How's that? The Royals pulled out a come-from-behind win against the White Sox this afternoon, rallying for two runs in the bottom of the ninth to tie before pushing over the winning run in the tenth to win, 6-5.
|Marvin Hudson: "Wouldn't have believed it if I hadn't seen it, Getzie..."|
Chris Getz: "Yup, three lifetime HRs, three intentional walks."
Ned Yost: "Hell, that's three more IBBs than I had in my whole career!"
Omogrosso, trying to get something over for a strike, then served up a hittable pitch to Alex Gordon, who singled in the winning run.
Someone please send the following note to Robin: less is more. Don't get too tactical with a guy like Getz, for Crissakes! The one thing that the well-traveled Kottaras can do is take pitches, and that's just what he did, passing along the inning to someone--Gordon--who can really hit. That red "L" goes on your forehead, Mr. V.)
The Royals are now 17-10, which is their best first sixth of the season since 2003, when they started 18-9. That was also the last year in which they finished over .500.
Interestingly, this is a team that has rarely started well out of the box: that 18-9 start in '03 was the best "first sixth" in franchise history. They've started 17-10 only two times previously--in 1973 (eventual finish: 88-74) and in 1989 (eventual finish: 92-70).
|If Alcides keeps this up for another|
year, they just might name a
restaurant after him...
The next fortnight will provide a much better idea of whether what we've seen thus far can be sustained deep into the season. After one more with the (very) Pale Hose, KC will see three .500+ teams (O's, Yankees, A's) with a trip to Anaheim to play the underachieving Angels. If they play .500 ball through that stretch, then we might all begin to think that their retooled starting staff can stay in the top half of the league.
You know what we say here, so say it in unison: stay tuned.