ANAHEIM, CA - JULY 24: Albert Pujols #5 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim is attended to by team athletic trainer Adam Nevala after fouling a pitch off his upper body against the Kansas City Royals as manager Mike Scioscia #14 watches in the third inning at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on July 24, 2012 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Jeff Golden/Getty Images)
Will Smith's of Kansas City - 4, Tommy Lee Jones' of Anaheim - 1
Will Smith (2-3), a throw-in in the 2010 Alberto Callaspo - Sean O'Sullivan trade, held the Angels (53-45) to one run on 2 hits over 7 innings. The Halo loss drops the club into a tie with the Oakland A's for second place in the A.L. West division.
The Royals (41-55) scored 2 runs in both the first and second innings off of Angel right-hander Garrett Richards (3-2), the first two coming on a Lorenzo Cain home run to left. The Angels were able to cut the KC lead in half in the bottom of the first when Mark Trumbo hit a one-out single to left, scoring Torii Hunter from second base. That would be the extent of any Angel rallies as the were held hitless over the next 7 innings. The feeble effort from the Halo hitters also ended Mike Trout's 15-game run scoring streak. Trout managed to draw a walk in the ninth inning, but was stranded when Hunter popped out to end the inning.
With the Texas Rangers losing at home against the Boston Red Sox, 2-1, the Angels remain 5 games behind the defending division champs, but the Halo loss drops the team into a tie with Oakland who have won 15 of their last 17 games.
It looked like it was going to be an early exit for starter Garrett Richards, as he allowed 4 runs on 5 hits in the first two innings. However, he settled down after the second and held the Royals hitless over his last 3 innings. Jerome Williams took over in the 6th inning and kept the Angels in the game by shutting out Kansas City in his 4 innings.
Jered Weaver (12-1, 2.20 ERA) gets the start tomorrow in the final game of their 3-game set against the Royals. Kansas City sends right-hander Luke Hochevar (6-8, 4.91 ERA) to the hill in the 12:35pm day game.
Blame of the game?
Garrett Richards (122 votes)
Howard Kendrick (115 votes)
Jerry Dipoto (for not trading Richards and Kendrick to Tampa Bay) (94 votes)
331 total votes