KEY MOMENT: Mike Trout hit a really, really long home run. The Royals estimated the distance at 445 feet. ESPN had it at 489 feet — the longest in the major leagues this season, the longest ever hit by Angels player, and the longest ever hit at Kauffman Stadium — based on an estimate of how far the ball would have traveled had it not landed in a fountain. Trout said he has not been invited to compete in the All-Star Home Run Derby. Would he compete if invited? “I don’t know,” he said.
AT THE PLATE: C.J. Cron had the first two-homer game of his career. In 18 at-bats since the Angels decided to keep the rookie and release veteran designated hitter Raul Ibanez, Cron has four home runs in 18 at-bats. Ibanez had three home runs in 166 at-bats.
ON THE MOUND: Matt Shoemaker (5-2) had the briefest and roughest of his nine major league starts, giving up eight runs and 11 hits in four innings. “When he had chances to put guys away, he missed his spots badly,” Manager Mike Scioscia said. The Royals sent 11 men to the plate in a seven-run third inning, capped by a grand slam from Omar Infante. David Carpenter, making his first appearance this season, pitched three shutout innings in relief of Shoemaker.
ROSTER NEWS: Tyler Skaggs gave up five hits, five walks and seven runs in a three-inning rehabilitation appearance for triple-A Salt Lake on Thursday. However, he did not complain of discomfort in his strained hamstring, and Scioscia indicated Skaggs would return to the Angels’ rotation next week. … The Angels optioned first baseman Efren Navarro to Salt Lake and plan to recall right-handed reliever Michael Kohn on Saturday.
ERSTAD VISIT: Darin Erstad, the center fielder on the Angels’ 2002 World Series champions, visited the Angels and identified Scioscia as “Daddy’s coach” to his 8-year-old daughter. Erstad, the head coach at Nebraska, also has two younger children and said he is not interested in moving to pursue a managerial or coaching job in the major leagues. “We want to raise these kids in Lincoln,” he said. “I’m right where I want to be.”
UP NEXT: The Angels’ Hector Santiago (0-7, 4.41 ERA) faces the Royals’ Yordano Ventura (5-6, 3.20) Saturday at 11 a.m. PDT at Kauffman Stadium. TV: FS West. Radio: 830, 1220.Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times