Not a whole lot went right for the KC Royals in their afternoon finale against the LA Angels. They lost 11-6, despite chasing Angels starter Jered Weaver from the game after five innings (101 pitches).
It all started with the first inning, when four of the first five Angels hitters collected hits off Royals starter Luke Hochevar. The first run scored on a wild pitch.
In the second inning, the Royals defense was terrible. Alcides Escobar booted a ground ball at shortstop, but it was ruled a hit (Peter Bourjos was the hitter). Eric Hosmer bobbled a sac bunt. Mike Moustakas threw wildly to first base after getting a force out at third base. Hochevar threw another wild pitch.
Then Hochevar forgot how many outs there were on a Mark Trumbo tapper to the mound. He lobbed the ball to first base for the out as Hunter raced home to score another run.
The home plate umpire ended Hochevar’s day in the 4th inning. After allowing a homerun to Bobby Wilson, Hochevar hit Trout with a 3-0 pitch. Hochevar was ejected and in came the good portion of the game: Everett Teaford.
Teaford pitched four scoreless innings of relief before leaving in the 8th inning with a man on base. Unfortunately, that run would score, as Louis Coleman allowed back-to-back homeruns to Trout and Hunter to cap the Angels scoring.
Billy Butler hit a two-run homerun in the 5th inning for the only runs the Royals would get against Weaver.
Jeff Francoeur connected for a three-run homer in the 8th inning, breaking out of an 0-for-15 skid. That cut the Royals deficit to 8-5, but the Angels came back against Coleman.
*Next up, the Royals head to Seattle. The Mariners won three out of four last week in Kansas City by scoring 31 runs on 50 hits. Luis Mendoza will get the start in the opener on Thursday (he did not face the Mariners last week). Jason Vargas will oppose him (he has won three straight starts).