On one hand, it was a dominating performance, and on the other a little shaky.   Royals’ starting pitcher Brian Bannister bent but he never broke in the first inning Monday night against the Blue Jays in the Royals’ 7-1 win. 

Bannister got run support and moves to 2-0 after he walked seven on the night including two in the first inning which led to Toronto’s only run, but after that settled in and worked his way through seven innings never allowing another hit while walking just four more. 

Down 1-0, Jose Guillen quickly gave the Royals a 2-1 lead with his first homer of the night off Toronto starter David Purcey.  Miguel Olivo blew the game open with an opposite field home run to make the score 5-1 in the fourth.  Manager Trey Hillman was especially pleased with Olivo’s homer, because Hillman says Olivo has been pulling off the ball, so it was nice to see him go with the pitch.

Guillen wasn’t done adding a solo shot in the fifth and that was all for Purcey who was hit with six earned runs all off the long ball.  As far as Bannister, he’s 2-0 since his brief stint at AAA Omaha to start the season and his ERA is 0.69.