The Angels lost their first series of the season. Kansas City just shut down the offense and did enough to send the Halos back to Anaheim as losers, hopefully with time to field a better roster.
Griffin Canning had his second start of the season. It did not go as planned. He escaped a bases loaded jam by sheer luck when a liner hit a Royal. Not that he was lucky when he left a meatball to be crushed for a home run in the 3rd. Then in the 4th, the Royals used small ball to gain a second run off of him.
Unlike yesterday where there was ample failed opportunities, this game the Angels failed to do anything the first 5 innings. Indeed, only 2 hits until the 6th, when Trout and Walsh put a couple of hits together to get a run across.
Canning lasted 5 innings, allowing 2 runs on 6 hits and 2 walks to 6 strikeouts. He was replaced by Chris Rodriguez, who, after a clean 6th, allowed a run in the 7th and was pulled with 2 outs.
Watson came in and allowed 2 more runs to score before getting that 3rd out, 5-1 Royals headed to the 8th. The Angels got runners on but failed to score again. Ben Rowen pitched the 8th and allowed another run due to throwing the ball away.
One positive thing was that Jose Rojas got his first MLB hit in the 9th, a double. Besides that the bats didn’t try and the Angels lost 6-1.
Upton is still not feeling good and was not in the lineup. Mike Trout also got hurt scoring but stayed in the game. With the Astros on a losing streak, the Angels ruin their chances to pad their AL West lead.
The Angels head back home and next play Friday vs the Twins. Now at 7-5 on the season, they do not look to hold that AL West lead for long.