ANAHEIM, Calif – In the final game of the series, and California road trip, the Kansas City Royals sent former Los Angeles Angel Jason Vargas to the mound at Angel Stadium in front of 40,178 fans in attendance. Vargas pitched for the Angels in 2013 and was 9-8 that season.
The game had a rough start for Vargas and the Royals as they gave up two first-inning runs to the Angels and trailed early.
Cameron Maybin opened with a single and scored on a double by Kole Calhoun. Andrelton Simmons would single home Calhoun accounting for the two Angels runs.
The third inning saw the Royals (33-35) storm back to take the lead. Mike Moustakas had a bases loaded clearing double, giving his team their first lead of the game. They would never look back.
As if that wasn’t enough, the fourth inning came. Eric Hosmer who was sitting on 499 career RBI’s, came up with the bases loaded and delivered a sacrifice fly to score Alex Gordon. This gave him his 500th RBI of his seven-year career.
Next batter, Salvador Perez capped the inning with a three-run home run, his 14th of the season. This increased the lead for Kansas City to 7-2.
June has been good to the Royals (11-5) and for Hosmer, as he is batting .323 (20-for-62) with two home runs and nine RBI.
Back on June 1, Hosmer reached a milestone as he joined the 1000 hit club. In the third inning, he drove a ball to left field for the big knock. Let’s remember that at 27 years of age, there could be many more accolades ahead of him and today, we saw another one.
Hosmer reflected on this, “Yeah. It’s a good feeling. For guys that are in the middle of the order, that’s my job to drive in runs. To reach 500 is a tremendous honor especially now a days how hard it is with the pitching, and how it is in the game today. Obviously, you can get RBI’s without the guys getting on in front of you. We try and be as consistent as we can. Us guys in the middle of the order just trying to drive in runs any way we can.”
On if he can just relax now that accomplishments/ milestones are reached and just play ball, “A yea. It’s one of those things where you know it’s a milestone and I’m extremely proud of myself to get there. When you’re in the middle of the season, especially the way we’re playing right now. We are climbing up in the standings, just finding ways to win games,” added Hosmer.
Vargas (10-3) was effective in his outing. He pitched six innings, allowing eight hits and three runs. He did walk two and struck out three. He threw 94 pitches and 62 strikes en route to earning his 10th win of the season.
On his outing, Vargas commented, “We won the game. That’s the biggest goal we’re looking for today. “
On being the first to 10 games won in the Major Leagues, Vargas replied with “ I’ll take it that’s for sure. I’m not gonna look much into it past that. Definitely nice to have more wins than losses.”
Los Angeles (36-37) added a single run in the sixth to cut the deficit to 7-3, and that would be the final score in the contest.
The Angels’ Calhoun (3-for-5) was a bright spot for his team with his three hits on the day.
Up next: The Angels are off Monday as they travel to New York to face the Yankees on Tuesday. The Royals head home for a six-game home stand, starting with the Boston Red Sox tomorrow night 5:15 MST.