After shutting out the KC Royals over 7.2 innings on June 1st, rookie LA Angels starter Tyler Chatwood was looking to continue that trend. The Royals offense had other things in mind.
They scored a single run in the top of the 2nd inning as Mitch Maier (who got a rare start) scored on a balk. In the top of the 4th, the Royals scored four runs. Matt Treanor doubled in the first run. Chris Getz followed with an RBI single. Alcides Escobar reached on a fielder’s choice with Treanor being thrown out at the plate.
At that point I was thinking, can’t they score with men on base?
Alex Gordon answered my prayers as he delivered a two-run double to give the Royals a 5-0 lead.
Getz drove in another run in the top of the 6th. Billy Butler doubled in two more runs in the 7th and Melky Cabrera drove in a run with a single in the 8th. It was a game in which the Royals finally got clutch hits with men on base. Hopefully they didn’t use up a weeks worth of big hits today.
The story of the day was Royals starter Vin Mazzaro. Though he walked five, he lasted seven innings and escaped trouble throughout. He allowed five hits and no runs. Mazzaro may have been pitching to save his spot in the rotation with Bruce Chen and Kyle Davies set to return to the rotation next weekend. Blake Wood followed with two shutout innings of relief in the 9-0 win.
Gordon went 3-for-5 in the leadoff spot, while Getz and Escobar (the 8-9 hitters) each collected two hits.
Surprisingly, the Royals took two-of-three on the road against the Angels. Defensively they turned five double plays through six innings.
The Royals will enjoy the day off on Monday and will begin a three-game set in Oakland on Tuesday.