Baltimore’s Steve Trachsel hasn’t exactly had a good start to the season, sporting a 7.43 ERA going into last night’s game against the Royals. But the Orioles veteran right-hander pitched his game of the season yesterday, allowing two runs in just over five innings in the O’s 7-4 win.
Alex Gordon’s first inning two-run homer allowed Kansas City to jump out to an early advantage, but that’s all the Royals could scratch out against Trachsel. Mevlin Mora and Aubrey Huff would go yard off KC starter Gil Meche, and the Baltimore bullpen held on long enough to preserve the victory.
Meche allowed five runs in five innings, and admitted afterwards that his stuff – especially his curveball – wasn’t sharp.
The Royals send Brett Tomko to the hill in the second game of the series, hoping to end a two-game skid. He’ll be opposed by Garret Olsen.