Play it again -- Orioles 6, Royals 4

April 15, 2007|By STEPHEN WHYNO

Gomez grand slam

With the bases loaded in the bottom of the sixth, first baseman Chris Gomez drilled the ball over the left-field fence, turning a lackluster effort from the Orioles into a two-run lead. His grand slam came just after Kevin Millar's pop fly dropped between three Royals. It was Gomez's second career grand slam and the team's second in two games. After 12 games, the Orioles have hit more grand slams (two) than they did all last season.

Bottom's up

Generally, not much is expected from the No. 9 hitter in the lineup, especially when that player is a backup catcher. But Alberto Castillo did more than enough to make up for a passed ball in the third inning, getting two hits and two walks while also scoring twice. With Ramon Hernandez almost ready to rejoin the Orioles, Castillo left the team and fans with a fond memory in what could be his final start.

Out of trouble

Reliever John Parrish got himself into a dangerous jam in the seventh, surrendering a single and hitting a batter to start the inning. Then, he quickly and single-handedly got out of it. Parrish struck out the heart of Kansas City's lineup, including pinch-hitting slugger Mike Sweeney. Parrish not only preserved the lead, but also quelled the Royals' only late-game rally.

On deck

Jeremy Guthrie is slated to start today, if the game is played (there is rain in the forecast). Guthrie has made two relief appearances this season, recording a 3.18 ERA. Zack Greinke, who is 1-1 with a 1.38 ERA, will start for the Royals.

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