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Josh Vernier


Royals Offense Comes Alive in Anaheim

-The Royals (19-16) took the opener in Anaheim, 11-4, to open a nine-game road trip on the right note.

-Luis Mendoza made the start, and put together his second straight quality start. His final line showed 6 IP, 3 ER, 6 H, 6 K and he didn't walk a batter on 101 pitches.

-The offense made sure that Mendoza had some wiggle room by putting a run on the board in the first inning. Alex Gordon (2-for-5) hit a two-out single, and came around to score on a Billy Butler (5-for-5) double. In fact, 8 of the team's 11 runs came with two outs.

-In the 3rd, the Royals tacked on two more. Lead-off man Jarrod Dyson (2-for-6) hit a one-out single, and then stole second. Alcides Escobar (3-for-5) followed with a single and stolen base of his own. After Gordon struck out, Butler tallied his 3rd and 4th RBI with a single back up the middle.

-Los Angeles put its first run on the board in that third inning. Alberto Callaspo led off with a double, and would come around to score on a Chris Iannetta single.

-The two-run lead was built on in the 4th. Lorenzo Cain (3-for-5) lead off with a single to left field. Salvador Perez (3-for-4) moved him to third with a one-out double to center field. Cain would score after a two-out double by Dyson.

-The bats continued to stay hot in the 5th. Billy Butler, Eric Hosmer (1-for-5), and Cain all hit one-out singles, with Butler scoring on Cain's knock to left field. Perez plated Hosmer and Cain with a two-out double to center field.

-The Royals scored three more in the 6th. Escobar and Gordon hit one-out singles, and Butler drove them home with a double to right field. Butler later came around to score on a two-out single to left field from Cain.

-The Angles didn't lie down. They got to Mendoza for two in the 6th. Mike Trout reached on an infield single, and used his incredible speed to score on an Albert Pujols double to center field. Pujols would score the third run for the Angles on a Josh Hamilton double to left-center field.

-Those runs looked even more meaningless after Sal Perez's lead-off single in the 7th turned into a run, thanks to a two-out double to left field from Escobar.

-Luke Hochevar came in relief in the 7th, and surrendered a lead-off single to Callaspo. A two-out double from J.B. Shuck would plate Callaspo for the Angels final run. Hochevar would eat up the final three innings and collect the first save of his career. His final line showed 3 IP, 1 ER, 3 H, 4 K, 0 BB.

-In total, 7 of the 9 Royals in the starting line-up had a multi-hit game.

-The team's longest losing streak remains three games. 

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Locations : AnaheimLos Angeles
People : Alberto CallaspoAlex GordonBilly ButlerEric HosmerEscobarJarrod DysonLorenzo CainLuis MendozaLuke HochevarMike TroutSalvador Perez

05/14/2013 1:49AM
Royals Offense Comes Alive in Anaheim
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