The early dominance was deceiving and draining. As
Ramirez, a converted starter who spent the last five years as a reliever, needed 19 pitches to complete the first inning and 27 to finish the second, which ended with an eight-pitch strikeout of
Staked to a 2-0 lead on the strength of
Lorenzo Cain and
Mike Moustakas, the former Chatsworth High standout, ripped a three-run double to right-center field for a 3-2 Kansas City lead. Brandon Moss walked and
Ramirez yielded a leadoff single to Gordon in the fourth inning and hit Torres with his 89th and final pitch. Jorge Bonifacio singled against reliever Keynan Middleton to load the bases.
Hosmer hit a one-out sacrifice fly for his 500th RBI, and with two outs, Perez turned on a 97-mph fastball, sending it 429 feet to center field for his 14th homer and a 7-2 lead.
“Three-plus innings, 89 pitches … that’s a full day’s work, that’s tough,” Angels manager
Ramirez (6-5) can run his fastball up to 98 mph, and his slider, which he used to strike out four batters Sunday, has a sharp, downward break. But just because he has the stuff of a strikeout pitcher he's not trying to be one.
"You know what? I'm not that kind of pitcher," he said. "I'm the type of pitcher who relies on contact. … Today, I couldn't get those guys to hit the ground ball or fly ball with fewer pitches. That's why I threw so many pitches."
The Angels had a chance to put a big dent in the deficit in the sixth inning, when
"I think Danny got a little anxious," Scioscia said. "It happens."
The Angels outhit the Royals 12-10 but were two for 11 with runners in scoring position,
"You've got to keep feeding the beast, putting guys in scoring position, and hopefully guys will come through with the hit you need," Scioscia said. "At times we have, but for most of the first half, we haven't."