The injured Angels dried off in Kansas City and the Royals welcomed them by gifting their 80’s rival a win. It was an ugly one, filled with throwing errors and great pitching.
Alex Cobb went 5 and 2/3 innings, allowing 4 hits and 3 runs (2 after he left). In his second start, Cobb looked great again, striking out 10 against 1 walks. His knuckle curve was nasty and the righty is looking to be the best acquisition by Perry thus far.
Scoring started in second as a 2 runs scored thanks to 2 throwing errors by the Royals’ defense, scoring Walsh and Upton. Angels scored again in the 3rd after an odd double play. Stassi scored, Fletcher was called out on the basepaths, all on an Ohtani ground ball to second.
Bad fielding was the name of the game, as another Angel run scored in the 5th on a misplay by the Royals shortstop. It was 4-0 Angels for a moment. Cobb was cruising until the 6th as he couldn’t get the third out and was yanked with 2 on and 1 already in. Steve Cisheck came in for Cobb and let both inherited runners score before getting the 3rd out. 4-3 Angels.
The Royals felt bad about making it close so they threw away the game again, getting batted around in the 7th. Ohtani hit the hardest ball all season for a double, and wild pitches gave the Angels a 7-3 lead.
Shohei Ohtani was not ready to stop for the day, as he hit a double to drive in Fletcher. Then, Matty V mentioned that the Angels hit a home run every game this season thus far, but none today. So Mike Trout had to hit one because those are the rules. 10-3 Angels.
Ben Rowen came in to end the game. He was called up to replace Barria. It was an easy 1-2-3 9th for him and it secured Cobb and the Angels the win.
The cost of this gifted win was Stassi’s thumb and he was removed from the game. That is yet another player injured and knowing the Angels, he may as well go on the IL now.
Jack Mayfield made his Angel debut running for Pujols, as he was the one called up to replace Rendon. If Stassi is as hurt as we expect, maybe Bemboom gets called up, although I have no idea anymore at this point apparently.
With a 7-3 start, the 2021 Angels are tied for their best start in franchise history and stand alone at first place in the AL West. Angels face the Royals again tomorrow at 5:10 again. Bundy vs Duffy face off in KC.