Not a whole went right while the KC Royals visited the LA Angels over the last three days. They were swept, being outscored 19-7 (with the starting pitching giving up 16 of the runs). The Angels hit seven home runs.
The two positives were that Eric Hosmer extended his hitting streak to 16 games and Mike Moustakas seems to be heating up. He hit his seventh home run on Tuesday, had two hits on Wednesday, and walked three times in the series.
A positive on the pitching front was that Chien-Ming Wang pitched a scoreless inning of relief on back-to-back days (throwing just 20 pitches).
The Royals actually took first inning leads in the last two games of the series on home runs.
Ian Kennedy started on Monday and allowed five runs on seven hits (two homers) and four walks over six innings. He also hit two batters.
On Tuesday, the Royals had nine hits against Angels starter Jered Weaver, with seven going for extra bases. However, they went 3-for-11 with runners in scoring position and hit into three double plays.
Edinson Volquez made the Tuesday start and allowed eight runs on 12 hits and two walks over five innings. Joakim Soria pitched in back-to-back games and allowed a run in each inning of work.
Wednesday’s finale was much closer, with the score being tied at 2-2 heading into the sixth. But the home run barrage continued, as Yunel Escobar homered off starter Chris Young to start the inning and Andrelton Simmons homered off reliever Luke Hochevar with one out in the seventh.
Young only allowed three runs on three hits over 5.1 innings, but all three runs scored via the long ball. Young has now allowed six homers this season and at least one in every one of his starts.
The Royals will regroup with a day off today as they head to Seattle for the weekend looking to end their losing streak. It will be a tough task on Friday, as Felix Hernandez gets the start for the Mariners against Kris Medlen. Yordano Ventura will start against Wade Miley on Saturday, while Kennedy will start the Sunday finale against Taijuan Walker.