 2004

Angel Fallen... to Wichita 

White Sox 9, Royals 3: Willie Harris got 5 hits, and Carlos Lee, Paul Konerko, and Joe Crede all homered for the pale hose, with Zack Greinke giving up 7 of Chicago’s 9 runs. On the offensive side, Abraham Nunez and David DeJesus each had 2 hits, and Ruben Mateo got his 3rd triple of the year. DeJesus now has an 11-game hitting streak. The loss dropped the Royals a season-high 33 games under .500. Box Score.

Darrell May will try to stop the losing streak at 5 games tonight in Chicago against Mark Buehrle. The 7:05 game will be on RSTN.

Angel Berroa was demoted to AA Wichita before last night’s game. Andres Blanco was promoted to play shortstop. The Royals also sent down Ryan Bukvich and brought up reliever Jorge Vasquez. In other news, Aaron Guiel is showing signs of progress and could return sometime this month.

Another Rob & Rany update yesterday.

2005 Royals Fantasy Camp signups are open now—your roster spot starts at $1010.

On the Farm:
In Wilmington, Mike Aviles went 2 for 5 with an RBI on Monday. He’s hitting .296.
Mitch Maier went 2 for 2 with an RBI and a walk and is hitting .281.
For Burlington, Kila Kaaihue went 2 for 4 with a double, a home run, 3 RBI, and a walk. He’s hitting .235 with 10 homers on the year.
Chris Lubanski went 3 for 5 and is hitting .263.
For the Chukars, Brian McFall went 4 for 4 with 2 doubles, 2 RBI, and a stolen base. He’s hitting .319.
Erik Cordier got his first win of the year for Arizona, throwing 6 scoreless innings, allowing 2 hits, 1 walk, and striking out 4. His ERA is 5.00.

This Date in Royals History:
August 11, 1971—Paul Splittorff throws a one-hitter and the Royals beat the Senators, 1-0. Box Score.

From the Backs of Bubble Gum Cards:
“Hal takes ballet lessons.”
from Hal McRae’s 1974 Topps #563.

I've got another long weekend coming up. My next post here will be on Monday.

// posted by Harley @ 9:15 AM

Tuesday, August 10, 2004

Have we hit the bottom yet? 

Monday--Angels 5, Royals 3: This time KC had a 3-1 lead in the 9th inning, but the result was the same, with the Angels rallying for 4 runs off of Jaime Cerda and Scott Sullivan. Brian Anderson had his second good start in a row, but poor fielding and wild pitching let the victory slip away. Box Score.

Sunday--Angels 6, Royals 4: KC led 4-3 heading into the 9th inning, but Jose Guillen hit a leadoff homer, and then David Eckstein laid down a suicide squeeze to bring in the game-winning run. Nate Field took the loss, spoiling a good outing by Mike Wood. Box Score.

Saturday--Angels 7, Royals 5: Jimmy Serrano did fairly well in his major league debut, but Bartolo Colon did even better. Mike Sweeney was called out on a close double play to end the game. Box Score.

Zack Greinke faces Jon Garland tonight in Chicago. The 7:05 game will be on RSTN.

Matt Stairs went on the 15-day disabled list Saturday with a strained oblique. He’s not expected to be out more than two weeks.
Tony Pena says that avoiding 100 losses matters to him. And Jeremy Affeldt will start rehabbing in Omaha later this week, returning as soon as August 20.

Rob & Rany talk about Abraham Nunez and Justin Huber.
The Stat Guy looks at measuring the Royals’ defense.
Will new pitching coach Mike Mason make a difference? Brian Anderson thinks he already has.
Rany Jazayerli looks ahead to 2005.

Denny Matthews became a Royals Hall of Famer on Saturday. He reflected on his broadcasting career with Judd Choate. And Fred White was happy to cheer him on.
Would Ewing Kauffman be able to solve this team’s problems?
Who was the world’s greatest athlete? Bill Mayer thinks it was a guy who played baseball in Kansas City.

On the Farm:
On Sunday, Alexis Gomez went 3 for 5 with a home run, 2 RBI, and a stolen base. He’s hitting .251 for Omaha.
Mark Teahen went 2 for 4 with a double, a walk, and 2 RBI, raising his average to .279.
For Wichita, Byron Gettis went 3 for 5 with 2 doubles and is hitting .362.

