ANAHEIM, Calif – The Royals pounded out 15 hits and scored seven runs en-route to the win in the first game of a four-game series with the Los Angeles Angels at Angel Stadium in front of 34,884 fans in attendance.
Tonight’s win is the fifth in a row, and the Royals are 7-3 in their last 10 games.
Kansas City’s offense (31-34) was lead by Alex Gordon who was 3-for-4 on the night with his third home run of the season in the fourth inning. Gordon entered the game with an average at .185, and his big night saw it climb to .196 (11 points).
On his night, Gordon had the following to say “Just trying to put the work in. Keep your head up. Obviously, you’re gonna go through your struggles in baseball, you just have to try and find a way out of it. I’ve been working with Dale (Sveum) to get a better load with my approach, and hit the ball with more power. Try and work on that every day, and it will keep coming.”
When asked if a night like tonight’s performance can get you on a role, Gordon replied with “Come tomorrow and you’ll find out.”
Five other players had a multi-hit game on the night. Whit Merrifield (2-for-5), Lorenzo Cain (2-for-4), Salvador Perez (2-for-4) Mike Moustakas (2-for-4) and AlcidesEscobar (2-for-4) joined Gordon with a big night. Cain also hit his eighth home run of the season in the third inning.
On the team’s overall performance, manager Ned Yost was pleased, “A lot of good things happened tonight. Very encouraging Matt Strahm’s five innings. Wanted to take him between 65-70 pitches. The offense continues to roll. Swinging the bats extremely well. You see Alex Gordon, Eski starting to get hot, which is good. Travis Wood is throwing the ball well. A lot of encouraging things tonight. “
Matt Strahm (2-3) pitched well for the Royals going five innings, scattering just three hits, and allowing one unearned run with a walk and three strikeouts. Coming out of the bullpen to make his first start of the season, Strahm replied with “I just wanted to go out there and throw strikes. Obviously, I had the pitch limit. I just wanted to be effective as I could in those 70 pitches. It felt good. Getting the team the “W” is the goal.”
For the Angels (35-35), pitching and lack of offense production was the telling story. Other than Kole Calhoun (2-for-4) the only player with a multi-hit game on the night, not much went right.
Starting pitcher Ricky Nolasco (2-8) pitched six innings, allowing 10 hits, five runs, walked two and had four strikeouts. He also allowed the two home runs to the Royals.
Another Milestone within reach for Eric Hosmer who had an RBI on the night, and is at 499 for his career.
Next up is game 2 of the 4 game series tomorrow night at 7:07 MST.