Meche Pitches Royals to Win
It didn't exactly start out the way he would have liked as Meche gave up a run in his first inning pitching as a Royal. "I've never admitted to being nervous because I never really have," Meche confessed, "But for this one, it was a little nerve-racking."
But that run would be the last for the Red Sox.
"You know, after the first inning I settled down, made some good pitches, mix it up, mix it up, all my pitches up," said Meche. "I threw a lot of off speed for strikes which is key."
Meche pitched into the eighth inning, becoming the first Royal to do so on opening day since Bret Saberhagen in 1988. But Meche unlike Saberhagen, came out victorious."Gil makes it easy," Royals' catcher John Buck said. "There's a lot of options of fingers you can put down and make an unhittable pitch, and you know he stuck to his game plan and threw good pitches."
Meche struck out six on the day and allowed just a half dozen hits.
"You know I can't be more happier with the way I pitched and the way the team played," Meche said.
Meche did his part, and his other teammates did the rest. "Went and tied up the score for him, and told him, you keep us in the game and we will too," Buck said. "I think he just fed off that and pitched well."
"I tell you what, we just played a good game overall," Meche added. "It was a good win; pitching, defense was tremendous. We hit the ball, made some great key hits in situations where we needed some RBIs, and lot of guys had some good days."
Giving the Royals an opening day win. After an off day today, the Royals will send lefty Odalis Perez to the mound Wednesday against the Red Sox Josh Beckett.