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Game 87: July 11, 2009 Royals9L: Gil Meche (4-9)37-50, 2 game losing streak Red Sox15W: John Smoltz (1-2)H: Hideki Okajima (17)H: Daniel Bard (1)53-34, 2 game winning streak Highlights: U! G! L! Y! You ain’t got no alibi! You ugly! Hey, hey! You ugly! Last night’s slugfest stood in stark contrast to Friday evening’s pitchers’ duel, but it was a win nonetheless. There were some beautiful moments for the rookies, however. Aaron Bates notched his first big league hit, an RBI ground ball single up the middle in the eighth inning. Daniel Bard was the only effective arm out of the bullpen: the lanky right-hander entered the seventh with two men on and none out courtesy of Hideki Okajima. Bard struck out the first two batters and induced a ground ball out to keep the Royals at bay. Tony Peña, Jr. demonstrated early in the game why Trey Hillman needs to switch him out for a defensive replacement if the game is winnable. With runners on first and second with one out the shortstop fielded a room service double play ground ball off the bat of Jason Bay smoothly enough. However, Peña’s throw flew wide of Billy Butler’s glove, which...


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