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The bats come alive.

That's hot.
That's hot.
Jeff Gross

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.