Royals battle back, hold on against the Angels

The KC Royals rebounded to take the second game over the LA Angels, 4-1. The Royals also welcomed their 2 millionth fan at Kauffman Stadium.

Angels starter Jered Weaver held the Royals hitless until Lorenzo Cain led off the fourth with a single. Heading into the 6th inning, that was still their only hit.

Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer at the plate on July 5, 2014 (Jen Nevius).

Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer at the plate on July 5, 2014 (Jen Nevius).

Ben Zobrist got the rally started with a leadoff double. LoCain reached on an error that scored Zobrist to tie the game at 1-1. Then Eric Hosmer hit a two-run home run to give the Royals the lead.

Drew Butera singled in a run in the eighth for some insurance.

Unlike the last two nights, the Royal bullpen came up HUGE on Friday night.

Starter Danny Duffy struggled right out of the gate: he allowed a leadoff triple to Shane Victorino and a Mike Trout RBI double in the first, but ended up only allowing five hits over six innings. He struck out two, though he hit three batters.

Ryan Madson was the first reliever out of the Royals bullpen and he allowed a leadoff ground rule double. After a force out got the runner out at third base on a nice play by Hosmer, Madson got another force out.

So two outs and a runner on first. However, Madson then walked Kole Calhoun and Trout to load the bases for Albert Pujols. Madson got Pujols to ground out to end the jam.

Kelvin Herrera was next and threw a perfect eighth on 11 pitches, eight for strikes.

Greg Holland entered for his 26th save and though he allowed a two out single, he struck out the side on 16 pitches.


Johnny Cueto makes his second home start on Saturday night against the Angels Matt Shoemaker.


About Jen Nevius

I first became a KC Royals fan way back in 1995 when I attended my first Wilmington Blue Rocks game. I fell in love with minor league baseball then and began following the Royals as former Blue Rocks clawed their way to the big leagues. 3+ years ago I started covering the Royals for Aerys Sports, but since the site has been shut down, I am going out on my own.
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