Have I mentioned recently that the Royals went into tonight's game losers of 10 of their last 12? Well, take a wild guess what happened? Yep, they wasted another solid Gil Meche outing and robbed the ace of another win as Ramon Ramirez and (of all people) Joakim Soria were effed up in the 8th for five runs as the Tribe won it 8-5.
K.C. led 5-3 going into the inning. Hillman (despite claiming pitch counts wouldn't affect his decisions to yank pitchers this season) pulled Meche after he allowed just two hits (both homers) in seven innings of solid effort on the hill. In came Ramirez for the 57th time this season and he immediately gave up a Kelly Shoppach solo shot.
After walking a batter and giving up a sac bunt, Hillman summoned the Mexicutioner and he promptly walked another hitter before getting Mexicuted by Franklin Gutierrez on a 91 MPH fastball to make it 7-5 Cleveland. Soria followed that by allowing another run before Hillman finally brought Jeff Fulchino in to record the final out.
It just keeps getting worse as the season goes along. Last year the Royals finished strong. This year they are going south.
Soria blew just his third save of the season. He is now 33 for 36 in save opportunities this year.