Royals throttle Angels

That's hot. - Jeff Gross

The bats come alive.

Luis Mendoza pitched magnificently and the Royals bats did what they were supposed to do against Joe Blanton and the Angels bullpen.

Game on.

-- The first four hitters in the Royals lineup were a combined 12-21 with seven runs scored.

-- Billy Butler entered the game with a .228 batting average. He goes 5-5 and raises his average to .261. It was the second five-hit game of his career.

-- Alex Gordon now has 18 multi-hit games. Per Ryan Lefebvre, that leads the league. Top five player, I tell ya.

-- It's fun watching the player formerly known as Josh Hamilton patrol the outfield. And hit for that matter.

-- Mendoza seemed to tire in the sixth, bouncing a couple sinkers and giving up a couple of runs. Granted, not all of them were his fault. See next item.

-- Jarrod Dyson needs to learn how to take better routes to the ball.

-- Eric Hosmer pulled the ball three times! Two were ground outs. The third would probably be classified as a line drive that was his single. Still not driving the ball.

-- Classic shot of Angels manager Mike Scoscia waving his hands in the sixth. He's signed through 2019.

Fun game.

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