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Josh Vernier


Royals Lose Another 1-Run Game

-The Royals (21-22) dropped the opener with the Angels, 5-4. 

-Ervin Santana made the start, and finished with a line of 7.2 IP, 5 ER, 8 H, 8 K, 0 BB on 107 pitches. The line may not appear great, but he pitched very well tonight at the K.

-The Angels got on the board first with a solo home run from Mike Trout in the first inning. Santana tried to sneak another fastball by him on an 0-1 count, but Trout reached down and crushed it 463 feet to straight-away center field.

-Santana would allow another solo shot to Albert Pujols to lead off the 4th inning. 

-In the bottom of the 4th, Chris Getz (1-for-3) led off with a double to right field. He would move to third on an Alcides Escobar (1-for-5) ground out, and come around to score on an Alex Gordon (0-for-3) ground out. Angels lead 2-1.

-The home run would bite Santana again in the 5th. Chris Iannetta connected on a 1-1 slider to lead off the 5th. Outside of the three solo blasts, Santana cruised through seven innings of work.

-Kansas City tacked on its second run in the bottom of the 5th. Lorenzo Cain (2-for-4) led off with a double to center field, and was pushed to third on a Salvador Perez (3-for-4) single back up the middle. Mike Moustakas (0-for-2) hit into a fielder's choice, and hustled down the line to avoid the double-play, scoring Cain.

-Perez made the start behind the dish. It was his first start since his collision with the Houston Astros dugout barrier on Monday.

-Los Angeles' 3-2 lead would grow in the 8th. At 90 pitches, Santana was brought back out, and he induced a lead-off ground out from Erick Aybar. Trout followed by showing off his tremendous speed on an infield single to the second base bag. After Pujols popped out to Getz, Mark Trumbo took a 3-0 pitch over the left field wall, and gave the Angels a 5-2 lead.

-Ned Yost admitted after the game that they should have walked Trumbo, and it was his own fault for not ordering it. Santana said afterward that he was happy with the pitch.

-Tim Collins finished the inning, and Louis Coleman was called upon in the 9th. Coleman arrived to KC after being recalled from Omaha. Kelvin Herrera was optioned to Triple-A earlier in the day.

-The Royals made it interesting in the bottom of the 9th. Eric Hosmer (2-for-4) struck out to open the frame. Cain and Perez hit back to back singles, and thanks to defensive indifference, Cain was able to score from second base on Perez base knock. David Lough pinch-ran for Perez, and moved to second base on defensive indifference.

-Elliot Johnson (0-for-1) couldn't do anything with a full count, and popped out to the second baseman, setting the stage for George Kottaras (1-for-1). The catcher knocked in Lough with a single to right field. Getz followed with his second walk of the game, putting runners on first and second with two out for Escobar. 

-Escobar fell behind 0-2, and flew out to right field to end the game.

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05/23/2013 11:49PM
Royals Lose Another 1-Run Game
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