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Dr. Facebook Fever
06-17-2005, 08:51 AM
Love some of the quotes in this one...

Kansas City sweeps past Dodgers
Castillo has three RBIs; baserunning proves pivotal
By Dick Kaegel / MLB.com


KANSAS CITY -- The Royals are painting the town blue. The party keeps going and growing.
OK, winning five consecutive games might not mean that much to some teams, but, in Kansas City, that's cause for a celebration. This has been a long, hard season. At least, until now.

The resurgent Royals won their fifth straight by completing an Interleague sweep of the Los Angeles Dodgers, 9-6, Thursday night as brooms sprouted in the crowd of 16,182 at Kauffman Stadium. The club had not won five in a row in nearly two years.

"Now we can hear the music, everything is under control right now," catcher Alberto Castillo said. "Buddy Bell believes in us and we believe in him. This is not just momentum, this is for real."
Bell, maestro of this dance band, credited the Royals' flying feet with making the difference in this one.

"Our baserunning put a lot of heat on their ballclub," he said.

When your starting pitcher is wobbly and there are no home runs setting off fireworks, you've got to do something.

Right-hander Zack Greinke left the mound after five innings, having used a career-high 111 pitches and given up eight hits, including Jason Grabowski's two-run homer.

Yet the Royals trailed just 3-2. And so they got busy in the sixth.

There was one out when David DeJesus singled to center. Matt Stairs singled to right, and DeJesus churned into third, just beating Jason Repko's throw.

"I told D.J. [DeJesus] that he won the game for us because Derek Lowe was breezing until then," Bell said.

What happened next was a series of singles, an error on Emil Brown's hard-hit grounder, and a two-run double by Castillo.

There was some grumbling that Brown's ball should have been ruled a hit by the official scorer.

"Tell him to go out there and try to field it," Brown said.

Six runs were scored, and the Royals were up 8-3.

"Matt [Stairs] pulled it hard through the hole and I felt we needed to get something going," DeJesus said. "Then we kept hitting the ball up the middle -- single after single -- and that's how you score runs."

In fact, three other times the Royals went from first to third on singles and, in each case, a run resulted.

"I think baserunning won the game," Bell said. "I thought our baserunning gave us a lot of energy."

Until the back-to-back hits by DeJesus and Stairs, the right-handed Lowe had retired 11 straight batters.

"We played smart baseball," DeJesus said. "[Lowe] kept using his power sinker and by the third at-bat, he was still throwing it and we were able to get good wood on it."

Castillo drove in three runs on the night, so give him a pass for not contributing to the running game. In the eighth, after Repko caught Stairs' fly ball in right, Castillo tried to score and was out -- by about 10 feet.

"I don't think I got a very good jump," he said.

Really?

It didn't matter much, even though the Dodgers did score three runs in the ninth against left-hander Jeremy Affeldt.

The Royals hadn't had a five-game streak since June 22-27, 2003.

Bell keeps adding to his mystique. Since he took charge, the club has an 11-4 record that includes a sweep of the Yankees as well as the Dodgers.

The Royals became just the third club to sweep a series from both of those fabled franchises in the same season. The 1997 Mariners and the 1998 Angels also did it.

"If people keep saying, 'Oh, it's a fluke, it's a fluke,' and we keep playing well and everyone's having success," Brown said, "I'll take them saying it's a fluke."

As for Bell, he credited interim manager Bob Schaefer with getting the club going before he arrived.

"I'm just sitting there and watching them play with a lot of energy and I'm just trying to stay out of their way," Bell said.

"I'm proud of the way they're playing. I really am. They're fun to watch."

beavis
06-17-2005, 08:59 AM
"I'm just sitting there and watching them play with a lot of energy and I'm just trying to stay out of their way," Bell said.
This is the thing I've liked the most about him thus far. I don't recall once saying to myself "WTF is Bell doing?".

Herzig
06-17-2005, 08:59 AM
To those of you in KC, has attendance at Royals games increased since Bell took over?

SCTrojan
06-17-2005, 09:17 AM
To those of you in KC, has attendance at Royals games increased since Bell took over?

Looks to me that the attendance has increased a little. But that may be because the last two games I've been to were Yankees and Dodgers.

The thing I noticed last night was more people wearing Royals garb.

Dr. Facebook Fever
06-17-2005, 09:27 AM
Looks to me that the attendance has increased a little. But that may be because the last two games I've been to were Yankees and Dodgers.

The thing I noticed last night was more people wearing Royals garb.
I don't live there but am from the area originally. I'd love to see KC have a reason to be excited again. It does my heart good.

SCTrojan
06-17-2005, 09:28 AM
I don't live there but am from the area originally. I'd love to see KC have a reason to be excited again. It does my heart good.

Definitely a lot more energy in the park last night compared to early on in the season.

keg in kc
06-17-2005, 09:28 AM
I'm sure between the hot stretch, the awesome weather we're having and school being out, attendance will be up a little. The question is whether they can continue winning so people will want to go when it's 105 in August. I'll probably only go to 1 game this year, myself (hey, I'm poor...), but I've definitely been listening and watching a lot more this year.

Demonpenz
06-17-2005, 10:02 AM
thats the luck of baseball all of those singles could have been double plays. I will take em though good to see the royals be the talk of the town for good reasons instead of going to the water cooler and hearing man did you see how the royals lost yesterday