On Wedesday night, the Kansas City Royals lost for the first time when leading after seven innings since May 5, 2014 at San Diego, breaking a string of 111 straight games — that was the longest streak of its kind since the 1998-99 Yankees won 115 straight games when leading after seven frames.
Both the Royals and Angels are usually very adept at holding late-inning leads.
Best Record When Leading After six Innings
New York Yankees
Los Angeles Angels
St. Louis Cardinals
Kansas City Royals
Mike Scioscia tends to have a slower hook with his starters than does Ned Yost.
Angels/Royals IP per Start (with MLB Ranks)
Mike Trout has a higher lifetime average against the Royals than when facing any other American League opponent.
Trout’s Highest Career BA vs. AL Opponent
Both Lorenzo Cain and Alcides Escobar have come around to score more than 40 percent of the time after reaching base in 2015.
Highest Percent Scoring After Reaching Base (HR not included)
Billy Hamilton (CIN)
Lorenzo Cain (KC)
Brian Dozier (MIN)
Alcides Escobar (KC)
Chris Owings (ARI)
Salvador Perez has twice as many home runs (16) as walks (8) this season. In the history of the game, only one player has had fewer walks with as many longballs.
Fewest BB by Player w/ 15+ HR in a Season — All-Time