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Last night was an example of how the Royals want to win ballgames. Strong starting pitching, followed by a shut down bullpen and then an offense which will get the job done. To look at how that happened last night, let’s go Around the Horn…
He’s had two other eight strikeout efforts and he’s had two other eight inning games (one complete game). He’s also held opponents scoreless before. But Kyle Davies had never brought all of those elements together in one outing before last night.
The other impressive number about Davies’ four-hitter? Zero walks. He didn’t walk anyone, something he has not done this season. In fact he’s only recorded two other walkless starts, both of which were less than six innings.
Davies retired the first 12 batters he faced until Jose Lopez singled to lead off the fifth inning. Davies also combated another problem he’s had this season. He kept his pitch count low. He threw 98 pitches during his eight innings of work.
Manager Trey Hillman called Davies performance the best he’s seen.
Maybe more impressively, he has nine multi-hit games during his current hitting streak, including a 2-for-4 night last night with a double and a run scored.
Guillen is hitting .418, banging seven doubles and two homers with 12 RBI during his 13-game streak. He’s also scored six runs. With his recent surge, he has repositioned himself for a shot at 100 RBI and if he stays hot, he’ll have a chance to eclipse his career high of 104 (set in 2003). His 2003 season is his only 100-plus RBI season, though he reached 99 last year in Seattle.
The slugger leads the Royals in hits (147), doubles (40), homers (20), RBI (93), total bases (249) and multi-hit games (44).
One strikeout is all the Club needs to tie its single-season record. The 1990 pitching staff fanned 1,006 batters compared to this season’s 1,005, which is the sixth-highest total in the American League this season…Alberto Callaspo also has a career-high hitting streak going at nine games…Ryan Shealy has reached base in seven of his eight games and is hitting .387…Mike Aviles has scored nine runs during his seven-game hitting streak and is one of five Royals with over 60 runs this season…David DeJesus snapped a 127-game errorless streak with his throwing error in the sixth…Mark Teahen is hitting .338 since August 27 with nine extra base hits…From Trey Hillman’s pregame press conference: “Nothing is more powerful to the atmosphere than winning,” Hillman said in response to the environment in the Royals clubhouse before today’s game (the lights were dimmed, music was pumping and some players were dancing)…Also: “Pitching is as contagious as hitting,” Hillman said voicing his hopes for Brandon Duckworth’s start tonight following last night’s four-hit shutout.
How can you beat the deal we got going here tonight? $3 tickets and a long-sleeve tee upon entering.
Plenty of other great promotions are left this week and there are just six home games including tonight’s ballgame. You should come out and join the fun.
Also: The Royals will be announcing their 2009 home schedule (no game times) tomorrow at noon. Keep an eye out for that!
Today’s Official Game Notes.
Interested? Let’s go Around the Horn…
“Shirts Off Their Backs” is a major highlight for Fan Appreciation weekend. For just $1, you can buy a chance to win a game-worn jersey from the White Sox game on September 20. Each of the 35-40 players in uniform will be on hand to sign and deliver their jersey to the winners immediately after the game.
Raffle tickets will be sold throughout the stadium – in the stands, at the gates, booths, etc. The instant scratch win tickets will correspond with a jersey and will guarantee the ticket holder their prize (you must be in attendance to win).
Following the game, winners will be escorted onto the field and be presented with their jersey. Players will sign their jerseys and hand them over. So you might be the lucky winner to get an Alex Gordon jersey (he should be off the Disabled List by then) directly from the Royals’ third baseman, complete with dirt stains and his autograph.
All proceeds from the event will go to support Operation Breakthrough, a Kansas City based charity which helps provide a safe, loving and educational environment for children living in poverty. The United Way Agency expanded its facility in 2006, allowing it increase the number of children it helps from 353 to 674. The program has been helping Kansas Citians since 1971.
The Burlington Bees start their final series of the season tonight. They will meet the South Bend Silverhawks in Game 1 tonight of the Midwest League’s Championship. Game 2 will be tomorrow night, also at Burlington Community Field. The series then moves to South Bend with at least one game on Friday. It’s a best-of-five series and the final three are scheduled as away games for Burlington.
The Royals bullpen hasn’t allowed a run in its last 9 1/3 innings…Devon Lowery made his second Major League appearance and struck out one. He’s retired 6-of-7 hitters he’s faced in the bigs…Jose Guillen had a RBI double last night during his seventh three-hit game and is tied for the team lead with 39 multi-hit games, with hits in six straight…Longtime captain and Royals slugger Mike Sweeney was released by the Oakland Athletics. Sweeney will most likely undergo microfracture surgery on both knees if he wants to make a bid to play again next season.
Several great deals not to forget about as we approach the final home stand:
Retro-pricing and $5 parking for Seattle, Halfway to St. Paddy’s group deals on September 17, Fuel Up for 40 all homestand long and of course, the always available and ever popular All-You-Can-Eat Seats.
Today’s Official Game Notes.