Ian Kinsler has at times struggled mightily during the season, but tonight was not one of those times. Kinsler hammered a middle-middle fastball off Royals reliever Scott Barlow in the sixth-inning to left field for the game’s go-ahead run(s), and Justin Upton added a solo shot in the seventh, as the Angels finished off a three-game sweep against the Royals, improving to 6-0 against the sky-blue. (The 7th game of the season is a makeup and will be played in Kansas City later this month.)
Shohei Ohtani started, but he was pulled after four innings with apparent blister problems. It has yet to be seen whether he will miss any time, or if he will not be able to hit Friday. He did manage to flash the leather before he departed:
Meanwhile, although Ian Kennedy was mowing us down, Kinsler waited until his name-compatriot exited the game, then hammered a big fly off the reliever. Upton followed.
Kinsler or King?!— Angels (@Angels) June 7, 2018
That's 24 career home runs against the Royals! pic.twitter.com/O3ApHXKJNw
Justin Anderson was ineffectively wild, giving up 2 runs in a very interesting 8th inning, but the Angels had enough insurance and solid relief pitching in the form of Jim Johnson, Cam Bedrosian, Jose Alvarez, and Blake Parker’s clutch 4-out save.
All in all, it was a solid win, a solid series, and gives us Angels fans an amazing feeling, especially with a big series in Seattle next week. It also gives us this transcendent, age-old quote, which is not attributed to anyone at the moment:
“The Royals may rule over mere mortals, but true power is divined from the stars and the Angels.”
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