Wednesday, July 25, 2012
Hunter Crush: Angels 11, Royals 6
"Greg [Holland] got two outs, then came the hit by Callaspo and the bouncer over Eric," Yost said. "Then he walked Bourjos on four pitches, and that was the game. Greg got a fastball up to Morales and he hit a laser beam, but the walk to Bourjos is what killed him, because we knew they would send up Morales to hit. We're giving up walks in crucial situations, and we've got to find ways to eliminate that."Yesterday's game notwithstanding, the Royals pitching staff may not have had trouble with walks (they gave up only two today) but starter Luke Hochevar got pelted to the tune of eight runs (six earned) and nine hits in only three innings. Really, a terrible outing, his second-shortest this year. Meanwhile, Jered Weaver was pretty good; the day game seemed to sap him somewhat, and so he only lasted five.
The game mostly belonged to the Angels' offense, who banged out six runs in the first two innings. Trout again had a multi-hit game, starting a new streak, including an impressive two-run shot in the eighth. Torii Hunter, shaking off yesterday's rough game, banged out a homer immediately afterwards, one of four hits he had in today's game. The major concern late was seeing lefty Scott Downs get knocked around for three runs (on a home run by Jeff Francoeur). There's talk now that the Angels are seeking a left-handed reliever to stabilize the recent problems that Downs has had; it makes sense even while being a little over the top.