Kendrys Morales is known for hitting a walk-off grand slam for the Angels and then landing on the DL after he fell jumping on home plate in celebratory fashion. Morales has a career slash line of .289/.345/.422 against the Angels. Today, he was the hero for the Royals, delivering the walk-off hit with 2 outs in the 10th inning.
Kendrys Morales has proven to be the most clutch player in the MLB in 2 outs situations. He leads the league with 42 2-out RBIs and a .332 2-out batting average.
When asked about Morales’ clutch hit, Royals manager Ned Yost said, “He wasn’t trying to do too much, he wasn’t trying to rip a homer, he wasn’t trying to hit a gap. Just staying nice and smooth, take the ball right back up the middle.”
When asked about the Angels’ recent struggles, Kole Calhoun said, “We have to get something going. We have to get a sense of urgency going.” Calhoun hit the go-ahead homerun for the Angels in the 8th inning and tripled in the 6th inning.
Hector Santiago delivered a quality start for the Angels after a shaky first inning in which the Royals scored twice, via a Ben Zobrist double and an Eric Hosmer single. He threw 7 strong innings and only allowed 3 hits. Santiago walked 3 batters, but struck out 5 batters in his no-decision.
Yordano Ventura, who has been one of the most inconsistent pitchers in all of baseball, tossed 7 strong innings of his own for the Royals. Aside from a tough 6th inning, which saw Calhoun score on a wild pitch and David Murphy launch a solo homerun, Ventura was excellent. He allowed 2 runs on 5 hits, while recording 7 strikeouts and 1 walk.
What is next for these clubs?
The Angels will head home for a 7 game home stand. The first team up will be the Chicago White Sox, who recently swept the Angels at US Cellular Field in Chicago. Carlos Rodon (5-4, 4.61 ERA) will start for the White Sox. Last Tuesday, Rodon hurled 7 shutout innings to lead the White Sox past the Angels. Andrew Heaney (5-1, 2.53 ERA), will look to continue his dominance on the mound for the Angels. In his young career, Heaney has not allowed more than 2 runs in a start.
The Royals will have an off day Monday before heading out to Great American Ballpark in Cincinnati to start a series with the Reds. Edison Volquez (11-7, 3.27 ERA) will get the ball for the Royals in game 1. Volquez and current teammate Johnny Cueto both spent time on the Reds earlier in their careers. Raisel Iglesias (3-4, 4.70 ERA) is slated to start for Cincinnati. Iglesias retired the final 16 batters of his most recent start against the Padres.