What started as a battle of two soft-tossers, Greinke vs. Anderson, turned into a battle of runs.
Bobby Witt Jr. of the Royals got it started with an RBI single in the top 3rd, but Mike Trout came to the rescue in the bottom of the inning with an RBI single of his own to tie it at 1-1.
The Royals didn’t like being behind, so in the 4th inning old Angel Matt Duffy and MJ Melendez hit a double and triple to make it 3-1 Royals.
Once again, though, the Angels answered back in the bottom of the inning, thanks to Hunter Renfroe muscling up with a home run barely inside the left field foul pole, hitting a kid in the process. The kid did end up with the ball though, and the Angels cut the deficit to 3-2.
The next inning, Mike Trout showed off his skill yet again, smashing a 425 ft. homer to centerfield, giving the Halos a 4-3 lead!
The lead wouldn’t last with Anderson giving up an RBI single to Hunter Dozier. Andrew Wantz came in and seemed like he would end the inning with a double play. But, as fate would have it, Zach Neto’s perfect throw back to first on a 3-6-3 double play turned into an error and 2 runs scored when Urshela completely missed the catch.
Time to answer back again! Renfroe answered the call yet again in the bottom of the 6th with his second homer of the game!
Then a Brandon Drury hit was followed up by a Zach Neto RBI single to tie the game at 6!
Two innings later, the much-maligned Matt Thaiss pounded a 2-run homer into the old right-field bullpen to give us an 8th-inning 2-run lead at 8-6.
That should’ve meant a sure victory with Quijada coming in to close out the game for a second night in a row, right? Right?! Nope! The wheels fell off “Spicy Time” in this game starting in earnest with an RBI double that was the result of an overturned home run by Kyle Isbel. Then Edward Olivares has a sac fly to tie the game. That was followed up by Melendez being hit by a pitch with the bases loaded, because of course. Then Hunter Dozier scored another two runs on a hit to right field. The inning mercifully ended on a rundown.
Another comeback wasn’t in the books in the bottom of the 9th, unfortunately. Ward and Trout struck out and Shohei hit a tapper that resulted in an out on a nice play by Royal pitcher Barlow. Game over, 11-8 Royals, blah!