Last night, the KC Royals lost their series in Houston. So they demoted struggling reliever Kelvin Herrera. Tonight, they returned home to lose to the LA Angels, 5-4.
People keep saying that the Royals power struggles are because Kauffman Stadium is more of a pitchers’ ballpark when the weather is cooler. Well, the Angels hit four homeruns tonight, which accounted for all of their runs.
Ervin Santana faced his former team and allowed eight hits over 7.2 innings. He did not walk a batter, while striking out eight. However, four of the eight hits he allowed left the ballpark.
Mike Trout hit a solo shot in the first inning to give the Angels their first lead. Albert Pujols hit a solo homerun in the fourth. After the Royals scored a run on an Alex Gordon ground out in the bottom of the inning, Chris Iannetta hit a solo homerun to give the Angels another two-run lead.
The Royals cut back into the lead in the bottom of the 5th inning on another ground out. The score would stay 3-2 until the top of the 8th inning when Mark Trumbo hit a homerun, though this one was a two-run shot.
The Royals got the fans excited in the bottom of the ninth. With one out, Lorenzo Cain singled, took second base, and scored on Salvador Perez‘ RBI single (his third hit of the game). After pinch-hitter Elliot Johnson popped up in foul territory for the second out, pinch-hitter George Kottaras singled to cut the deficit to one run. Chris Getz then walked to put the tying run in scoring position.
That brought an Angels pitching change, and Robert Coello got Alcides Escobar to fly out to end the game.
The Royals once again out-hit their opponent (10-8), but lost. They went 3-for-10 with runners in scoring position and hit into two double plays. Eric Hosmer, Cain, and Perez combined to go 7-for-12, but only scored two runs and drove in one.
*Louis Coleman took Herrera‘s spot in the bullpen and pitched tonight. He pitched a scoreless inning of relief.