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BOD: August 13th

BOD: I'm going with Teahen. Mark was involved in all 4 run-scoring innings, including a HR, and perhaps as impressively, a great AB where he drew a walk against a pretty damn tough lefty reliever, which led to two key insurance runs. That leads to:

SK: Ross Gload. Ross broke out of a recent funk (albeit, a fairly short funk) with a key two run triple that salted the game away. Prior to that, he came in as a defensive replacement and made a very good sliding catch to end the 7th inning when the game was somewhat still in doubt.

HM: I'm tired of recognizing the bullpen win after win, so, in spite of my better judgement, I'm going to acknowledge the much maligned Odalis Perez. He was his usual eminantly hittable self, but he did two things differently than normal that allowed for a win. First, after the Royals scored twice in the third to give him a 3-2 lead, he came out in the 4th and shut the Jays down with a 1-2-3 inning, including 2 strikeouts. That's always an important half-inning, after your offense has done something good. The second thing Perez did well was in the 5th, when he was tiring and gave up 3 singles to load the bases with two outs. This was the key moment of the game, in my mind. Perez managed to find a little extra and struck out Frank Thomas. When the smoke cleared, the Kaufman faithful could see that Odalis Wallenda had indeed made it thru 5 innings, and his high wire act was concluded for the evening.

MVO: With apologies to shortstop McDonald, MVO goes to the Toronto infield. The three other infielders each committed a costly error, without which the Royals quite possibly would not have won this game. Thank you, Aaron Hill, Lyle Overbay, and Hector Luna. Your help is always appreciated.

This FanPost was written by a member of the Royals Review community. It does not necessarily reflect the views of the editors and writers of this site.

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