April 6, 2012 |
Albert Pujols struck out swinging against Kansas City Royals reliever Aaron Crow in the seventh inning, and the Angels and Royals enter the eighth inning scoreless. Pujols earlier lined into a double play and fouled out to third base in his debut at Angel Stadium, where a sellout crowd of 44,106 is watching. The Angels, riding a strong performance by starting pitcher Jered Weaver (10 strikeouts through eight innings), haven't had a runner at second base since the first inning.
August 9, 2010 |
Bobby Abreu clubbed a two-run homer off former Angel Sean O'Sullivan and had four RBI, as the Angels beat the Kansas City Royals, 6-4, to begin a three-game series. Ervin Santana (11-8) yielded six hits and three runs over 6 1/3 innings to bounce back from his worst outing of the season. "I didn't have my best stuff tonight," said Santana, who lasted just 3 2/3 innings at Baltimore last Wednesday, when he permitted nine runs on 12 hits. "After the fifth inning, nothing was working.
June 11, 2011 |
Behind closed doors Saturday before his team's game against the Kansas City Royals, Angels Manager Mike Scioscia met with his three struggling sluggers. "He cursed us out," said Torii Hunter, speaking for himself, Vernon Wells and Bobby Abreu. "The words he used in there really hurt our feelings, but it actually pumped us up a little bit. " That showed in the team's biggest offensive outburst this month, as the Angels ended a season-high six-game losing streak by beating the Royals, 7-5, before 38,911 at Angel Stadium.
April 7, 2012 |
Luke Hochevar, who spurned the Dodgers twice after being drafted by them in 2002 and 2005, allowed two runs and five hits in 6 1/3 innings Saturday to lead the Kansas City Royals to a 6-3 win over the Angels. Hochevar, who signed with the Royals after being selected with the first pick of the 2006 draft, struck out four and walked two and completely outpitched his counterpart, Angels right-hander Dan Haren. Haren seemed out of sync from the start, giving up consecutive one-out singles to Lorenzo Cain, Eric Hosmer, Billy Butler and Jeff Francoeur for two runs in the first inning and a leadoff double in the second to Humberto Quintero, who eventually scored on Cain's sacrifice fly for a 3-0 lead.
June 10, 2011 |
Few have had an easier job lately than whoever works the scoreboard at Angels games. It's mostly been a do-nothing gig in which they have to pay attention to only half the game — that is, whenever the Angels' opponents are up to bat. After all, entering Friday's game against Kansas City, the Angels had scored just 13 runs this month, worst in the major leagues. Their June gloom continued as the Royals beat them, 4-2, before 38,254 at Angel Stadium. The Angels (30-35)
March 13, 2010 |
Ervin Santana has said since his first few bullpen sessions in February that his arm feels infinitely better than it did last season, and the Angels right-hander is now backing those words with results. Santana was dominant for three innings in Saturday's 12-3 exhibition loss to the Kansas City Royals, giving up one infield single, striking out five and consistently hitting 94 mph with his fastball on the Surprise Stadium radar gun. Santana, who threw two scoreless innings in his first Cactus League start Monday, mixed in several sharp curves and changeups, fueling optimism he will return to his 2008 form, when he went 16-7 with a 3.49 earned-run average and pitched in the All-Star game.