On Saturday, Teahen went 2 for 5 for Omaha.
Jimmy Gobble took his first PCL loss of the year in a bizarre outing. He lasted only 2 2/3 innings, allowing 11 runs on 10 hits. But only one of the runs was earned. He also walked one, gave up 2 home runs, and struck out 2. His ERA is 3.38.
For Wichita, Andres Blanco went 2 for 4 with an RBI and a stolen base, and is hitting .244.
Denny Bautista got his 4th Texas League win, pitching 7 1/3 innings, allowing 1 run on 4 hits and 3 walks, striking out 4. His ERA is now 2.47. I think he’ll be pitching in the majors next month.
Billy Butler went 4 for 4 with a homer and 2 RBI for Idaho Falls. He’s hitting .395.
For Arizona, Miguel Vega went 3 for 5 with a triple and an RBI, raising his average to .306.

On Friday, Shane Costa went 1 for 5 with a solo home run. He’s hitting .313 for Wilmington.
Mitch Maier went 2 for 4 with a walk and 3 stolen bases and is now hitting .265.
Butler went 2 for 4 with a solo home run for the Chukars
Billy Buckner went 4 innings, allowing 3 runs on 4 hits, 3 of them solo home runs. He also walked 1 and struck out 7. His ERA stands at 4.09.

Milestones:
Ken Harvey had his 250th career hit last night.
Mike Sweeney hit his 160th career home run on Saturday. It moved him into a tie with Frank White for 4th on the franchise list:
1. George Brett – 317
2. Amos Otis - 193
3. Hal McRae – 169
4. Mike Sweeney – 160
Frank White – 160
6. John Mayberry – 143
7. Danny Tartabull – 124
8. Carlos Beltran – 123
9. Steve Balboni – 119
10. Bo Jackson – 109

This Date in Royals History:
August 10, 1996—The Royals beat the Angels 18-3 as Johnny Damon hits a grand slam and drives in 7. Box Score.
August 10, 2001—Royals 7, Tigers 3. Mike Sweeney charges Jeff Weaver, inciting a brawl. Sweeney is suspended 10 games, Tigers catcher Robert Fick 7 games. Box Score.
August 10, 2003—Royals 7, Devil Rays 3. KC wins its 62nd game, equaling the season total for 2002. Box Score.

// posted by Harley @ 9:07 AM

Saturday, August 07, 2004

Transformergate! 

Angels 3, Royals 0: Kelvim Escobar was dominant for 7 innings, and although Darrell May was solid, allowing 3 runs on 6 hits, it wasn’t enough. The KC offense couldn’t overcome Rob Quinlan’s 2-run homer and Tim Salmon’s RBI double. On the basepaths, David DeJesus was picked off and Dee Brown was thrown out at home. Box Score.

Royals 6, White Sox 4: Zack Greinke pitched well, allowing just 1 run on 3 hits in 7 innings, walking none and striking out 6. Matt Stairs homered twice, and not even a power outage could get Chicago back in the game. A 24-minute delay in the 9th inning was caused by problems with the stadium transformer. Robots in disguise? Box Score.

Jimmy Serrano becomes the 9th Royal to make his major league debut this season, starting against Bartolo Colon and the Angels in a 6:10 game tonight. Denny Matthews will be enshrined in the Royals Hall of Fame tonight, and be immortalized as a bobblehead.

Rob & Rany on the “real” Zack Greinke.
Justin Huber was apparently injured before being traded to the Royals. The trade will stand, but Huber won’t be allowed to represent Australia in the Olympics.
Jimmy Serrano spent his entire pro career as a reliever, before this season.
Where was the big hit last night?
Tony Pena is set to be inducted into the Arizona Fall League’s Hall of Fame.

Partial details on Thursday night’s power outage. But what was the extent of Matt Stairs’ involvement? Robots in disguise may or may not have been involved. But this is a known unknown. What really happened on Thursday night?
Since there were no eligible entries to July’s “Leave a Comment, Win Baseball Cards” contest, I’ll give the prize to whoever comes up with the best conspiracy theory to explain the power outage. Send your stories to me by August 14.

