Snyder awful as Royals drop sixth straight...
Ughh. This is getting hard to watch. Even when the Royals led the last two nights, RC knew that it probably wasn't going to last. Kyle Snyder was predictably bad, putting up a line of 3.1 IP, 8 H, 5 ER, 1 BB, and 1 K. Shawn Camp took over in the fourth inning, and he wasn't much better. However, after Camp left, the bullpen returned to form, closing out the game (3.1 IP) and surrendering only one more run. Mike MacDougal was on again tonight, blowing away the Sox in order in the eighth, and Jimmy Gobble pitched very well in his inning, except for a wild pitch that allowed the eighth Red Sox run to score.
There were some bright spots on offense. Emil Brown hit the ball hard in every one of his at bats, collecting a homer and a triple for his efforts. It would be great if Brown could get hot again after a miserable .265/.302/.365 July. Mike Sweeney also contributed by smashing a solo shot completely out of the stadium. But of course, it wasn't enough.
For the second straight night, Manny Ramirez hit a 3-run bomb...before leaving the game after colliding with SS Edgar Renteria in the second inning. RC feels a little guilty for admitting this, but we cracked a bit of a smile when saw Manny laid out on the outfield grass. We knew he wasn't seriously hurt, but we were also sure that he'd milk his "injury" for everything it was worth. We don't expect to see him in the lineup tomorrow, either, so perhaps KC will take one of these games.
The Royals send D.J. Carrasco to the mound to face Matt Clement, who himself is making his first start since getting nailed in the head with a line drive off the bat of Carl Crawford a little over a week ago. It would be nice if the Royals could give him a rude welcome back. It's a day game, so don't forget to record it if you have to work, like RC.
Justin Huber was forced to cool his jets tonight, as Omaha had the night off, and Wichita got shut out on only four hits in their game against Tulsa. The Mavs are currently involved in what looks like another slugfest, but Billy Butler is hitless so far in two at bats. We'll keep you posted.