The Angels completed the sweep of the Royals and not one of the games was close.
BIG PICTURE: The loss was the Royals’ fifth consecutive loss wiping out a five-game winning streak right before the current losing streak. Every time you think they are starting to roll, they take a step or two back. At this point, maybe the best way to view this team is to be happy they are within two games of .500. Watching them, at times, you wonder how they have as good of a record as they do.
NOTES: OF Edwards Olivares was optioned to Triple-A Omaha. RHP Carlos Hernandez was recalled from Triple-A Omaha. The Royals need a fresh arm with as much work they have given the bullpen this week.
KELLER STARTS HOT, THEN COOLS OFF… Brad Keller showed that the Royals are allowed to pitch well in the first inning in Los Angeles. In fact, Keller faced just seven batters in the first two innings combined. After that, it was the third inning that started tripping him up. After retiring the first two batters in the third, Keller issued a walk and allowed a single and double. When it was over, the Angels led 2-0. Keller settled down in the fourth and retired the Angels in order, but the fifth saw three cross the plate, and he didn’t make it out of the inning.
Keller had been improving since early May, but this game was a step back. He will try to get back on track at home against Detroit next week.
THINGS DON’T ALWAYS GO AS PLANNED… With Brad Keller struggling in the fifth, Mike Matheny got Kyle Zimmer up in the bullpen. The thought was that Zimmer would enter the game with the Royals down 2-1. But before that could happen, Keller allowed three runs, and all of a sudden, Zimmer was entering a game with a 5-1 deficit. Matheny would not normally use Zimmer in that situation, but it’s better to go ahead and pitch him than waste his bullpen pitches and another pitcher.
REX HUDLER IS A FAN IN THE BOOTH… It took a while for Royals fans to come around to enjoying Rex Hudler in the broadcast booth. Some may never like his work. But, I learned to take him for what he is, a former player who loves the game and wants to share his positive attitude and enjoyment with the viewer. I actually enjoy Rex.
Fans should be able to relate to Rex. In the seventh inning of the game Wednesday, Ryan Lefebvre tried to get a light-hearted comment out of Rex, but Rex was having nothing of it. Rex apologized and said he just wasn’t into it. He was clearly frustrated with the way the club has played since getting back over .500. After a five-game winning streak, the Royals were down 5-1 in the seventh and looking at a five-game losing streak.
NEXT UP: The Royals have to be glad to get out of Los Angeles. That didn’t go as planned. Now they move on to Oakland for a four-game weekend series against the Athletics. And even though the A’s are leading the American League West, the Royals must be glad to play someone else.
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