On the Farm:
On Thursday, Shane Costa went 2 for 4 for the Blue Rocks. He’s hitting .314.
Dusty Hughes went 8 innings, allowing 1 hit and 3 walks, striking out 8, for his 4th win of the year. His ERA is now 2.33.
Billy Butler continues to be the big story in Idaho Falls—going 3 for 4 with a double and an RBI. He’s hitting .377 with a .495 OBP and a .528 SLG. Yep, that’s a 1000+ OPS.
Luis Cota got his first win, going 5 innings and allowing 1 run on 4 hits and a walk. He struck out 8 and dropped his ERA to 5.79.
J.P. Howell pitched in relief of Cota, throwing 3 no-hit innings. He allowed 1 run on 4 walks and struck out 4. His ERA is 4.76.

On Wednesday, Mike Aviles went 2 for 3 with 2 walks, and is hitting .292 for Wilmington.
Mitch Maier went 1 for 4 with a home run, 3 RBI, and a walk. He’s hitting .267.
Donnie Murphy went 2 for 5 with 2 doubles and an RBI, raising his average to .257.
Billy Butler went 2 for 5 with a double and an RBI for the Chukars.

This Date in Royals History:
August 7, 1999—George Brett Day at Kauffman Stadium, honoring his induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Royals Trivia (Answer will be in comments)
What former Royal is 37 years old today? Born in Cleveland, Texas, he was drafted by the Phillies in 1985. He has played for 6 different major league teams, playing at least 50 games in each of the past five seasons. A right-handed hitter, he had career highs in hits and RBI in 1990.

Next post will be on Tuesday--enjoy the weekend!

// posted by Harley @ 9:39 AM

Thursday, August 05, 2004

This is Brian Anderson? 

Royals 11, White Sox 0: Brian Anderson threw a two-hitter for his first shutout since last September, and his 2nd win of the year. He struck out 7 and walked 1, retiring 17 straight batters at one point. John Buck led the offense with 3 hits, including a 3-run home run. The Royals scored 7 runs in the first inning, a season high. Box Score.

Zack Greinke pitches tonight against Jon Garland, with a 7:10 start.

Royals Notes: Mike Sweeney should be ready to play on Friday, and Jimmy Serrano will get the start against the Angels on Saturday, making his major league debut.

Wait ‘Til Next Year on the trade deadline deals:

If we’re praising GMs for stealing prospects, Allard Baird deserves some recognition for his New York heist. Baird, who took loads of heat during the Royals’ long sub-.500 run, is seemingly becoming more accepted of late. In full rebuilding mode shortly after the Beltran trade, Baird saw fit to acquire Rule V pick Jose Bautista for absolutely nothing (cash). And now, after about 20 harmless games in KC, the club miraculously found an interested buyer in Pittsburgh. So with the Mets affixed on Kris Benson, Jim Duquette was quick to send Justin Huber to the Royals.
Admittedly a bit overrated in my rankings, Huber is still undoubtedly one of the game’s top five catching prospects, if not second. Bad defense has led people to believe the Australian will be forced to make the Carlos Delgado, catcher to first, switch. Some wonder whether Huber has the power to succeed there, though his current ISO (nearing .200) is quieting those complaints. John Buck will likely be given the Royals job in 2005, and his performance there should dictate where Huber ultimately ends up.


ESPN’s Page 3 has a full report on the at-bat music used by Royals players. If you’ve been wondering which Royals regular prefers a track by Ratt, wonder no more.

On the Farm:
On Tuesday, Alexis Gomez went 4 for 4 with a double and a homer, driving in 2 runs. He’s hitting .244 for Omaha.
Erik Cordier had a rough time for Arizona. In 1 1/3 innings, he allowed 2 runs on 4 walks and no hits, striking out 1. His ERA is 7.50.

This Date in Royals History:
August 5, 1977—John Mayberry hits for the cycle, and the Royals beat White Sox 12-2. Box Score.
August 5, 2002—Darrell Porter dies at the age of 50, in Sugar Creek, Missouri.

// posted by Harley @ 11:13 AM

Wednesday, August 04, 2004

Sweeney's Back Out 

White Sox 12, Royals 4: Chicago jumped out to a 7-0 lead on starter Mike Wood, and the Royals battled back to make it 7-4 with a homer by Ken Harvey, but that was all there was. The bullpen coughed up another 5 runs and the home team only managed two baserunners in the last three innings. Box Score.

