The state of Nebraska converges on Kauffman
The highway from Nebraska to the K must be filled with Cornhuskers wanting their very own Alex Gordon to take home. Sure it’s not the real guy, but they love him up there. They showed it during the Nebraska Caravan last January and we’re looking at another packed house tonight.
We’re hoping the Nebraskans fill the stadium because that would give us a two-game sellout streak. Last night brought out a ton of people and for more on that let’s go around the horn…
Our team photographer, Chris Vleisides was able to capture some amazing shots last night during the Sky Show. Here’s the photos for those of you who weren’t able to see it and those of you who want to remember the largest firework show in the history of Kansas City.
Gil Meche throws tonight. Trey Hillman said Gil threw the ball with conviction during his last start and that was part of the key to winning his last start. Gil is the ace of the staff and making his 16th start this season. He’s the oldest starter, with Zack Greinke being the only other member of the rotation with more than three years in the Bigs.
Gil posted a season-high 7 1/3 innings last Sunday at Chase Field in Arizona and a season high 10 strikeouts. His recent success (a 3.88 ERA and 44 K’s in 44 innings over his last seven starts) has been one example of the rotation’s turn around. During the clubs five-game winning streak, the starting pitcher earned the win each game. The resurgent starters allowed an average of 1.7 runs per game from June 9-19.
While in St. Louis, Cards manager Tony LaRussa told Trey he was impressed by the young pitching staff the Royals put on the mound. Hopefully Gil can keep some moment going tonight and bounce back after the loss last night.
Jose Guillen’s two-run double last night extended his American League lead in doubles (27) and inched him closer to third in RBI (55)…Other Royals in the A.L.’s top ten: Mark Grudzielanek is 9th in batting average (.307); Guillen is tied for 9th in hits (82) and in 4th in total bases (142) and 2nd in extra base hits (38); Joey Gathright is tied for 8th in stolen bases (17); Mark Teahen is tied for 2nd in triples (4) and David DeJesus is 3rd in batting average with runners in scoring position (.391) …From Manager Trey Hillman’s pre-game press conference: Closer Joakim Soria’s is good to go tonight after taking yesterday off to recover from recording three saves over the previous three days.
With all the pics, and such a short amount of time til first pitch, we’ll hold the Negro League jersey pics for tomorrow’s game until tomorrow’s post. One change that was reported on this blog earlier this week is that the Giants would be wearing San Francisco Seals uniforms. That is incorrect. The uni’s are in and they are Royal Giant uniforms. The Royal Giants that started in Brooklyn, but eventually became barnstormers and played up and down the California coast… kind of fitting for the San Francisco Giants who are celebrating their 50th year by the bay after moving from New York. But more on this tomorrow.
Here’s the Royals Official Game Notes.