I’m going to try to keep this recap going as long as I can, but there honestly isn’t a whole lot to write about. If you missed this game, you missed a double steal and that was it.
On the second pitch of the game, Jon Jay reached base after getting hit by a pitch. Now fast-forward. And keep your hand on the button. Leave it on there. Little bit more. Stop. Hey another base runner! This would be the Royals only hit, a Hunter Dozier single in the fifth inning. Andrew Heaney was rolling.
There was one bright spot this game, and it was the start Brad Keller had. He finished 4.1 on a limited pitch count, allowing five hits and one run, striking out three. The only run he allowed came after he had left the game, when the Angels had runners on the corners, two outs. Kevin McCarthy was in relief, he delivered a pitch to Jefry Marte, and Mike Scioscia brought some strategy to the table. Michael Hermosillo pulled out the intentional caught stealing, got Salvador Perez to bite, and Chris Young scored the game’s only run before a tag was applied.
Andrew Heaney pitched the best game of his career in this one, rolling out a complete game, one-hit shutout. The Royals never really threatened in the late innings, Trevor Oaks kept the game close, but the bats had other ideas.
The Royals are still looking for their first win of the season against the Angels. They’ll have their last chance tomorrow while trying to avoid a sweep. Ian Kennedy is on the mound for the Royals. Shohei Ohtani is pitching if you’re looking for a reason to stay up late.