throws a four hit shutout against the D-Backs.
Meche, however, was not about to turn this game over to the bullpen, although Hillman had Joakim Soria and John Bale warming up.
"If I was really tired or if I felt my arm was getting heavy after 110, I would have taken myself out," Meche said. "It is my career, too. By going out there, I've got to make sure I'm good enough to throw. That's why I made the decision. I told him, 'Look I feel fine. Let me go out there and get it.' So he let me do it.
"I think everyone in this clubhouse understands when the starting pitcher has a chance to get a shutout, you don't want to waste it. It doesn't happen too often, especially for me. It's good to finally get one as a Royal. I don't have too many complete games [six], much less shutouts, and I wanted to go out there and get this one and felt I had a good chance to do it.
"It took a lot of pitches, especially on the last guy, he was killing me, but I was able to finish it."
"It is something about the heat that brings back the Cajun in me," Meche said. "Pitching in summer leagues and in high school [in Louisiana], sweating my butt off, something about it I like doing it. One thing that helped me out was [Doug] Davis worked so slow, it helped me out between innings, kinda caught my breath, cooled off in the batting cage with the AC. I felt pretty fresh."
Meche is 14-4 for his career in interleague play.
Former Mariner and current Royal Willie Bloomquist went 1-4 and scored a run. He is hitting .290 (40-138) for the season. (.290/.351/.391). He has 12 sb with 2 cs.
Also with the Royals is Jose Guillen is hitting (.254/.348/.405/.753) 7 hr and 27 rbi.
Tug Hulett pinch ran and scored a run.
EDIT: Add Hulett note.
Edited by senior octobre, 17 June 2009 - 05:48 AM.
Mariner Central Adopt-A-Players:
Douglas Anthony Peterson (DJ) ~ (.223/.287/.344/.632 promoted to Tacoma 8/1. On DL 8/5 abandoned his old swing in '15 and half way thru returned to it. Octobre's advice: see ball hit ball.
Luis Liberato ~ @ Everett a ten and five guy: 10 2B, 5 3B, 5 HR, in 181 AB's. Was crushing the ball before oblique strain sidelined him for 2 weeks. Looking forward to 2016
Tom Wilhelmsen ~ Big Club; Closer by default and doing well.
Mike Zunino ~ Busted back to Tacoma and now Arizona Instructional League. He can do it. Get away from analysis paralysis and get in tough with Edgar's inner Zen. Lloyd says he's still the guy.
Jack Reinheimer ~ in the D-Backs System @ Mobile BayBears in 58 games .269/.345/.379/.724 23BB/38K Arizona Fall League in his future!!!
Victor Sanchez ~ RIP
Greg Halman ~ RIP