Things haven't exactly been all gravy in Angels Land recently, with some series losses in the back of their minds, and a split series against the Blue Jays this past weekend being one of the few bright spots. Yeah, splitting the series against Toronto is considered a bright spot at this point of the season. That's where we're at.
Today, our boys found themselves in Kansas City, squaring off against the Royals and hoping to get something positive going, but little did they know in order to do so, they'd have to weather a quintessential pitcher's duel between Tyler Skaggs and Brad Keller. Both starting hurlers were on there a game today and hits were scarce and runs even moreso.
Brad Keller played the role of Nuisance to the Halos, giving up just two hits in the seven innings he pitched, striking out six and only walking two in that time. On the flip side of that, Tyler Skaggs would give up seven hits and just one earned run in his seven innings pitched (an RBI single from Lucas Duda), but he would outdo Keller in the strikeout department by getting eight Royals to whiff.
Both pitchers, after tossing their 7 sides, would go to the bench and out came the bullpen arms, and seemingly right away the Royals tacked on another run making it to 2-0. That one came courtesy of the recent Angels' big league roster addition, Hansel Robles, as he gave up an RBI single to the Royals' Rosell Herrera.
The Halos, meanwhile, fared no better against the KC bullpen than they did vs. Brad Keller. The eighth and ninth frames came and went and the score remained unchanged. That meant there would be no change of fortune today, instead a typical letdown. I've definitely seen better ways to begin a road trip, to put it kindly. Bleghhhhhh.