Angels Recap : 4/27 vs. Royals

Los Angeles Angels Game Recap, Game 22 of 162, vs. Kansas City Royals, 4/27/16

ANAHEIM -- For the first time in the 2016 season, the Los Angeles Angels can officially say, "sweep." In a three-game set against the Kansas City Royals, the home team Halos outscored the defending World Series champions, 19-7, and took the series sweep on Wednesday night with a 4-2 win.

"It's early in the season obviously, but every game is huge," said Angels star outfielder, Mike Trout. "These are the games you come back in September and look at tell yourself that we played a good series and that's gonna help us for sure."

"It's definitely something that we needed, regardless of who we were playing," Angels reliever, Mike Morin said. "Everyone's had their up's and down's so far. The fact we pieced three games in a row against a team of that calibre - it's awesome - what a great opportunity that we had."

The Angels relied heavily on their starting pitcher, Nick Tropeano, who went five and one-third innings of two-run ball, as well as a trio of home runs to take the victory from Kansas City.

The Angels did have to deal with unexpected news following the game, as closer, Huston Street, found something wrong before the game and may miss time due to the problem.


TURNING POINTS:

Angels hit three home runs, contributing to team's four runs and 4-2 victory

The first of a trio of home runs came in the fourth inning, on an 0-2 fastball high in the zone. Mike Trout put a rip into the ball, and sent it 437 feet the opposite direction. Trout now has four home runs and nine runs batted in over his last eight games.

"Obviously helps the team out, helps the pitchers out," said Trout. "Talk to any pitcher and they wanna be out there with a lead. Obviously we got down 2-0, but Tropeano put up zeroes and that's all we can ask for."

At the beginning of the third inning, Rafael Ortega singled to to break a hitless skid through the first time in the Halos' order, against Royals' pitcher, Chris Young.

"He's tough, he has a lot of deception," Angels' manager, Mike Scioscia, said of Young. "His velocity plays up due to his leverage and how tall he is, and we didn't get too many good looks at him the first time around. The second time around, Rafael [Ortega] gets a base hit and Mike [Trout] hits the home run and we're back in the game."

Two innings later, Yunel Escobar gave the Angels a 3-2 lead with a solo home run of his own, and the cushion run was made with another solo home run from Andrelton Simmons. For Simmons, it was his first home run of the season, and first with his new club.

"The first home run is always like a weight off your shoulders," Simmons said. "Not that I'm a home run hitter or anything, but once you hit the first one and it's decently still early in the season, it's a good thing, it's a good feeling. You know you've got that in the back pocket."

"When those bats are getting hot, you don't wanna face this team," said Angels' starter, Nick Tropeano. "It's a good sign to see."


Nick Tropeano goes five and one-third innings of two run baseball

Despite allowing eight hits and one walk in his work load, Tropeano was able to settle down the second time through the order and see his final four and one-third innings go scoreless.

"Today was just a battle day for me, I don't think I had my best stuff location wise. I made pitches when I had to and that's why this is a team game. They picked me up tremendously offensively, and our bullpen came in and was light's out."

Tropeano allowed the only two runs the Royals' offense could muster against the Angels' pitching staff, all off the bat of Eric Hosmer, who hit a two-run home run in the first, traveling 442 feet.

Following Tropeano, the bullpen, mixed of Fernando Salas, Jose Alvarez and Joe Smith combined for three and two-third innings of scoreless work. Of the 13 batters that faced the bullpen, the trio retired nine of the final 11.

"We played good, but I don't think it's our best, not yet," said Joe Smith. "Wait until the big boy (Albert Pujols) gets hot and everybody else starts hitting."


Joe Smith pitches ninth, instead of Huston Street, who would have been available

Following pregame stretch and warm-ups, Huston Street felt something wrong in the left side of his torso. He went for MRI results, and was told he had strained his left oblique.

"It just kinda happened and I was like, 'what the heck, what was that? " said Street. "Made one more throw and I was like, 'there's definitely something in there.'"

Street believes he will go to the Disabled List with the strain, which would mean a recall or contract selection from Triple-A Salt Lake, likely Cam Bedrosian or Al Alburquerque.

The ninth was pitched by Joe Smith, who allowed just a single, and secured a 4-2 victory for the Angels, collecting his first save since the Angels' last win of the season in 2015 (October 3).

"It's never a good thing when you lose your closer, but that's why there's seven of us out there," Smith said. "Everyone has to step up and do a little bit more than you were asked to before. Just get ready to go. We've got guys that are capable of doing it."


BY THE NUMBERS:

Angels - First sweep of Kansas City since May 23-26, 2013, at Kauffman Stadium
- Rafael Ortega has a six-game hit-streak, in which he's batting .450 (9-for-20) over the span
- Since 2012, Mike Trout's .352 average against the Royals is the fourth best among any Major Leaguer

Royals - First time being swept since September 4-6, 2015, vs. Chicago White Sox
- Eric Hosmer currently has the longest hit-streak in the Majors, at 17 games
- Chris Young has a 4.41 ERA against AL West teams in his career (218.2 innings pitched)


PLAYER OF THE GAME:

Angels Bullpen (Fernando Salas, Jose Alvarez, Joe Smith), 3.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K


QUICK BOX SCORE:

Royals, 2 (12-9); Angels, 4 (11-11)
W - Fernando Salas (1-1, 2.92)
L - Chris Young (1-4, 6.12)
S - Joe Smith (1, 3.00)
Time of Game : 2:51
First Pitch/Temp : 7:07pm PST / 63 degrees
Attendance : 31,142



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