If we we're feeling hasty -- or if this was college football, either way -- I'd write 5,000 words this morning about how horrible the Angel pitching staff is compared to the one in Boston. The Red Sox held us to 4 runs in 3 games, while we've already scored 17 against the Angels, in two games!. Can you believe it?
Of course, this is baseball, so its all just random data floating against a blue screen of life. In the words of Spandau Ballet, "I know this much is true" the Angels are running into a Royal buzzsaw and Runelyvs Hernandez won the fat-man battle last night.
A Big Man Working Hard
Runelyvs went 7 deep, allowing only 5 hits and 3 walks, while incredibly striking out 6, his highest total with the Royals this season. Moreover, he dropped his ERA from 7.44 to 6.75. His trade value must be skyrocketing!! After the game, Run' had this great quote, "I don't want to go back, I want to do my best to stay here and help my team." Needless to say, he's not the first person who's tried to escape Omaha.
"Getting larger in waist and taste"- Notorious B.I.G.
Most excitingly, the Royals blasted two three-run homers, the team's first since the third game of the Detroit series. Emil smoked two doubles, and Gator mixed in a triple. Grudzielanek's homer was his first since June 14, against the Angels.
For no real reason Mac the Ninth took the final inning for the Royals, and despite allowing a hit, still managed his second scoreless inning of his young season.
Gubes was honored, and the Royals win. Everybody have fun tonight!
Finally, coming into the series, the Angels had a 32% chance of winning the AL West according to BP's Playoff Odds Report. After two epic spoiler victories from the Royals, those odds are at 23.6%.
This is possibly Buddy Bell's greatest achievement as a human being.