In a somewhat goofy game, the Angels moved to .500 for the first time since April 12 with a 4-1 victory over the Royals – breaking a six-game Kansas City winning streak. Not that Mike Scioscia is concerned with it.
“We really don’t care about that right now,” Scioscia said. “Our strategy isn’t going to change just so we can be .500 at this point of the year. We are going to go out there and work the same way we have been working.”
Howie Kendrick provided the big hit with a sixth-inning inside-the-park two-run homer that put the Angels up 4-1. The homer, a fly ball along the right field foul line that Kansas City rightfielder Jose Guillen couldn’t get to, bounced around the fence at the warning track, allowing Kendrick and Juan Rivera to score easily.
The homer was the first of the year off Kansas City starting pitcher Gil Meche, who struck out seven in the losing effort. Matt Palmer struck out five and gave up two hits in 5 1/3 innings to get the victory, moving to 3-0, while Mike Napoli went 2-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored.
Great pitching matchup coming up tomorrow, as Zack Greinke (6-0, 0.40 ERA) starts for the Royals against Joe Saunders (4-1, 3.29 ERA) at 6:05 p.m.