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Uninspired Kansas City Royals lose to Angels


The Kansas City Royals lost 6-1 in an uninspired performance against the Los Angeles Angels on Friday night. Neither starter Danny Duffy, or the offense, were on their game as the Angels drubbed Kansas City.

Kansas City hitters only managed 5 hits, 2 walks, and 1 run against the Angel pitching. Their only extra-base hit came on a double that Norichika Aoki earned more by hustle on the basepaths than through striking the ball with authority.

Meanwhile, starter Danny Duffy gave up 5 runs in 6 inning pitched, including solo home runs to Chris Ian neta and Mike Trout.

Overall, its the kind of drab play that makes you a clear loser in the baseball game.

The loss sinks the Royals 1 game under .500 at 23-24, and 6.5 behind Detroit in the A.L. Central.

On the Mound

Danny Duffy wasn’t horrible, but he was easily hittable while giving up 9 hits, 2 walks and 5 runs. He just didn’t have his dominating stuff like in his two-hitter in his last outing. The loss drops Duffy’s record to 2-4, with an ERA of 2.59.

Louis Coleman pitched the 7th and gave up 3 hits, and one run. He was lucky to escape the inning while allowing only that single tally, because CF Lorenzo Cain reached over the centerfield fence to rob David Freese of a 3-run home run.

Aaron Crow pitched the 8th, allowing only a walk, and no earned runs.

At the Plate

Norichika Aoki was the only Royal that was effective at the plate on Friday night, going 3-4 with a stolen base, and a run scored. Aoki opened the game with a single, a stolen base, and a run scored when Alex Gordon drove him in with a two-out single.

That was pretty much the offensive story for the night. Aoki legged out a double in the top of the fifth, but was left stranded. Alex Gordon went 1-2, with 1 walk and 1 RBI.

Pedro Ciriaco collected the only other Royal hit on the night.

This and That

Lorenzo Cain made the only inspired play of the day for the Royals. Down 5-1 in the 7th, Cain raced back to snare David Freese’s drive by leaping over the centerfield wall to pull down what would have been a 3-run home run.

KC Kingdom Player of the Game

Norichika Aoki is the clear choice, with 3 of the Royals 5 hits, a stolen base, and a run scored. He was pretty much the only effective offensive player for the Royals on the evening.

The Angels

Los Angeles continued their hot streak. The Angels have now won 11 of 14, but still trail the Oakland A’s by 2.5 games in the A.L. West.

Mike Trout has yet another good game going 2-4 with a home run. Trout is probably the games best player, with solid contributions in all phases of the game. Along with his home run, he nailed Norichika Aoki attempting to advance to third on a fly ball to centerfield, which ended the 5th inning.

C.J. Wilson turned in an excellent performance despite a 33-pitch first inning in which he left the bases loaded and allowed only 1 run to score. He allowed 1 run in 6.1 innings pitched, allowing 4 hits, 4 walks, and ringing up 3 strikeouts.

Up Next

The Royals send ace James Shields (6-3, 2.67 ERA) to the mound for the 2nd game of the three-game series against the Angels. Los Angeles counters with Matt Shoemaker (2-1, 3.06 ERA). Game time is 6:15 CST at Angels Stadium of Anaheim. Find Kansas City Royals vs. Los Angeles Angels tickets now!

Box

Royals Batting AB R H RBI BB SO BA ▾ OPS
Lorenzo Cain CF 3 0 0 0 1 1 .301 .736
Danny Valencia 3B 3 0 0 0 1 0 .291 .755
Nori Aoki RF 4 1 3 0 0 0 .282 .681
Eric Hosmer 1B 4 0 0 0 0 0 .279 .708
Alcides Escobar SS 5 0 0 0 0 1 .273 .702
Alex Gordon LF 2 0 1 1 1 1 .269 .733
Billy Butler DH 3 0 0 0 1 1 .250 .624
Pedro Ciriaco 2B 4 0 1 0 0 1 .250 .500
Brett Hayes C 4 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000
Team Totals 32 1 5 1 4 6 .156 .477
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 5/24/2014.

2B: N Aoki (7, off C Wilson).
HBP: A Gordon (2, by C Wilson); N Aoki (1, by C Wilson).
TB: N Aoki 4; A Gordon; P Ciriaco.
RBI: A Gordon (25).
2-out RBI: A Gordon.
Team LOB: 10.
With RISP: 1 for 8.
Fielding
Outfield Assists: N Aoki (G Green at 3rd base).
Baserunning
SB: N Aoki (6, 2nd base off C Wilson/C Iannetta); A Gordon (2, 2nd base off C Wilson/C Iannetta).

Angels Batting AB R H RBI BB SO BA OPS
Howie Kendrick 2B 5 1 2 0 0 0 .311 .817
Mike Trout CF 4 1 2 1 0 0 .275 .892
Albert Pujols 1B 2 0 0 0 2 1 .270 .871
David Freese 3B 4 0 0 0 0 0 .198 .536
   Kole Calhoun RF 0 0 0 0 0 0 .238 .760
C.J. Cron DH 4 1 2 1 0 1 .300 .814
Chris Iannetta C 4 1 1 1 0 0 .240 .795
Erick Aybar SS 3 2 2 1 1 0 .267 .697
Grant Green LF 3 0 2 1 0 0 .378 .907
   John McDonald 3B 1 0 0 0 0 0 .233 .590
Collin Cowgill RF-LF 4 0 1 1 0 1 .291 .775
Team Totals 34 6 12 6 3 3 .353 .994

2B: C Cron (4, off D Duffy); G Green (3, off D Duffy).
HR: C Iannetta (4, off D Duffy, 2nd inn, 0 on, 1 out to Deep LF-CF); M Trout (9, off D Duffy, 3rd inn, 0 on, 0 outs to Deep LF-CF).
TB: M Trout 5; C Iannetta 4; C Cron 3; G Green 3; E Aybar 2; H Kendrick 2; C Cowgill.
RBI: C Iannetta (15); E Aybar (23); C Cowgill (9); M Trout (32); G Green (5); C Cron (7).
2-out RBI: C Cron; C Cowgill.
Team LOB: 7.
With RISP: 3 for 8.
Fielding
DP: 1. M Trout-D Freese.
PB: C Iannetta (3).
E: E Aybar (3).
Outfield Assists: M Trout (N Aoki at 3rd base).
Baserunning
Pickoffs: D Freese (1st base by D Duffy).

Royals RPitching IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA Pit Str
Danny Duffy, L (2-4) 6 9 5 5 2 2 2 2.59 87 59
Louis Coleman 1 3 1 1 0 1 0 5.27 25 14
Aaron Crow 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 2.89 13 8
Team Totals 8 12 6 6 3 3 2 6.75 125 81
Angels Pitching IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA Pit Str
C.J. Wilson, W (6-3) 6.1 4 1 1 4 3 0 3.00 105 62
Kevin Jepsen 0.1 0 0 0 0 1 0 4.80 4 3
Sean Burnett 0.1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 5 3
Mike Morin 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0.84 8 6
Fernando Salas 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 2.84 12 10
Team Totals 9 5 1 1 4 6 0 1.00 134 84

Balks: None.
WP: K Jepsen (1).
HBP: C Wilson 2 (4; A Gordon, N Aoki).
IBB: None.
Pickoffs: D Duffy (3; D Freese, 1st base).

Tags: Danny Duffy Kansas City Royals Norichika Aoki

  • Geogman

    Maybe they were depressed because a member of their “get along gang” was finally shipped out. What are they going to do without Moustakas?

    • Josh Michaels

      Actually get some hits from his spot in the batting lineup..