Brian Bannister was credited with two wild pitches Wednesday. (Steve Nesius/AP)
By Dick Kaegel / MLB.com
Brian Bannister never found his footing, as he was hit hard from the get-go en route to exiting after 3 2/3 frames in an eight-run hole. While his struggles didn't help, the Royals' offense didn't give him a chance to rebound -- as Kansas City's bats were kept silent by Jeff Niemann during the club's sixth-straight loss.
BATTING 2B: Pena, C (10, Bannister, B), Upton, B (10, Bannister, B). HR: Zobrist (10, 4th inning off Bannister, B, 3 on, 2 out), Navarro, D (3, 5th inning off Mahay, 0 on, 1 out). TB: Gross 2; Upton, B 3; Crawford, C 2; Pena, C 2; Zobrist 4; Navarro, D 4; Aybar, W; Brignac. RBI: Pena, C (42), Upton, B 2 (11), Zobrist 4 (32), Navarro, D (12). 2-out RBI: Pena, C; Zobrist 4. Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Joyce; Navarro, D; Pena, C 2. Team RISP: 4-for-10. Team
BASERUNNING SB: Crawford, C 2 (33, 2nd base off Bannister, B/Olivo, 2nd base off Bannister, B/Olivo), Joyce (1, 2nd base off Bannister,
B/Olivo), Upton, B (17, 3rd base off Bannister, B/Olivo).
Game Scores: Bannister, B , Niemann . WP: Bannister, B 2. Pitches-strikes: Bannister, B 91-55, Mahay 33-20, Ramirez, H 11-8, Farnsworth 11-7, Soria 13-10, Colon, R 4-3, Niemann
100-69. Groundouts-flyouts: Bannister, B 5-2, Mahay 2-0, Ramirez, H 2-1, Farnsworth 1-0, Soria 1-0, Colon, R 0-0, Niemann 7-7. Batters faced: Bannister, B 23, Mahay 8, Ramirez, H 3, Farnsworth 3, Soria 3, Colon, R 1, Niemann 30. Inherited runners-scored: Colon, R 1-0. Umpires: HP: Larry Vanover. 1B: Dan Iassogna. 2B: Sam Holbrook.
3B: Charlie Reliford. Weather: 72 degrees, dome. Wind: Indoors. T: 2:36. Att:
15,256. Venue: Tropicana Field. June 3, 2009 June 3, 2009
Box score official statistics approved by Major League Baseball Office of the Commissioner