Shortstop Erick Aybar had three hits, scored three runs and was in the on-deck circle for a monster Mike Napoli homerun as the Angels took care of the Royals in the first game of Doubleheader Tuesday afternoon.
Ervin Santana did not pitch well, throwing heat with no movement and allowing 8 hits and 5 earned runs, but his 7 strikeouts helped his cause and a bullpen trio of Darren Oliver, Kevin Jepsen and Brian Fuentes shutout the Kansas City squad. Fuentesaurus notched his 29th save.
The Royals did not go gently into that good night, bashing Santana's straight heat, and the Angels did not put away KC Starter Sidney Ponson when they had the chance to. Leading 4-1, Gary Matthews Jr. grounded into a buzzkill double play to miss out on a chance to put away the Aruban Dark Knight for good.
Panther of the Game
Aybar (194 votes)
Jepsen (15 votes)
209 total votes