Angels Defeat Royals Behind Garrett Richards

Garrett Richards continued the stellar pitching that Angel fans have become used to. He won his second game of the season as the Los Angeles Angels defeated the Kansas City Royals by a score of 5-3. Richards went the necessary five innings to qualify for a win. He only allowed a single earned run. he had five strikeouts and three walks. Richards has developed into one of the more dependable pitchers in the American League. The Angels have now won seven consecutive games. This is the longest current winning streak in baseball. The Angels now have a record of 13-3 and are in first place in their division.

Angels center fielder Mike Trout is considered by most people to be the best player in baseball. However, he has not gotten off to a great start to the 2018 season. His batting average is nowhere near where it usually is. He was able to help the Angels win the game by hitting his sixth home run of the season. He drove in a pair of runs during the game. Trout says that he feels good at the plate. He has just been hitting into some bad luck. He feels that he can turn things around very soon.

The Kansas City Royals have had a nightmarish start to the season. They have been terrible in every aspect of the game. Their hitting, pitching and defense have all been well below average. They have a record of 3-10. Nobody expected the Royals to contend for a playoff spot in 2018. However, few baseball experts thought the bottom would fall out like this. The team lost two of its big star players to free agency after the 2017 season. Lorenzo Cain signed with the Brewers and Eric Hosmer signed with the San Diego Padres. This has given the Royals what resembles a minor league lineup.

Angels manager Mike Scioscia has great confidence that his team is for real. He has been around baseball for a long time. He has managed both good and bad teams. Therefore, he has a very good idea of which way a team is going to go in the early stages of the season. Scioscia feels that the Angels can definitely make the playoffs as long as there are no key injuries to his squad. He knows the Astros are tough. However, he feels that his club can compete with the World Series champs.


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