Brian Anderson starts tonight against Scott Shoeneweis in a 7:10 game televised by RSTN.

Mike Sweeney left last night’s game with back spasms. He’s not expected to be out long and is considered day to day.
With Tony Graffanino heading to the disabled list, Ruben Gotay has been promoted from Wichita. He made his big league debut last night, becoming the 50th player used by the Royals this year.

Rob & Rany on who else might be traded before Opening Day 2005.
Tony Pena is “waiting to see what direction to go” with Saturday’s starter. Leading candidates are probably Dennys Reyes and D.J. Carrasco.
Jeff Passan compares Colt Griffin to Charlie Brown. Griffin’s got a bit more upside.
Can the Royals win without a strikeout pitcher? The Stat Guy wants to know.

Denny Matthews will be inducted into the Royals Hall of Fame on Saturday.
Get a free Royals ticket if you donate blood for the Royals Hall of Fame Blood Drive today.
Bidding is up to $750 to throw out the first pitch at September 14th’s Yankees-Royals game.

On the Farm:
On Monday, Denny Bautista took a loss, giving up 4 earned runs on 7 hits and 2 walks in 6 2/3 innings. He struck out 8, and his ERA jumped up to 2.63 for Wichita.
Colt Griffin had another poor relief appearance, allowing 4 runs on 2 hits and 2 walks without getting an out. His ERA is 6.43.
For Wilmington, Shane Costa went 2 for 4 with a walk and a stolen base. He’s hitting .318.

This Date in Royals History:
August 3, 1978—The Royals trade Gerry Ako to the Brewers for Jamie Quirk
August 3, 1982—Frank White hits for the cycle—the Royals beat the Tigers, 6-5. Box Score.

// posted by Harley @ 9:23 AM

Monday, August 02, 2004

Hey, what did I miss? 

A recap of the past 10 days’ games—if you have a weak stomach, you may want to skip this part:

Royals 13, Tigers 7: Mike Sweeney hit a grand slam and a 3-run homer, tying the club record for RBI in a game. Jimmy Gobble got the win despite a mediocre outing. Box Score.

Indians 3, Royals 2:
Ben Broussard homered in the 11th to win the game for Cleveland. KC got a man on second with one out in the top of the inning, but couldn’t score him. Mike Sweeney homered for the second straight game. Box Score.

Indians 10, Royals 2: Former Royal Chad Durbin threw a 6-hitter and Tony Graffanino’s two-run homer was about it for the KC offense. Chris George got thumped, allowing 10 runs on 11 hits in 3 innings. Box Score.

Indians 4, Royals 3: Grady Sizemore got an RBI single with two outs in the bottom of the ninth to sweep the double-header. The Royals used 4 pitchers in the 9th but couldn’t preserve the win for Brian Anderson. Tony Pena threw out the first pitch, as part of Jacob’s Field’s 10th anniversary. Box Score.

Indians 5, Royals 1: Jake Westbrook outpitched Zack Greinke, giving Cleveland a 4-game series sweep, their first ever of the Royals. Box Score.

Devil Rays 6, Royals 2: Darrell May gave up 5 runs in 7 innings and Joe Randa homered, but a key Royals baserunner was cut down at homer by Rocco Baldelli. Box Score.

Devil Rays 10, Royals 1: Mark Hendrickson pitched well. Jimmy Gobble did not. Ken Harvey’s RBI single in the 9th score the only KC run. Box Score.

Devil Rays 2, Royals 0: The Royals managed just 4 hits in support of Mike Wood, who had the longest start of his major league career. Wood went 7 innings, allowing two runs on seven hits for the loss. Box Score.

Indians 7, Royals 6: Joe Randa, the potential winning run, was thrown out at the plate to end the 9th inning, and Omar Vizquel tripled and scored to win the game for Cleveland in the 11th. Brian Anderson barely avoided recording a 10th straight loss. Box Score.

Royals 10, Indians 3: The losing streak came to an end on Frank White night, with every Royals starter getting a hit. Sweeney and Relaford homered, and Matt Stairs added a 3-run double. Zack Greinke went just 5 innings, but pitched well enough to get his 3rd win. Box Score.

