The fall of Jose Lima
On the radio pre-game show today, Royals GM Allard Baird was asked what would happen if Jose Lima had another bad start. Baird's response was that Lima "knows the ramifications" of another poor outing.
I think we're going to find out what those ramifications are. Upon being spotted yet another four-run lead, Lima went out in the third inning and immediately gave all four runs back, courtesty of homeruns by Rod Barahas and Alfonso Soriano (on a belt-high 90 mph meatball), sandwiched around back-to-back doubles by Mark Teixeira and Hank Blalock. The damage could have been worse, had RCB favorite David DeJesus not robbed a potential HR off the bat of Kevin Mench to end the inning.
Coming back out for the fourth inning, Lima immediately set to work doing more damage, giving up a walk and two singles, which gave the Rangers the lead, 5-4. Sensing that things were about to get much worse, Manager of the Year candidate Buddy Bell summoned Steve Stemle from the bullpen. Stemle got out of the jam without any further damage.
Lima's line: 3.2 IP, 7 H, 5 ER (current ERA - 8.39), 2 BB, 2 HR
That should do it. Stay tuned.