Kansas City Royals: Royals Can't Complete the Comeback on Shaky Angels Bullpen
Kansas City Royals Drop Season Opener to Los Angeles Angels
It was a cold hazy day in Kansas City. The Royals were trying their best to get out to a promising start against the Los Angeles Angels.
This is a team that hasn't placed higher than fourth since 2003.
If we extrapolate today's game over a season, we can safely say that the Royals are a bat or two away from success.
The Angels got out to a four run lead with a two run shot by Torii Hunter in the fourth. Jeff Mathis chipped in with a bomb in the sixth inning.
The Halos ace, Jered Weaver, earned his paycheck on Thursday. He went six and a third allowing no runs and striking out six.
The issues for the Angels came when skipper Mike Scioscia went to the bullpen. They allowed the Royals to get back in the game and threaten to ruin their Opening Day.
Through a little over three innings, the staff gave up two home runs and five hits. The biting of the nails came in the eighth inning. Mike Aviles had just homered. The Angels then proceeded to load the bases with one out.
Jeff Francouer strode to the plate right after he homered in his last at-bat. It is a good thing for the Halos that he strikes out more than he hits bombs. Jeff whiffed his way back to the bench and Alcides Escobar popped out after him to end the inning.
The Angels escape day one with a victory. The Royals suffered what is sure to be the first of many losses.
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