Royals 8, Indians 7: John Buck knocked a 3-run homer, leading the Royals to 7 runs off of starter C.C. Sabathia. Darrell May threw 5 strong innings for the win. Scott Sullivan struggled out of the bullpen, but the Royals hung on for the win. Box Score.

With the Royals off tonight, the homestand continues tomorrow night with the White Sox coming to town. Mike Wood will start against Jose Contreras in a 7:10 game.

It has been announced/admitted that Juan Gonzalez won’t be back this season.
Tony Graffanino left Saturday’s game with tightness in his calf. His status is day-to-day.
Jimmy Gobble was sent to Omaha to “re-establish his stuff” on Thursday. D.J. Carrasco rejoined the roster before Friday’s game.
Abraham Nunez hit the ground running in his Royals debut. John Buck had a good night, too.
The Mike Sweeney to Seattle for Gil Meche trade rumors were apparently unfounded.
On Thursday, in the midst of an 8-game losing streak, Tony Pena pulled Ken Harvey out of the game for not running out a pop-up.

Rob & Rany has a mini-update with a Rob Neyer rant on Jimmy Gobble.
Judd Choate still thinks the Royals should have hired Buck Showalter instead of Tony Pena.
The new statue of Frank White was unveiled on Saturday, on Frank White night, of course.
David Glass has announced his support for a downtown arena.
Whatever happened to Buddy Biancalana?

On the Farm:
On Saturday, Chris Lubanski went 2 for 5 with 2 doubles for Burlington. He’s hitting .261.
Billy Butler went 2 for 3 with a walk for Idaho Falls and is hitting .375.
Bill Buckner threw 4 innings for the Chukars, allowing 1 run on 4 hits and striking out 6. His ERA is 2.75.

On Friday, Colt Griffin threw 2 1/3 scoreless innings for Wichita, allowing only a walk. His ERA is 3.86.
For Wilmington, Shane Costa went 1 for 3 with a homer and 4 RBI. He’s hitting .316.
Mitch Maier went 2 for 4 with a triple and is hitting .263.
Lubanski went 2 for 3 with 2 RBI and a walk for the Bees.
For Idaho Falls, Brian McFall went 2 for 4 with a solo homer, his 9th of the year. He’s hitting .305.
Luis Cota got roughed up, allowing 5 earned runs on 7 hits in 2 1/3 innings. He walked one and struck out one and his ERA jumped up to 6.65.
J.P. Howell had a disappointing pro debut, taking the loss after allowing 2 runs on 4 hits and 2 walks, striking out 4 in 2 2/3 innings. His ERA is 6.75.
In Arizona, Joshua Johnson went 2 for 5 and drove in 2 runs, and is hitting .276.

On Thursday, Mark Teahen went 2 for 4 with a walk for Omaha. He’s hitting .278.
Mike MacDougal got his first Texas League save of the year, striking out 2 batters in one scoreless inning of work. His ERA is now 1.93.
Mike Aviles went 2 for 3 with a double for Wilmington, raising his average to .297.

On Wednesday, Byron Gettis went 2 for 4 for Wichita. He’s hitting .565 at AA.
Ruben Gotay went 1 for 2 with a double and a walk, bumping his average up to .291.
Chad Santos went 2 for 4 with 3 RBI and is hitting .268.
Denny Buatista threw 7 scoreless innings to improve his record to 3-1. He allowed 4 hits, 3 walks, and struck out 6. His ERA is now 2.23.
Griffin had a poor appearance out of the bullpen. He allowed a run on 3 hits, including a homer, and didn’t record an out. His ERA is 4.63.
Butler went 2 for 4 with a triple, a homer, and 2 RBI for the Chukars.
Miguel Vega went 2 for 5 with an RBI for Arizona and is hitting .302.

On Tuesday, Teahen went 3 for 4 with 2 home runs and 4 RBI for Omaha.
Gettis went 2 for 3 with a double, a homer, 3 RBI, and a walk for Wichita.
Santos went 3 for 4 with a triple, a homer and an RBI.
For the Blue Rocks, Costa went 3 for 5 with an RBI.
Maier went 3 for 4 with a triple, 3 RBI, and a walk.
Butler went 3 for 3 with 2 walks for Idaho Falls, reaching safely for the 7th straight plate appearance.
McFall went 2 for 5 with a double and an RBI.
For Arizona, Vega went 3 for 4 with a double and an RBI.

