Cain, Infante Lead The Royals Over Angels 5-4
Things got off to a roaring start today... For the Angels. A lead off homerun to Cole Kalhoun was not the least of our problems. A fielding error by Lorenzo Cain would lead to the Angels second run of the game.
More errors would cost the Royals in the third as Cole Kalhoun reached base on an Eric Hosmer throwing error. Later that inning, Josh Hamilton doubled in Kalhoun to give the Los Angeles a 3-0 lead.
After what seemed to be an insurmountable deficit, Kansas City stormed back with four runs in the fourth. Salvador Perez led off the inning getting hit by a pitch. Omar Infante moved Salvy over with a double, and Danny Valencia singled in Perez to put the Royals on the board.
After four straight reached, this prompted a mound visit from pitching coach Mike Butcher, but to no avail. The Royals would score three more runs in the inning on a Lorenzo Cain 2-RBI double, and an Alex Gordon bases loaded walk.
Here's a pro (not really pro, but you know) tip for you, Angels- Don't intentionally walk Billy Butler just to get to the most patient hitter in the lineup in Alex Gordon just to nibble around him and give up a bases loaded walk.
The Halos would eventually tie the game in the 6th inning. Albert Pujols led off with a single, but was caught lollygagging to second base, and was thrown out by Alex Gordon. Gordon may have saved the day because in the very next at-bat, Jeremy Guthrie would give up a solo homerun to Eric Aybar.
The Royals would win on a walk-off single from Omar Infante. Billy Butler (and no, guys. Billy does not suck.) Struck out looking on a borderline pitch. Alex Gordon then stepped into the batters box. Angels reliever, Jason Grilli barely nicked Gordon's jersey, but it was good enough to get him on first base. A very Royal-like error moved Gordon to third base just in time for Omar Infante. Soscia would bring in right fielder Cole Kalhoun to play on the right field side of the infield. Joke would be on the Angels, as Infante would hit a line drive to left to score Gordon, and win the game.
Despite some very... 'Royal' plays in the first few innings, our boys managed to escape the game with a narrow 5-4 victory over the Angels.
Notably, the Tigers lost 6-4 to the Houston Astros. We're still within striking distance at just 3.5 games back, and will look to gain ground on our next road trip.
The Royals will travel to Minnesota tonight to face off against our rivals up north. Game one will feature Danny Duffy (4-7, 2.69 ERA) and Yohan Pino (0-1, 6.30 ERA). "Big Game" James Shields (8-3, 3.79 ERA) will faceoff against Ricky Nolasco (4-6, 5.74) in game two. Jason Vargas (7-3, 3.53 ERA) and Kevin Correia (4-9, 5.08 ERA) will close out the series on Wednesday.
Kansas City is 21-17 on the road, and with a miserable 3-6 home stand, the Royals need to get away for a while. On this road trip, they will battle the Twins, Indians, and the Rays. What do you say we pull it from within to go on another crazy win streak?