Kevin Slowey pitched all 9 innings, allowing just 6 hits and 1 run. He walked none and struck out 6, plus needed just 101 pitches to finish the game. 74 of those were strikes, which is a really impressive number.

 

Delmon Young got the night off, ending his streak of 217 consecutive games played. It shows that Gardy truly didn’t care about the streak because Delmon could’ve pinch-hit and the streak would’ve stayed alive, but he never did.

 

Carlos Gomez jump started the team from the leadoff position, going 4-for-5 with a double and a run scored, plus he drove in two. He did however get caught stealing twice. I wasn’t able to watch the game so I’m not sure, but I’d guess that a failed hit-and-run was involved. Either that or he just couldn’t get a good read on the pitcher.

 

The hapless Royals have now lost 11 in a row. That streak seemed to be ending before Craig Monroe‘s 9th inning blast a couple days ago

 

After sweeping the Royals, the team heads home to face the Yankees. Glen Perkins pitches tonight and it should be a great game because he’s been pitching extremely well recently.

 

Boof Bonser is penciled in to start tomorrow’s game, but it’s more than likely his last start for quite some time. Scott Baker also starts on Saturday, but for his rehab assignment, and it’s generally considered that if Baker pitches well and can come back to the ML team, Bonser is the odd-man out and will be sent to the ‘pen. With Perkins’ 4 quality starts in 4 total starts and Slowey’s complete game last night, and the emergence of Nick Blackburn and Livan Hernandez‘s contract, who else could it be?

 

Also, the team claimed a LHP off of waivers from the Indians, named Craig Breslow. It’s assumed that he’ll join the bullpen so that Dennys Reyes won’t get overworked (even though his last outing saw him throw one pitch, get the out, and get pulled for another reliever). My guess would be that Bobby Korecky gets sent down because frankly, he doesn’t pitch enough up here. Breslow is only 28 years old and has a career 2.95 ERA in the Majors in 34 total games (36 and 2/3 innings pitched). He has walked 24 in those innings but also struck out 33 and given up just 2 homers. It seems like a solid acquisition.

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