Among the positives from yesterday, both John Bale and Luke Hochevar turned in solid outings, with Bale striking out the side in the 1st (before giving up a run in the 2nd) and Hochevar retiring all six batters he faced without letting the ball out of the infield. He did this, by the way, with the flu, and if you remember the last time the flu hit you, how you laid on the couch and granted entry to the likes of Lindsay Lohan and Jamie Spears with the sound of Mark Steines' voice filling your existence (Entertainment Tonight, anyone? Or is that just me when I get sick?), maybe you can better appreciate Hochevar's effort.
New acquisitions Brian Lawrence, Ron Mahay and Yasuhiko Yabuta didn't do nearly as well. Box score.
Anyway, nearly all recaps I've read have neglected to mention the exploits of 26-year-old Mike Stodolka, but not us. This pitcher-turned-3B/OF pinch-ran for Billy Butler and scored the Royals' only run. The picture of him to the right is courtesy of John Sleezer of the KC Star. Keep up the good work, Mike. Make Fontana, California, proud.