My dad always told me to be afraid of a team on a losing streak. Eventually they are due to get some breaks and win. So I went into today with trepidation because the Royals had lost 9 in a row.
Brandon Drury put the Angels up 1-0 in the top of the first but more scoring was prevented by a strike out/throw out double play to end the inning.
The Angels ran themselves out of another rally in the third when Mickey Moniak got caught stealing third fir the second out. Trout K’d on the next pitch.
Things moved quickly for a couple innings as both Patrick Sandoval and Royals hurler Brady Singer put up efficient zeroes. This was big fir Sandoval, who had a 6.08 ERA in his 5 previous starts, all Angels losses.
That changed in the top of the sixth when Drury drove in Mike Trout to push the lead to 2-0.
The Halos left runners on the corners after the Royals went to the bullpen. Walsh struck out and Rengifo grounded out.
Royals relievers have been pretty bad this year and a second call to the bullpen led to a run in top of the 7th. A bases loaded walk to Matt Thaiss put the Angels up 3-0. However, that was all they got.
Sandoval went seven scoreless innings punctuated by striking out the side in the bottom of the seventh. That was huge for both Sandoval and a bullpen that was taxed heavily in Arlington.
Sam Bachman was all the bullpen the Angels needed. He pitched scoreless 8th and 9th innings to preserve the 3-0 win.
Light up the halo!