Last Monday, Costa went 2 for 5 with a home run, an RBI, and a walk for Wilmington.
Dusty Hughes threw 6 strong innings, allowing just 1 run on 4 hits and 3 walks, striking out 3. His ERA is 2.71.
Butler went 4 for 4 with a double and a walk for Idaho Falls.
McFall went 2 for 5 with a home run, 3 RBI, and a walk.
Buckner made his pro debut, throwing 3 innings and allowing 2 earned runs on 3 hits and a walk, striking out 3.

Last Sunday, Teahen went 3 for 4 with 2 RBI for Omaha.
For Idaho Falls, Butler went 2 for 4 with a double and a walk.
McFall went 2 for 4 with a double and 2 RBI.

Last Saturday, Gettis went 2 for 4 with a triple, an RBI, and a walk for the Wranglers.
Dwight Lowery got his 7th win of the year for Wilmington, pitching 7 shutout innings and allowing 5 hits and 4 walks, striking out 4. His ERA is 3.47.
Lubanski went 2 for 3 with a walk and a stolen base for Burlington.
In Arizona, Juan Gonzalez went 3 for 4 with a double and 4 RBI in what could be his last pro game.

Last Friday, Hank Street threw 2 innings for Burlington, allowing 1 run on 1 hit and 1 walk, striking out 3. His ERA is 3.00.
Vega went 2 for 5 with a double and an RBI for Arizona.

Last Thursday, Gettis went 2 for 4 with an RBI and a walk for Wichita.
Gotay went 3 for 5 with a home run, 3 RBI, and a stolen base.
Costa went 2 for 4 with a triple for Wilmington.
Ambiorix Burgos got his 3rd win of the year for Burlington, pitching 6 1/3 scoreless innings. He allowed 3 hits, walked none, and struck out 10. His ERA is 4.48.
Butler went 2 for 4 with a double and 2 RBI for Idaho Falls.

Last Wednesday, Gettis went 3 for 4 with a homer and 3 RBI for Wichita.
For Wilmington, Aviles went 2 for 3 with a double and a walk.
Costa went 2 for 4 with a stolen base.
Lubanski went 2 for 5 with 3 RBI for Burlington.
For Idaho Falls, Butler went 3 for 5 with 2 RBI.
McFall went 1 for 3 with a home run, 2 RBI, and 2 walks.
Matt Campbell threw 3 2/3 scoreless innings, allowing 1 hit, 4 walks, and striking out 2. His ERA dropped to 7.94.

This Date in Royals History:
August 2, 1970—The Royals lose their 23rd straight meeting with the Orioles, setting a major league record. Box Score.
August 2, 1973—George Brett debuts, in a 3-1 Royals victory at Chicago. Brett bats 7th and goes 1 for 4 with a strikeout. Box Score.
August 2, 1987—Rookie Kevin Seitzer goes 6-for-6 with 2 home runs and 7 RBI. The Royals beat the Red Sox 13-5. Box Score.
August 2, 2003—Jeff Montgomery is inducted into the Royals Hall of Fame.

// posted by Harley @ 11:12 AM

Trade Deadline Update 

I'm back! And first off, here's a quick rundown of the two biggest Royals stories of the past week:

Royals acqure Nunez: KC sent reliever Rudy Seanez to the Marlins for young outfielder Abraham Nunez. Nunez wasn't getting much playing time in Florida--he had a .172 average and a 540 OPS in 64 at bats. But at AAA last year, he hit .311 with 11 homers and 38 RBI in 59 games. Tony Pena plans to give Nunez plenty of playing time.

And Justin Huber was acquired from the Mets in a three-team deal that sent Jose Bautista to the Pirates. Huber, a catcher, will be assigned to Omaha, and he'll be playing on the Australian national team in the Olympics. Allard Baird suggested that Huber could be remodeled into a first baseman, designated hitter, or a corner oufielder by next year. Wilton Guerrero was promoted from AAA to take Bautista's roster spot.

Big update coming later today--stay tuned!

// posted by Harley @ 8:44 AM