FINAL IN ANAHEIM: Angels 6, Royals 2
Kansas City Royals starter Jeremy Guthrie had not lost a decision since August 8th of last season, posting an ERA of 2.21 over that period. So far during the 2013 season, Guthrie has gone 5-0, and has posted a 0.42 ERA in his last 3 starts. With the way this season has been going for the Angels, it looked like the Royals hurler would easily add to his recent success.
But that was before misters Pujols, Hamilton, Kendrick, and Trout decided to show up.
Tuesday night's game was how this season was supposed to be;
- Jason Vargas pitched 7 strong innings to record his second win of the season and lowering his ERA to 4.03. Vargas scattered 5 hits, while striking out 7 and walking one. His only mistake was a 6th inning home run by Billy Butler.
- The Angels power bats came out to play. Albert Pujols tied the game at 1-1 in the 4th inning on a deep homer to left. Josh Hamilton hit his first home run off of a team other than the Astros with a monster blast to deep, deep center, Howie Kendrick also went yard, hitting his 6th of the season in the 4th inning. And Mike Trout got into the power display with his 7th in the 7th.
- The Angel batters pounded out 12 hits on the night, and have won four of their last six games.
The game didn't start well, as the Halos began the third inning with a walk and two hits, only to find themselves with 2 outs, no runs, and a guy on second after two bad base running decision by Chris Iannetta and J.B. Shuck. Fortunately, the power bats led to the Angels 15th win of the season.