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carlos3652
06-17-2007, 11:24 PM
Happy Fathers Day to all...

Royals now 28-42 (.400) Only 14 games below .500 yay!

Kansas City 5, Florida 4

June 17, 2007


KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- In 1997, the Kansas City Royals were given an option of moving to the National League. They opted to stay where they were. A decade later, it appears they made the wrong decision.

Brian Bannister won his fourth consecutive start, Esteban German drove in the go-ahead run and the Royals defeated the Florida Marlins 5-4 on Sunday to improve to 8-4 in interleague play.

The Royals are 20-38 against American League clubs.

"I really have no idea," Mark Teahen said on why the Royals are better against National League teams. "I wouldn't say one league is better than the other. I'm enjoying winning games no matter who it's against."

The Royals have won all four interleague series against St. Louis, Philadelphia, Colorado and Florida.

"We've started to play better at home," Royals manager Buddy Bell said. "For whatever reason, it comes against National League clubs. I don't look at any team being an American or National League club. I think it's just a coincidence."

It might be, but the Royals are 18-9 in winning eight of their nine past series against National League clubs, dating to last year. The Royals have been .500 or better in interleague games in three of the past four years, while losing 100 or more games in four of the past five seasons.

"We've played well against them (NL teams) this year," Bannister said. We just have a tough division. That's going to be our battle all year."

Bannister (4-3) worked six-plus innings, allowing four runs and nine hits with a walk. Bannister has given up five earned runs in 28 innings in June. He was 0-3 through May.

"I'm constantly out there playing chess games with hitters," Bannister said. "That's how I like to pitch. It's not about stuff with me, but how can I get this guy out.

"Today is one of those days, where I felt like I didn't have my queen and my rook, but you're out there just battling."

Octavio Dotel got three outs for his fifth save in five chances. He struck out Brett Carroll, who was making his big league debut, to end the game with the tying run at second base. Carroll also committed two errors.

"I wish I could say it feels good to get my first one out of the way," Carroll said. "But not in that kind of style. It was a humbling day, but fun. But it's one game."

Bannister gave up a two-run homer to Jeremy Hermida in the sixth to tie the score at 4. Josh Willingham had three of the Marlins' nine hits.

German's two-out double in the bottom of the sixth scored Tony Pena Jr., who had bunted for a single. It was German's seventh RBI on this homestand.

Left-hander Scott Olsen (5-6) took the loss, giving up five runs -- four earned -- and 10 hits with three walks. He struck out five. Olsen was 3-1 with a 1.36 earned run average in five career interleague starts before Sunday. Several of the hits off Olsen were bloops.

"Those kind of things happen. It's frustrating, but it's part of the game," Marlins manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "Last night they hit rocket-ball double plays."

Aaron Boone's sacrifice fly in the second scored Willingham, who led off the inning with a double and advanced to third on Hermida's single. It ended Bannister's streak of 18 innings without allowing an earned run.

The Royals tied it in the bottom of the inning when LaRue's single to center scored Alex Gordon.

The Marlins went ahead 2-1 in the top of the third when Hanley Ramirez doubled to the right-center gap, scoring Alfredo Amezaga, who led off the inning with a walk.

The Royals scored three runs in the third when center fielder Carroll made two errors -- fielding and throwing -- on one play. Teahen scored on the play. Emil Brown and Alex Gordon each contributed run-producing singles in the inning.

Notes

Teahen picked up his 10th outfield assist in the third inning when Ramirez tried to stretch a double into a triple. Teahen ranks second in the majors in outfield assists. ... Marlins manager Fredi Gonzalez said he would use Carroll, just called up from Triple-A Albuquerque, in all three outfield positions. ... LHP Odalis Perez, who starts on Monday at St. Louis, is 1-5 with three no-decisions in his past nine starts for the Royals.

Pitt Gorilla
06-18-2007, 12:15 AM
What is the AL versus NL record this year? It seems clear that the AL is dominating, to nobody's surprise.

BigRock
06-18-2007, 12:29 AM
Royals have the same number of wins now as the White Sox, I think.

keg in kc
06-18-2007, 01:24 AM
Royals have the same number of wins now as the White Sox, I think.They do. They've played 4 or 5 fewer games, however.

According to the post-game show, KC's 18-16 in their last 34, and that's including the 7-game losing streak they had on the homestand before this one. They're playing pretty good ball and they've been doing it for a while.

Gordon's now hitting .215. It appears keeping him with the big league team may have been the right decision, as his average has gone up @40 points in the last week and a half.

The team was 18-49 at this time last year, but they went on to win 10 of their next 15 games to get their 28th victory on July 4th in front of a home crowd against the Twins. They'll be hard-pressed to match that this year with 3 road series and then home dates against the White Sox and Mariners.

kcchiefsus
06-18-2007, 02:46 AM
They do. They've played 4 or 5 fewer games, however.

According to the post-game show, KC's 18-16 in their last 34, and that's including the 7-game losing streak they had on the homestand before this one. They're playing pretty good ball and they've been doing it for a while.

Gordon's now hitting .215. It appears keeping him with the big league team may have been the right decision, as his average has gone up @40 points in the last week and a half.

The team was 18-49 at this time last year, but they went on to win 10 of their next 15 games to get their 28th victory on July 4th in front of a home crowd against the Twins. They'll be hard-pressed to match that this year with 3 road series and then home dates against the White Sox and Mariners.

How would it be hard to get to 28 victories by July 4th? They are already at 28 victories. Or am I misunderstanding what you are trying to say?

Sure-Oz
06-18-2007, 09:16 AM
They should've moved to the NL in 97, we seem to own the NL. Great homestand.

keg in kc
06-18-2007, 12:00 PM
How would it be hard to get to 28 victories by July 4th? They are already at 28 victories. Or am I misunderstanding what you are trying to say?I meant that it may be hard for them to win 10 of their next 15. Which would mean that by July 4th, the disparity between their record last year and their record this year would be less.

crazycoffey
06-18-2007, 12:02 PM
Royals playing the Cards tonight? Taking the kids to a cardinal game and overheard someone say they tought it was the Royals, but they just played last week.

I know, I can look it up, but I'm here for a few moments and this is what I am posting about.

StcChief
06-18-2007, 12:08 PM
Yep. it's game 4 of the 2007 Royals World Series at new Busch tonite. :p