May 12: Houston 17, Kansas City 6
Well, KC had been one of the better teams at preventing runs until this fiasco. Kevin Appier’s good start to the year took a nosedive after all eight batters he faced in the second inning reached safely. It’s the kind of meltdown inning that is unfortunately not a rare occurrence in the Rhubarb. (I blame the moron that made the cards more offense-heavy than intended.) Every Astro had a hit, Bob Watson knocked three singles and a dinger, and Lance Berkman was perfect with a walk, three singles, a double, and a dong.
R H BB HOU 170 240 003 - 17 23 3 KC 200 000 112 - 6 9 5 HR: L. Berkman (8), B. Watson (6) starters IP R ER HR BB SO N. Ryan 8.0 4 4 0 4 5 K. Appier 1.0 8 8 0 2 0 HOU 16-18, KC 17-19
May 13: Kansas City 6, Houston 5
Bret Saberhagen was the only Royals starter who could somewhat contain Houston in the series. After allowing two runs through eight innings, things almost got away from KC in the ninth. Saberhagen gave up a double and a single to the first two batters, prompting a pitching change to Greg Holland, who promptly served up a triple to Dickie Thon. Holland got the next two batters on ground-outs, but Jose Cruz knocked in Thon with a single and suddenly the tying run was on first. Holland threw a grounder to Jeff Bagwell to end the threat and the game.
Lance Berkman homered in his third straight game.
Darrell Porter was perfect at the plate without ever putting the ball in play. He walked his first three times up, then drilled a three run homer for what ended up being the winning runs.
Saberhagen’s strikeout to walk ratio of 7.0 is second in the league behind Johan Santana. Sabes has walked just five in 54.2 innings.
R H BB HOU 100 100 003 - 5 11 1 KC 003 000 30x - 6 12 5 HR: L. Berkman (9), D. Porter (3) starters IP R ER HR BB SO M. Scott 6.1 5 5 0 3 3 B. Saberhagen 8.0 4 3 1 1 6 HOU 16-19, KC 18-19
May 14: Houston 9, Kansas City 6
Lance Berkman made it FOUR straight games with a homer, Morgan Ensberg got four hits with a triple, Alan Ashby got three with a homer, and the Astros bashed their way to the series win. It brought them into a virtual tie for third place with KC. Berkman’s massive series shot him up the leader boards to fifth in runs created and second in wOBA.
Amos Otis was the only Royals player with an especially good day, and it was a doozy: a HBP, single, double, two homers, two stolen bases, four runs, and four RBI.
R H BB HOU 400 320 000 - 9 17 2 KC 100 021 102 - 6 10 5 HR: L. Berkman (10), A. Ashby (2), A. Otis-2 (2) starters IP R ER HR BB SO M. Cuellar 6.0 4 4 1 4 2 J. Rosado 3.2 7 7 1 2 1 HOU 17-19, KC 18-20