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.