Halo Highlights- Bats Go Off Early as Angels Take Series

By Jason Evans

The Angels bats were alive and well from the words “Play Ball” as they jumped out to an 8-0 after four innings and finished with an 11-6 win over the Kansas City Royals. Jered Weaver only went five in this one, but reamins undefeated at home for the year.

Mike Trout started the rally in the first with a double. Torii Hunter singled. Trout scored on a wild pitch. Mark Trumbo singled. Kendrys Morales grounded out to drive in Hunter. Alberto Callaspo doubled to drive in Trumbo to make it 3-0. The Royal defense helped in the second. Peter Bourjos singled. Bobby Wilson sacrificed him to second, but Eric Hosmer‘s error allowed Wilson to reach. Trout hit a ground ball to third baseman Mike Moustakas. Bourjos was out at third but Moustakas threw it away which allowed Wilson to third and Trout to second. Hunter brought everyone home with a single and went to second on the throw. Hunter went to third on another wild pitch by Luke Hochevar. Trumbo drove him home with a groundout.

The Angels added another run in the third when Callaspo walked, Howard Kendrick singled and Maicer Izturis doubled in Callaspo. Wilson hit his second homer of the year in the fourth. The Royals got on the board in the fourth when Billy Butler hit a two run homer, his 20th of the year. In the eighth, Jeff Francoeur hit his 9th homer of the year, a three run shot, to make it 8-5. The Angels got the three back in the bottom half as Trout and Hunter went back to back. Butler drove in another run in the ninth to conclude the scoring.

The Angels are off today, before beginning a three game series with the Tampa Bay Rays this weekend at the Big A. The Rays are 2.5 games behind the Angels for one of the Wild Card spots.