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June 23, 2010 12:35 AM

Ed Lucas' big night wasted in loss

Tonight in Des Moines, Ed Lucas fell just a double shy of the cycle and drove in five runs. It was only the 2nd time in his career that he's homered and tripled in the same game - the other one was July 24, 2008.

The O-Royals ended up losing 8-7 to the I-Cubs. After the Royals put up 4 runs in the first inning (three of which came on a Lucas home run), Gaby Hernandez coughed up the lead, and thensome. By the time Hernandez's day was done, he had given up seven runs, all earned. The Royals clawed back, thanks to a 2-run triple from Lucas.

David Lough, by the way, doubled and homered tonight as well. But the bats weren't enough to hold off the I-Cubs. Blaine Hardy was brought in to hold the tie in the 8th. Around the Kansas City game and College World Series shenanigans, I never did hear if anyone was warming up, but Hardy threw a lot of pitches. He really faltered in the 9th, and could not get out of it. Iowa won, 8-7.

Other tidbits from tonight:

Scott Thorman and Kila Ka'aihue each walked 3 times.
Matt Herges struck out two in his perfect inning of work.
The two home runs Hernandez gave up were in the same inning. The two doubles he gave up were back-to-back. Crap happens in pairs, I guess?

The loss drops the O-Royals out of first place; Nashville has now taken the lead. More about the divisional standings tomorrow...tonight, it's time to go to bed so I can wake up for some jingoism soccer. U-S-A! U-S-A! U-S-A!

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