June 17, 2017
Alex Meyer threw six shutout innings and the Angels hit three home runs, as they defeated the Royals 9-0 on Saturday night at the Big A.
Cameron Maybin, Luis Valbuena, and Albert Pujols hit home runs. The Halos put together a 13-hit attack.
Maybin hit a leadoff homer in the first inning, Pujols had a two-run shot in the fifth and Valbuena added a three-run homer in the seventh.
The story was Meyer though. He improved his record to 3-3 on the season. He gave up only a pair of singles, struck out nine, and walked one.
“The more you go out there, the more confident you get,” Meyer said. “I definitely feel it’s another step in the right direction.”
Blake Parker, Cam Bedrosian and Yusmeiro Petit came out of the bullpen to combine for the Angels’ fourth shutout of the season.
Jake Junis (2-1) got the first loss of his career, surrendering five runs and eight hits in 5 1/3 innings.
The Angels placed pitcher Matt Shoemaker on the 10-day DL on Saturday with forearm tightness. Parker Bridwell was recalled from Triple-A Salt Lake to take his roster spot. Bedrosian (groin) was also activated from the DL and RHP Daniel Wright returned to Salt Lake.
The Angels will try to salvage a split of their four-game series with KC on Sunday afternoon at the Big A. JC Ramirez (6-4, 4.19 ERA) gets the ball for the Halos. The Royals will counter with Jason Vargas (9-3, 2.10 ERA). Vargas has the 2nd lowest ERA in the majors this season.