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Zack Greinke Shuts Down Detroit, Strengthens Cy Young Case

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The Royals continued their late-season dominance of the tranquilized Tigers Thursday afternoon, thanks to a strong start from Zack Greinke and a huge day by the usually impotent Royals offense.

Greinke struck out eight Tigers in just five innings, allowing only three hits and zero runs in the process. On the season, Greinke's ERA now stands at 2.14, easily tops in the American League. Greinke's good fortune on Thursday was that, unexpectedly, his Royal teammates actually helped him out. 

Because of that run-support, Greinke was able to pick up his (stupidly) important pitcher win, moving to 14-8 on the season. In five starts against Detroit this season, Greinke's ERA is 1.00. Imagine if Greinke got to face the Royals? Ask Cliff Lee how that can work out for you. There are so many absurd Greinke stats out there, and as many have ointed out, he's not just having the best season of anyone in the American League, he's having one of the greatest seasons ever.

Royal hitters banged out twelve hits and drew six (!) walks. Tigers pitchers seemingly fell behind all day (when the Royals draw six pitches against you, you suck) and the Royals made them pay. Miguel Olivo blasted a three run homer early, but the real highlight of the day was Josh Anderson's epic three-run blast in the sixth. It was truly a magical moment for Royals fans, as Anderson enacted some sweet sweet revenge against his hated former team, the Tigers. No mention of this game would be complete without bowing down before St. Willie Bloomquist, who had four hits. Really, this was Trey's dream lineup out there today (well except for Gordon, who was lifted late) and it randomly worked out. Yay!

Although the Royals had an 8-0 lead in the 6th, the game started to look interesting thanks to a predictably quick two-run homer allowed by Bruce Chen. An inning later, Chen injured himself, bringing in Farnsworth. An inning later, Farnsworth fell down making a pitch, but stayed in the game. The glorious win was concluded with a garbage time inning from Soria.

So, now that the Royals are winning games again, are wins supposed to matter or not? I know Dayton and Trey are extremely concerned about the problems caused by a need for instant gratification in our society.