Royals beat Angels 7-4

Playing a split squad game, the KC Royals held on to beat the LA Angels, 7-4 (the rest of the Royals are currently in San Antonio playing Texas).

2016 st logoThose left in Surprise showed off their power, defense, and pitching.

  • The Royals hit two home runs, from both of their first baseman. Cody Decker, battling for a roster spot, hit a solo shot in the sixth (one of his two hits). Minor leaguer Frank Schwindel hit a two-run homer in the eighth.

Raul Mondesi, starting at second base, also had two hits, including a triple. Then backup catcher candidate Tony Cruz drove him in with a double in the third.

  • The Royals turned five double plays.
  • The pitching started with Miguel Almonte, who allowed one run on three hits and two walks over four innings. He struck out two. However, he threw 30 strikes and 30 balls.

Wade Davis followed with a perfect inning of relief with two strikeouts. Luke Hochevar overcame an error and a single to escape the sixth by getting former Royal Johnny Giavotella to hit into an inning ending double play (he hit into two of them).

Lefty David Huff followed with two scoreless. He allowed a hit and struck out one. Huff threw 21 of 25 pitches for strikes. It was another bad outing for Peter Moylan, who allowed a three-run home run in the ninth. He allowed two hits, a walk, and hit a batter. It could have been worse, but his defense turned a double play (2015 Wilmington Blue Rocks Humberto Arteaga and Carlos Garcia) after a leadoff single.

 

Frank Schwindel

Blue Rocks first baseman Frank Schwindel on “Fight for the Gold Night” on August 28, 2014 (Jen Nevius).

Being a split squad game, a bunch of minor leaguers saw action. I mentioned Schwindel already. Arteaga came in at shortstop and struck out in his only AB. Garcia, playing in his first big league game, did not get an at-bat, but did commit an error at second base.

Jorge Bonifacio and Bubba Starling each went 1-for-3 with a run scored. Starling doubled.

Other minor leaguers who saw action include catcher Xavier Fernandez, third baseman Angel Franco (0-for-1), Austin Bailey (scored a run as a pinch runner), right fielder Amalani Fukofuka (a strikeout), and center fielder Brandon Downes (0-for-1).

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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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