TORONTO (AP) -- Runelvys Hernandez picked a perfect time to throw
Kansas City's first shutout by a starter in more than two years.
Today's nomination for Upset Of The Year: The Royals defeated Roy Halladay and the Blue Jays, 2-0. It was the first time in 14 years that a team with the outright worst record in the majors defeated the pitcher who was the majors' outright leader in wins ("outright" meaning not tied for the lead). Halladay led the majors with 16 victories going into Saturday's game. The last time this happened was Aug. 30, 1992, when the Phillies (52-75) beat the Braves and Tom Glavine (19-4).
Hernandez outpitched Blue Jays ace Roy Halladay for his first
career shutout, leading the Royals over Toronto 2-0 Saturday."When you are facing a guy like Halladay you have to give your
best," Hernandez said. "I tried my best. I played with my heart
because he's a competitor."Hernandez (4-8) allowed seven hits in his eighth start since
being recalled from the minors. He struck out four and walked one
in Kansas City's first shutout by a starter since Brian Anderson
did it August 4, 2004, against the Chicago White Sox. The Royals'
two other shutouts this year were combined efforts.Hernandez threw 86 of his 121 pitches for strikes."He was awesome," Kansas City manager Buddy Bell said. "He
wasn't in the middle of the plate at all. He was in and out,
changing speeds."Mark Teahen and Ryan Shealy homered for the Royals, who ended a
three-game losing skid."We needed this too," Bell said. "We needed this kind of a
game. We haven't had one all year, I don't think. It was awesome."Teahen homered off the right-field foul screen in the first.
Shealy homered to center off Halladay in the second."You don't see Halladay outpitched very often so this is pretty
big," Teahen said. "You know Halladay is going to keep the score
down, so your guy has to really step it up and he did today."Halladay (16-4) lost despite pitching a four-hitter for his
fourth complete game of the season. The 2003 AL Cy Young Award
retired 12 straight after Shealy's homer. He struck out seven and
walked one."It seems like there's always a couple of those every year
where basically you get outpitched sometimes," Halladay said.
"Those are the toughest ones. You tip your hat, swallow your pride
and go back to work the next day."Toronto hasn't won consecutive games in two weeks.Bell was ejected in the fifth for arguing balls and strikes. He
was upset that plate umpire Joe West didn't call a strike on
Toronto's Alex Rios after a checked swing.It's the sixth ejection of the season for Bell and the second
from West. Bell yelled at West that he was "awful" in a
profanity-laced rant just before he left the dugout.
Hernandez has pitched six or more innings in only six of
his 15 starts this season. His previous career high for innings was
8 1/3 against Detroit on Sept. 15, 2002. ... Toronto hasn't won
consecutive games in two weeks.