Thursday, August 2, 2007

Royal redemption in Metrodome

Twins officials contemplated canceling Wednesday's game, but were concerned that an influx of traffic into the area could impede rescue vehicles.

With that as the backdrop, the Royals completed a come-from-behind victory in the 10th when Alex Gordon, capping a 2-for-5 night, blasted a two-run homer to right-center. He now has eight on the year and is batting .243. Not bad, considering his season average stayed below .200 until June 14.

Overall, the game was highly entertaining, about as nice a three-hour diversion as one could have asked for -- well-pitched on both ends (Brian Bannister's last three starts: 21 innings, four earned runs), rallies for both sides, executed hit-and-runs, infield singles, double plays, plays at the plate and extra innings... but not too many extras as to bore the 24,880 who made it out.

Not all was perfect, however: Joey Gathright, recently recalled (to my approval), lost two balls in the lights, in the 2nd and 4th. The error in the 4th cost the Royals a run. For that, we'd like to paraphrase Chip Diller: Thank you Hanky Dome! May I have another?

What a terrible place to play baseball. The groundbreaking ceremony for the new stadium can't happen fast enough (it was scheduled for today, but postponed). The days of artificial turf and ash-colored roofs are over, unless you're the franchise in Tampa Bay, in which case you have many other problems.

Gathright made a running snag of a line drive to end the game, securing the save for new closer Joakim Soria, so all's forgiven.

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