He did it.
Luis Mendoza, the Royals pitcher we wrote about yesterday, went seven strong innings last night for the Royals against the Detroit Tigers, gave up two runs and six hits. He struck out three Tigers and walked three and got his first major league victory since August 3, 2008.
Mendoza was the Pacific Coast League Pitcher of the Year who was called up to The Show on the day he was supposed to pitch for the Omaha Storm Chasers against the Columbus Clippers for the championship of all of Triple-A ball. His replacement for Omaha, Sean O’Sullivan, gave up six runs on six hits and Omaha lost to Columbus 8-3.
But there’s a consolation prize of sorts for O’Sullivan. He and a handful of other Omaha players will be joining Mendoza with the Royals for the last few games of the season.
All of which means the baseball season is about finished. The Cardinals appear to be peaking at the right time. Let’s hope they didn’t wait too long to do it. They might buy us a little more time of sun and green fields and the warmth of a game even as days grow chill. But there’s no escaping the end that is near. The trees will go bare. Temperatures will turn cold. Snow will fall. Days will be short and dark. A new legislative session will start before joy and hope return to the world. And maybe Luis Mendoza will keep living the dream.