Posted at 10:58 PM on April 26, 2006
by Josh Lee
The Kansas City Royals have an offense that is arguably the worst in the league: As a team, they have the fewest hits, the fewest runs, the worst on-base percentage, the second worst slugging percentage, and the third worst batting average. Mike Sweeney has been scuffling, and didn't even play in tonight's game against the Twins; his backup, Matt Stairs, had zero hits coming into the game. Outside of Mark Grudzielanek, the Royals' lineup ranges from unimpressive to embarrassing.
Well, the Twins have never been a team to let another team outdo them. After accidentally mounting a come-from-not-very-far-behind victory last night, Minnesota's hitters came into their next game focused and ready to do what they had to in order to show KC what a bad night at the plate really looks like. So while Grudzielanek went 3-for-4 with a triple and two runs, and Stairs got his first hit of the season (a double, no less), the Twins racked up a measly four hits on the way to a 1-3 loss.
The only thing to mar an otherwise perfectly unremarkable outing was a solid home run by Justin Morneau, because even when you're trying to outdo another team in a non-hit-off, an 0-for-19 hitless streak is not something you want to extend if you have any choice in the matter. I'm still not convinced, however, that he wasn't trying to pop it up, only to be surprised by his own strength; the kid really reminds of Bam-Bam sometimes.