Gil Meche threw 55 pitches and his lower back held up.  His outing could have looked much worse than what it turned out to be as he makes it through 2.1 innings giving up two runs.  The Royals broke out with a six run 4th inning.

Billy Butler belted a three-run homer, his second of the spring, in that inning.  Mike Jacobs’ single gave him his seventh RBI. Mitch Maier got an inside-the-park homer as his high drive hit the wall and rolled away from the outfielders. The two RBIs gave Maier a club-high nine.

Manager Trey Hillman talks about Meche’s outing.  Hillman decided to send Meche out for the third inning after he cruised through the first and wiggled out of a bases loaded jam in the second with no outs only allowing one run.

Hillman is happy with Jacobs’ approach for being a better two strike hitter and what can you say about Mitch Maier.  I started following this guy at AAA Omaha and when he got called up at the end of last year where he hit .286 in 34 games.  This guy is a spark plug and I hope Hillman can find a spot for him on the roster.

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