2016 Game 99: Angels at Royals

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7-25-16

 Los Angeles Angels (43-55, 5th AL West) at Kansas City Royals (48-49, 3rd AL Central)

Kauffman Stadium – Kansas City, MO

Kauffman Stadium-night

Weather Forecast @ 1st Pitch: Partly Cloudy, 86F, Wind ENE 9 MPH

Pitching Matchup

Hector Santiago (8-4, 4.32 ERA)

Hector Santiago delivers a pitch during a game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field on July 7, 2016 (Brian Blanco/Getty Images)

Hector Santiago delivers a pitch during a game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field on July 7, 2016 (Brian Blanco/Getty Images)

Santiago had a career-long 24 inning scoreless streak snapped his last time out Wednesday against Texas, but Hector has been in dominant form since about the middle of June. Santiago is 5-0 with a 2.28 ERA in his last 7 starts dating back to June 15. In that last start against Texas, Santiago wasn’t as dominant as he had been during the 24 inning scoreless streak, but he did hold the Rangers to 3 runs on 5 hits over 5 innings and took the victory in a game the Angels won 7-4.

~VS~

Ian Kennedy (6-8, 4.28 ERA)

Ian Kennedy delivers a pitch during a game against the Cleveland Indians at Kauffman Stadium on July 20, 2016 (Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Ian Kennedy delivers a pitch during a game against the Cleveland Indians at Kauffman Stadium on July 20, 2016 (Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

While Kennedy has been a solid performer overall this season for the Royals, he’s REALLY been hurt by the home run ball this season. Kennedy leads the Majors with 26 home runs surrendered so far this season, and 4 of those came during his last start Wednesday against Cleveland. In that game he gave up 7 runs total on just 6 hits, 4 of which were home runs, in just 4 1/3 innings to take the loss in a game the Royals dropped 11-4. The Royals have not won a Kennedy start since June 26.

Game Notes

  • Andrelton Simmons enters Kansas City on a tear. The Angels’ shortstop singled in his first two at-bats on Sunday, giving him a .404 batting average since June 23.
  • Eric Hosmer (6-for-19) and Alcides Escobar (5-for-16) have both done well against Santiago. Albert Pujols is 4-for-10 with three home runs in his career against Kennedy.
  • The Royals’ pitching staff entered Sunday having allowed 131 home runs this season, second only to the last-place Reds. They had allowed at least one in their last 10 games.

Starting Lineups

Angels

  1. 3B-Yunel Escobar – .318
  2. RF-Kole Calhoun – .284
  3. CF-Mike Trout – .314
  4. DH-Albert Pujols – .249
  5. LF-Daniel Nava – .231
  6. SS-Andrelton Simmons – .286
  7. 1B-Ji-Man Choi – .170
  8. C-Carlos Perez – .204
  9. 2B-Johnny Giavotella – .258

Kansas City

  1. SS-Alcides Escobar – .259
  2. 3B-Cheslor Cuthbert – .297
  3. 1B-Eric Hosmer – .291
  4. DH-Kendrys Morales – .257
  5. C-Salvador Perez – .274
  6. LF-Alex Gordon – .204
  7. CF-Paulo Orlando – .318
  8. RF-Brett Eibner – .254
  9. 2B-Christian Colon – .250

2017 First-Year Player Draft Order

  1. Atlanta: 33-66 (.333)
  2. Minnesota: 37-61 (.378)
  3. Cincinnati: 38-60 (.388)
  4. Tampa Bay: 38-60 (.388)
  5. Arizona: 41-57 (.418)
  6. Milwaukee: 41-55 (.427)
  7. San Diego: 43-56 (.434)
  8. Angels: 43-55 (.439)
  9. Philadelphia: 45-55 (.450)
  10. Oakland: 45-54 (.455)

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