Some good news? The speedy Royals didn’t steal any bases for the second day in a row. The bad news? Almost everything else. It was windy. It was cold. The Angels were crushed in Kansas City.
I guess the theory of the opener is that the main starter gets to come in to the game not have to face the top of the order. In that sense, Cam Bedrosian the opener did his job by facing the top 3 batters and getting them all out.
Enter Jaime Barria. He only gave up 1 run in his first inning, but then enter EVERY SINGLE ROYALS BATTER - and then some. The third inning was a complete mess and it lost the Angels this game. In that inning there were 3 mound visits (pace of play!), 11 batters who came to the plate, and 8 hits allowed, including 6 straight to start off the inning. By the time Big Brain Brad pulled Batter Barraged Barria, it was far too late and the damage was done.
Kole Calhoun kept up his recent hot streak with 2 more hits , Trout doubled in and walked in a run, Tommy La Stella added two more hits to his value, and Andrelton Simmons was the only other Angels to get a hit (though all but Bour and Pujols got on base).
The Angels logged 6 hits and 6 walks, while batting .300 with runners in scoring position, but it just wasn’t enough offense. Then again, when your pitching staff puts you in such a huge hole, it’s hard to climb out. I feel like I’ve written that line before and probably too many times.
Turn the page. Or something.
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