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David added to the mark today with game number 167. He last committed an error on September 15, 2008, in the sixth inning of a game in K.C. after a single by Ichiro Suzuki. David has played at all three outfield positions during the streak. Teammate Mitch Maier is making a run of his own at A.O. Maier currently sits at 144 consecutive errorless games.
As last night’s success begins to resonate, Royals’ manager Trey Hillman looks for the bullpen to gain confidence. The Royals were able to hold down an extremely potent Red Sox offense; eventually finishing with one of the game’s top closers, Joakim Soria, securing the win in the ninth. Hillman was questioned on whether he feels his bullpen is beginning to settle into roles. He cited that last night’s effort by all but three backend arms will go a long way into establishing more permanent roles. However, Hillman does not expect anything to be cemented for several weeks.
One specific late-inning arm that Hillman touched on was reliever John Parrish, who has been effective in limited action this year. One reporter asked Hillman if he saw more innings in Parrish’s immediate future. Hillman stated that he could see Parrish being used multiple nights in a row as a situational pitcher used primarily against lefties. But with Parrish’s career being slowed by injuries, the coaching staff must keep a watchful eye on the southpaw.
Hillman was also asked about several hitters that have yet to see significant playing time. Hillman responded that while he would like to get players like Mitch Maier and Mike Aviles in the mix; starters like Getz, Kendall, and Podsednik have shown such promise early this season that he does not want to break their rhythm and playing time will be decided upon a day-to-day basis.
Mitch Maier hit his first Major League home run last night and is batting .328 since the All-Star Break. Reporters asked whether Trey sees him gaining more power as he continues in the Majors. Trey explained that power is the last piece of the puzzle for Major League hitters and that Maier is just on the cusp of developing his pull swing. Maier has been coming in early to work off of a batting tee with Kevin Seitzer. Hillman believes that Maier has learned a lot this year and commended him on his hard work and improved hitting.
Improvement for Jacobs
Mike Jacobs is in the lineup today with a lefty on the mound. Jacobs had a pair of RBI singles on Tuesday night. Trey Hillman says that Jacobs is doing a better job of staying on the ball and recognizing pitches.
The Royals are at Seattle this weekend. It will be the first games in the Emerald City for Yuniesky Betancourt since he joined the Royals on July 10. Reporters were asking Trey Hillman for his assessment of Betancourt. Trey noted recent hot streaks for Betancourt, then mentioned Yuni lacks separation on his swing at the moment. Trey believes that Betancourt’s swing will improve as he is a teachable player that learns quickly. He described Yuni as a good self-evaluator who knows what he needs to do to improve. Trey likes what he’s seen defensively from Betancourt.
Zack Greinke’s record-setting season continued tonight in a 6-2 Kansas City win as he set a franchise mark with 15 strikeouts, breaking Mark Gubicza’s record of 14 from August 27, 1988. Zack moved all the way from 14th on the single-season franchise list with 182 to fifth with 197. He is one K shy of fourth place (Steve Busby, 198 in 1974) and three strikeouts away from being the fourth pitcher in franchise history to record 200 strikeouts in a season.
Mitch Maier hit his first Major League home run in the seventh inning (304th at-bat). The Michigan native has batted .333 (21-for-63) over his last 22 games.
Congratulations to Zack on the franchise record and to Mitch for hitting his first home run!
Today, John Buck, Billy Butler, David DeJesus and Mitch Maier joined Royals fans (and Sluggerrr) for a day of thrills at the 2009 Worlds of Fun Royals Baseball FanFest. The players met fans and signed autographs at the annual event, which celebrates two Kansas City summertime traditions. DeJesus and Buck also managed to squeeze in a ride on Worlds of Fun’s newest roller coaster, The Prowler, before heading to the ballpark for tonight’s game.
Royals bench coach John Gibbons celebrated his 47th birthday on June 8. Fellow Texan and former First Lady Barbara Bush turned 84 on June 8. Nancy Sinatra, daughter of Ol’ Blue Eyes and the voice behind “These Boots Are Made For Walkin’” celebrated her 69th birthday.
Royals Radio Network engineer Don Free will celebrate his birthday in multiple states on Thursday. His birthday starts in Texas as the Royals play an afternoon game in Houston. The Royals will fly to Pittsburgh Thursday evening to begin a series on Friday. Jimmie Walker, who played J.J. on “Good Times,” will turn 62. As J.J would say, that’s Dy-no-mite!
On Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Royals players will be signing autographs at Hy-Vee locations in Gladstone, Lee’s Summit, and Overland Park as part of the 27th Annual Royals Wives Food Drive. Participating players will sign autographs for a $5 donation or five cans of food. The locations and players are as follows:
Gladstone (7117 N. Prospect): David DeJesus and Ron Mahay
Lee’s Summit (310 SW Ward Road): Billy Butler and Mark Teahen
Overland Park (8900 W. 135th Street): Willie Bloomquist and Mitch Maier
All donations go to St. James Place food pantry and its sister site, the Bishop Sullivan Center. Come on out to get your groceries and meet a few Royals before heading out to Kauffman for Salute to the Negro Leagues Day and the Monarchs jersey giveaway!
The Royals Celebrity Golf Tournament was held on Monday at The National. Current players, alumni, and staff took part, helping raise $28,000 for Special Olympics of Greater Kansas City. Here are a few photos courtesy of team photographer Chris Vleisides.
Fore! Pitcher Kyle Davies enjoyed a day on the course. Outfielder Mitch Maier shows the lefty touch on the green. Maier’s team took the championship
Here’s Royals third base coach Dave Owen congratulating a team member. ATH heard that D.O. made some big shots.
Royals Hall of Famer/FSKC broadcaster Frank White and Joel Goldberg were mic’d up to tape features for the pregame show.
The Boys in Blue fell a little short against the Rangers on Wednesday, but we saw some positive signs. Kansas City blasted four home runs, something that they didn’t do in a regular season game in 2008. Granted it is Spring Training and the ball seems to travel a bit farther in the Arizona air, but what a start for hitting coach Kevin Seitzer and the offense!
Mike Jacobs went deep in his first game in Royal blue and Billy Butler hit a monster shot above the berm in left-center. Miguel Olivo and Mitch Maier also went yard, no cheapies in their own right. Here are the home run swings, and today’s lineup. Same teams, same time (2:05 Central), with the Royals as the home team today…the game is on 610 Sports in Kansas City. Royals slugger Jose Guillen is expected to make his 2009 debut. Royals beat writer Dick Kaegel had a nice story on Jose today…check it out!
Kyle Davies – RHP
Heath Phillips – LHP
Julio Pimentel – RHP
Joel Peralta – RHP
Carlos Rosa – RHP
Matt Wright – RHP
Oscar Villarreal – RHP