The Los Angeles Angels pecked away at Bruce Chen for 4 runs in the 6th after a 4-hour rain delay, to put the game out of reach in their 6-2 win over the Royals at Kauffman Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
The Angels led 2-0 after 4 innings against Royals starter Yordano Ventura when the game was called for the 2nd time due to rain. Rather than a short stoppage that didn’t even allow the grounds crew to unroll the tarp, the second delay lasted 3:58. When play resumed, Royals manager Ned Yost replaced Ventura with Bruce Chen, who had not pitched since April 24—when he went on the disabled list.
The loss drops the Royals to 41-39. Kansas City falls back to 4.5 games behind leader Detroit in the American League Central.
On the Mound
Yordano Ventura went 4.0 innings, allowing 7 hits, 2 doubles, 0 walks, and 2 earned runs with 3 strikeouts before the 4-hour rain delay. After sitting for so long, Yost pulled Ventura in favor of Bruce Chen, but Ventura still got tabbed for his 7th loss of the season (5-7).
Bruce Chen returned to action for the first time since April 24. After holding the Angels scoreless in the 5th, Chen gave up 4 hits and 1 walk in the 6th to allow the Angels to tack 4 runs onto their 2-0 lead. Chen did manage to finish out the game, pitching 5.0 innings while allowing 5 hits, 2 walks, 4 earned runs with 8 strikeouts.
While Chen didn’t keep the game close, he at least saved the rest of the bullpen for Sunday’s game.
At the Plate
The Royals continued their struggles at the dish. On Saturday, they managed only 6 hits, 1 walk, 1 hit batsman and 2 earned runs. Their only extra-base hit came from Alex Gordon, who doubled to lead off the 4rh inning.
Kansas City scored both of their runs in the bottom of the 6th. Eric Hosmer started the inning with a single, followed by a walk to Billy Butler. Alex Gordon’s liner to 1st did manage to advance the runners to 2nd and 3rd. Salvador Perez followed with a single that scored Hosmer, and Omar Infante hit a sacrifice fly to score Butler.
That was it for Kansas city scoring. No Royal managed more than one hit on the day. Billy Butler was the only Royal to reach base safely two times with a single and a walk, going 1-3, with 1 run scored,
This and That
Alex Gordon broke out of an 0-18 skid with his double in the 4th inning.
Bruce Chen saw his first action since April 24. Chen has now moved to the long-relief role in which he excelled last season after Danny Duffy seized a rotation spot in Chen’s absence.
Angels pitcher Mike Morin made his Kauffman Stadium debut after growing up in Overland Park. Morin’s family watched the game as he earned the win (2-1) against his childhood team. Morin, however, allowed both Royals runs in his 2 innings of work.
Angels reliever Jason Grilli made his Angels debut after coming over in a trade with the PIrates. Grilli pitched a socreless 8th inning with 1 strikeout.
KC Kingdom Player of the Game
I don’t know if any player deserves recognition after a mediocre effort on Saturday. No one truly stood out at the plate or on the mound. Lorenzo Cain turned in the best defensive play. I’m going to go with Alex Gordon for getting the team’s only extra-base hit and breaking out of his 0-18 slump.
- Billy Butler – 2
- Jarrod Dyson – 2
- Lorenzo Cain – 4
- Johnny Giavotella
- Wade Davis
- Norichika Aoki
- Salvador Perez – 5
- Jeremy Guthrie – 5
- Jason Vargas – 6
- Alex Gordon – 9
- Bruce Chen
- James Shields – 6
- Yordano Ventura – 4
- Mike Moustakas
- Danny Duffy – 6
- Omar Infante – 3
- Mike Moustakas – 4
- Alcides Escobar – 4
- Eric Hosmer – 8
- Michael Mariot
Former Cardinals 3B David Freese had a terrific day for the Angels, going 3-4, with 2 singles, a double, 1 run scored and 3 RBI’s.
The Royals and Angels finish their 3-game series with the rubber game on Sunday. The Royals will send Jeremy Guthrie (5-6, 3.75 ERA) to the mound against C.J. Wilson (8-6, 3.70 ERA) for Los Angeles. Game time is 1:10 CST at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City.
|Kole Calhoun RF||5||2||3||1||0||1||5||.280||.335||.470||.805|
|Mike Trout CF||4||0||1||0||1||2||5||.312||.403||.611||1.013|
|Albert Pujols DH||5||0||2||2||0||0||5||.261||.316||.471||.787|
|Josh Hamilton LF||5||0||0||0||0||3||5||.306||.378||.438||.816|
|Erick Aybar SS||4||1||1||0||0||0||4||.284||.324||.422||.746|
|Howie Kendrick 2B||3||2||1||0||1||1||4||.276||.338||.383||.721|
|C.J. Cron 1B||4||0||1||0||0||1||4||.299||.326||.567||.893|
|David Freese 3B||4||1||3||3||0||1||4||.238||.312||.301||.613|
|John McDonald PR-3B||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.220||.298||.244||.542|
|Hank Conger C||4||0||0||0||0||2||4||.230||.314||.369||.683|
2B: K Calhoun (11, off Y Ventura); H Kendrick (15, off Y Ventura); D Freese (7, off B Chen).
TB: D Freese 4; K Calhoun 4; A Pujols 2; H Kendrick 2; E Aybar; C Cron; M Trout.
RBI: D Freese 3 (21); A Pujols 2 (49); K Calhoun (18).
2-out RBI: A Pujols 2; K Calhoun.
Team LOB: 7.
With RISP: 7 for 15.
SB: H Kendrick (10, 2nd base off B Chen/S Perez); E Aybar (8, 3rd base off B Chen/S Perez); D Freese (1, 2nd base off B Chen/S Perez).
|Lorenzo Cain CF||4||0||0||0||0||2||4||.311||.348||.427||.776|
|Eric Hosmer 1B||4||1||1||0||0||0||4||.249||.290||.350||.640|
|Billy Butler DH||3||1||1||0||1||0||4||.280||.332||.360||.692|
|Alex Gordon LF||4||0||1||0||0||2||4||.276||.355||.444||.799|
|Salvador Perez C||4||0||1||1||0||1||4||.288||.334||.450||.785|
|Omar Infante 2B||3||0||0||1||0||1||4||.244||.292||.357||.649|
|Danny Valencia 3B||4||0||1||0||0||1||4||.263||.310||.350||.660|
|Justin Maxwell RF||3||0||0||0||0||2||4||.150||.222||.175||.397|
|Alcides Escobar SS||3||0||1||0||0||0||3||.288||.329||.399||.727|
2B: A Gordon (22, off H Santiago).
SF: O Infante (4, off M Morin).
HBP: J Maxwell (2, by K Jepsen).
TB: A Gordon 2; D Valencia; S Perez; B Butler; E Hosmer; A Escobar.
RBI: S Perez (28); O Infante (39).
Team LOB: 6.
With RISP: 1 for 8.
Outfield Assists: L Cain (M Trout at 3rd base).
|Mike Morin, W (2-1)||2||2||2||2||1||1||0||1.91||31||21|
|Yordano Ventura, L (5-7)||4||7||2||2||0||3||0||3.26||56||41|
WP: H Santiago (3); Y Ventura (6).
HBP: K Jepsen (2; J Maxwell).