Thursday, March 29, 2012
Angels Major League Hitters Better Than Royals As Both Teams Batter Second-String Pitchers: Angels 11, Royals 8
It was presage for both teams, because the Angels came storming back in the second, with back-to-back-to-back home runs from Kendrys Morales, Mark Trumbo, and Hank Conger, part of a five-run inning of their own that knocked a Royals starter Everett Teaford around.
That pretty much set the stage for the rest of the game. While Teaford didn't take the loss, a nondescript 4-A reliever named Francisley Bueno did the honors in the fourth, giving up five consecutive hits from leadoff man Erick Aybar all the way through Vernon Wells, ultimately resulting in four more runs scored and, beyond that, the game.
The Angels relief crew from the sixth inning on was surprisingly strong, posting four frames of no-hit ball. While you might expect this of Scott Downs, it was a happy relief from Jason Isringhausen, whose spring has been a pockmarked mess that has, at times, come close to announcing his retirement. Kevin Johnson (who?) and Jordan Walden finished out affairs, and so to the end of the game. Kansas City, visibly, is on its way to better days, but not, at least, a win today.