The first series of the season is in the books, as they say, and the Kansas City Royals find themselves at 2-1, beating the Los Angles Angels 7-3 on Sunday.
Royals got on the board early with a 2-run shot from Billy Bulter in the 1st inning following Eric Hosmer’s RBI single. Hosmer later homered in the 5th inning with Chris Getz on.
3-0 as Jonathan Sanchez takes the mound for the first time as a member of the Royals, he showed Royals fans his true self. Erratic at times, dominating at others. Sanchez worked 5 innings, allowing 2 earned runs while striking out 5 and walking 4. That, Royals fans, is a typical outing from Sanchez. He will keep you on the edge of your seat.
The Royals bullpen came through today as well – Jose Mijares threw an inning, striking out two. Kelvin Herrera allowed a solo HR to Vernon Wells and allowed 5 hits in total, but Aaron Crow came in an put out a potential fire. Crow, then allowed the first two hitters to reach base in the 9th inning, but no fear – Jonathan Broxton came in to lock down his first save of the season, striking out Torii Huner, Vernon Wells and Kendrys Morales, stranding two runners on base to end the game.
The most impressive part of this win, was Jonathan Broxton. The velocity on his fastball was great, he appears to be in his prime form, reminiscent of his dominating years with the Los Angles Dodgers.
Ned Yost has previously stated that Broxton will not throw three consecutive days, so if a save opportunity comes up tomorrow, expect to see Greg Holland.