Eighth Inning Rally Sends Angels To Second Straight Loss

Erick Aybar had two doubles and an RBI for the Angels in the loss.

  • Live
3 Total Updates since April 2, 2011
  • Updates 3
  • All Updates 3

Jepsen Can't Hold Lead In Eighth, Angels Lose To Royals 5-4

The Los Angeles Angels took  a lead into the eighth inning today in Kansas City, but the Royals rallied for two runs to take the lead and grab a 5-4 win in the third game of a four-game series at Kauffman Stadium. Kansas City had four singles off Kevin Jepsen in the bottom of the eighth inning, the final knock a line drive to center field by Chris Getz to drive home the go-ahead run. Joakim Soria pitched a 1-2-3 ninth inning for his first save of the season.

The Angels got their third quality start in as many days, as Ervin Santana allowed three runs in his 6 2/3 innings, walking two and striking out six batters. Torii Hunter opened the scoring for the Angels with a fourth-inning home run off Royals' starter Kyle Davies, the second home run of the season for the Angels' right fielder. Eight of the nine starters for the Angels got at least one base hit. Centerfielder Peter Bourjos was 0-for-2, but did have a base on balls.

The Angels try to salvage a split on Sunday in Kansas City, with Scott Kazmir facing the well-traveled Bruce Chen, who appears to have found a home with the Royals.

For more news and information on today's game, be sure to read the SB Nation blog Halos Heaven.

Continue

Angels Vs. Royals: Lineups, Game Time, TV, Etc.

The Los Angeles Angels look to rebound after last night's walk-off loss to the Royals, with a daytime affair at Kauffman Stadium. Ervin Santana toes the rubber for the Angels, while Kyle Davies pitches for the Royals. Today's 10:10 a.m. PDT game is televised on Fox Sports West. Here are today's lineups:

Angels

Maicer Izturis 2B
Howie Kendrick 1B
Bobby Abreu DH
Torii Hunter RF
Vernon Wells LF
Alberto Callaspo 3B
Erick Aybar SS
Bobby Wilson C
Peter Bourjos CF

Jeff Mathis caught the first two games of the season for the Angels, and will be given the day off today in favor of WIlson. In addition, Mark Trumbo started the first two games of the season at first base, but he gets the day off today. Howie Kendrick shifts from second base to first, with Maicer Izturis playing second base after yesterday's day off.

Royals

Alcides Escobar SS
Melky Cabrera CF
Alex Gordon LF
Billy Butler DH
Kila Ka'aihue 1B
Jeff Francoeur RF
Wilson Betemit 3B
Matt Treanor C
Chris Getz 2B

For more news and information on today's game, be sure to read the SB Nation blog Halos Heaven.

Continue

Angels Send Santana To Hill Against Royals

(Sports Network) - On the heels of their thrilling win on Friday, the Kansas City Royals try to make it two in a row this afternoon when they continue their season-opening four-game set against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Kauffman Stadium.

After falling on Opening Day, the Royals got into the win column last night, as Kila Ka'aihue's leadoff homer in the bottom of the ninth lifted Kansas City to a 2-1 win.

"All the emotions of all the firsts ... they all have their special moments and this one's different," said Ka'aihue, who hit just .217 a season ago in 52 games.

Ka'aihue belted a low pitch over the wall in right field off Michael Kohn (0-1) for the Royals, who with a win today would go over .500 for the first time since May 21, 2009.

"It was a fastball called away and it probably caught too much of the middle of the plate and he put a good swing on it," said Kohn on the game-deciding pitch.

The hit, on the second pitch of the inning, made a winner of Joakim Soria (1-0), who turned in a scoreless top of the ninth. Starter Jeff Francis was terrific in his Royals debut, as he allowed one run, five hits and fanned four over seven full frames.

Howie Kendrick hit a first-inning homer in the loss for the Angels, whose bullpen has surrendered three home runs in 3 2/3 innings in two games this season.

Heading to the hill for the Royals today will be righty Kyle Davies, who struggled to find the strike zone last year, as he walked 80 batters and ended the year 8-12 with a 5.34 ERA.

Davies was 0-1 with a 5.40 ERA in two starts against the Angels last season and owns a 1-1 lifetime mark against them in four starts.

Los Angeles, meanwhile, will counter with righty Ervin Santana, who set a personal benchmark last season with 17 victories, a sharp reversal of fortune from an injury-plagued 2009. Santana also set career-highs last season with 222 2/3 innings, four complete games and 3.93 ERA.

"My goal is to get better every year," Santana said. "Before, 16 [wins] was my best, and I wanted to win 17. Now that I have 17, I want more: 18, 19, maybe even 20."

Putting together back-to-back strong years has been a challenge for the Dominican righty in the past, however, as he struggled in sequels to 16-win campaigns in both 2006 and '08.

The Angels won seven of their 10 meetings with the Royals last season and are 17-5 in the last 22 matchups between the teams.

For more news and information on today's game, be sure to read the SB Nation blog Halos Heaven.

Continue
X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join SB Nation Los Angeles

You must be a member of SB Nation Los Angeles to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SB Nation Los Angeles. You should read them.

Join SB Nation Los Angeles

You must be a member of SB Nation Los Angeles to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SB Nation Los Angeles. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.