It took over three and a half hours, but the KC Royals finally beat the LA Angels, 9-5.
Both teams’ pitching left something to be desired.
The Royals scored seven runs in the top of the 3rd inning. That’s right SEVEN. They sent 11 men to the plate. Jarrod Dyson walked to leadoff the inning and scored on a Billy Butler two-run single. Dyson would later triple in a run later in the inning.
In that inning, the Royals collected five hits and worked three walks. The Angels starter, Barry Enright, lasted three batters into the third. His replacement, Mark Lowe, allowed all three inherited runners to score in the 3rd inning, along with four of his own. He needed 36 pitches to get through the inning.
Royals starter Wade Davis definitely wasn’t on. He needed 103 pitches to get just one out in the 6th inning. He allowed four runs on nine hits and three walks. He struck out two.
Kelvin Herrera once again struggled and for some reason, manager Ned Yost let him pitch two innings. Well, Herrera probably won’t be pitching on Friday, as he threw 44 pitches (just 23 for strikes). He allowed yet another homerun, a solo shot by Mike Trout.
On the positive side, the Royals pitchers got into trouble and for the most part, worked out of it. The Angels collected 12 hits, but only went 3-for-10 with runners in scoring position. They left ten men on base.
Back to the offense.
The Royals collected 13 hits, five for extra bases. Every starter except Eric Hosmer had at least one hit and every one scored a run except Salvador Perez. Lorenzo Cain, Perez, and Elliot Johnson each had two hits. Cain hit two doubles and drove in three runs. Perez had two RBIs. Alex Gordon went 3-for-4.
The Royals now head to Oakland (with a day off on Thursday) for three games. James Shields gets the Friday night start versus the A’s Jarrod Parker.
*On the negative side, Dyson left the game late with a sprained ankle.
**The Royals TV broadcast honored the passing of Fred White earlier in the day with a half-inning of silence.