ANAHEIM, Calif –After losing the first two games of the series, Cameron Maybin took matters into his own hands for the Angels. Leading off in the bottom of the first inning, he lined a home run to left center, his fourth of the season. This was also the fourth time doing so in his career, and second time this season.
“They say a blind squirrel will find a nut every once in a while. I guess I was able to find a nut. Usually, a leadoff guy gets a good pitch to hit first at bat. I was able to take advantage. It was a good way to start.”
Reflecting on the leadoff home run, “It’s always good to start off a game like that. It’s not gonna happen every day. Whenever you can put a quick run on the board, it’s always a good way to start.”
With batting leadoff and being a sparkplug for the offense, Maybin followed with, “I’ve had a lot of success at the top of the order. Being a catalyst. Getting things going. Just trying to provide energy at the top of the order. I’m a guy that can bring a lot as far as getting guys behind me good pitches to hit. Just trying to do what I can to spark this team.”
This seemed to spark the offense of the Angels. In the fourth inning, they would score two more on a bases-loaded single by Danny Espinosa that increased their lead to 3-0. Every Angel’s starter had at least one hit. Three players had a multi-hit game led by Albert Pujols 3-for-4, Maybin and Luis Valbuena 2-for-4 each.
In the fifth inning, Pujols smacked a two-run homer, his 11th of his career and increasing the lead to 5-0. The two RBI moves him into 10th all-time passing Mel Ott with 1,863 for his career.
Los Angeles (36-36) offense erupted for 4 runs in the seventh highlighted by a three-run home run off the bat of Valbuena, his 4th of the season, increasing their lead to 9-0. That would be the final score of the game.
Angels pitcher Alex Meyer (3-3) was able to shut down a hot Royals team that were winners of six in a row, and eight of their last ten. On the day, Meyer pitched six innings, scattering two hits with one walk and nine strikeouts. He threw 94 pitches, 62 for strikes.
Meyer reflected on his start, “Today was a good day for me. I felt good with everything. My command was good. I felt my command on my fastball was really good. Both in and outside.”
On the success of the day, Meyer was quick to praise teammate Garrett Richards. “ I had a talk with Garrett last night during the game. He said, ‘Just simplify things. He said throw it over the middle and let them try and hit it. At 95-96 mph let them get themselves out.’ Early on, just attacking them. How important it is to get to 0-1 verse 1-0. Try and get them on their heels, and today, I feel I did a pretty good job with that.”
Maybin, who plays center field was able to have a great view on the job of his starting pitcher’s performance. “I think Alex did an outstanding job today of going right at guys. Taking advantage of the elements (sun and shadows) and had some good stuff going today.”
Next up is the final game of the four-game series with first pitch at 12:37 MST.