Friday, February 27, 2009

Royals pound Giants

Ryan Shealy pounded a three-run homer in the sixth inning to pace the Royals to a 6-1 thumping of the San Francisco Giants on Friday at the Giants' Spring Training complex.

Shealy's shot came off former Angel Ramon Ortiz with no outs and Mike Aviles and Billy Butler aboard. The homer gave the Royals a 5-0 lead and was all the support the pitching staff would need.

Seven Royals pitchers combined to allow just one run on five hits. Zack Greinke was the winner after tossing two innings and allowing 0 runs on 0 hits, 0 walks and struck out a batter. Joakim Soria tossed one inning and had one strikeout. Robinson Tejeda and Jamey Wirght each had holds with a scoreless inning apiece out of the 'pen.

Shealy finished 1-for-2 with 3RBI. Mike Aviles went 2-for-4 with an RBI and Miguel Olivo finished 2-for-3.

Randy Johnson took the loss for the Giants. He gave up a run on one hit through two innings of work.

NOTES: Despite the win, the Royals stranded 16 runners ... Stranding runners was a problem with last year's club, so you can bet Trey Hillman didn't like what he saw on Friday ... Miguel Olivo threw out a basestealer, but was also caught stealing as well ... The Royals didn't commit an error defensively.

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