After a forgetful showing from the Angels on Saturday night, the offense was alive and well on Monday as they scored 10 runs on 14 hits in their 10-3 victory over the Royals.
They got started early, as they tacked on two runs in the second. Jared Walsh and Justin Upton led the inning off with back-to-back singles. Jose Rojas flew out to bring in a run, but a throwing error led to a second run coming in as well.
The Angels tacked on a run in the third and another in the fifth, but it wasn’t until the seventh inning in which the bats really woke up. With runners on second and third and two outs, Shohei Ohtani scorched this double to put two runs on the board. And when I say scorched, I mean it. The ball had an exit velocity of 119 mph, the highest in the big leagues this season.
The Halos then tacked on three more runs in the ninth inning. Ohtani doubled in David Fletcher, and then came in to score on a Mike Trout home run.
While the offense was fantastic on the night, don’t let that overshadow the fantastic performance from Alex Cobb. In 5 2⁄3 innings, the righty struck out 10. On the night, Cobb had 19 swing and misses, tying his record for the most during the statcast era. The other time he had 19? His last start. Cobb now has 17 strikeouts in only 11 2⁄3 innings of work this season.
Of those 19 whiffs, 16 of them came on his splitter, which he threw 54 percent of the time.
WP: Alex Cobb (1-0) 5 1⁄3 IP, 3 ER, 10 SO
LP: Brady Singer (0-2) 5 IP, 1 ER, 6 SO
HR: Mike Trout (4)
The Angels will look to make it a winning streak on Tuesday, as Dylan Bundy will take the mound for his third start. First pitch is at 5:00 p.m. PT.