Royals 12, Angels 3
All the Kansas City Royals’ offensive damage was done after Los
Angeles Angels starter Ervin Santana had left Saturday.
Chris Getz and Mitch Maier hit two-run homers in the fourth
inning off reliever Rafael Rodriguez and the Royals defeated the
The Royals collected 15 hits, including six for extra bases, but
the only hit Santana permitted was a Willie Bloomquist leadoff
infield single in three innings. Santana struck out five, including
four out of five in one stretch.
“Everything was working perfectly,” Santana said. “I’d like
to keep pitching like today. That’s what I’d like to see every time
I go to the mound. I know it’s not going to happen.”
Santana did not pitch in spring training last year because of a
strained right elbow and began the season on the disabled list. He
went 8-8 with a 5.03 ERA in 23 starts, but was 7-3 with a 3.90 ERA
in 16 starts after the All-Star break.
“It reminds me of ’08 when I strike most everybody out,”
Santana said of his five strikeouts. “I want to do better than
In 2008, a healthy Santana was 16-7 with a 3.49 ERA and second
in the American League with 214 strikeouts.
Getz, acquired in an offseason trade, was hitless in 12 at-bats
before homering to right on a 1-2 pitch. Getz said he has been
working on changing his swing to be more consistent.
“Not only are you trying to get back in a baseball mode, but if
you’re to apply the changes you made, you can’t all give up on them
because all of a sudden you’re 0 for 10 in spring training,” he
said. “You’ve got to get the first one on the board, not
necessarily a home run.”
Kyle Farnsworth, who is a candidate for a rotation slot after
pitching exclusively as a reliever since five starts in 2000,
worked three scoreless innings and yielded one hit to pick up the
“It wasn’t too bad,” Farnsworth said. “Today I was trying to
be nice and easy, be aggressive, get first pitch strikes, not get
behind in the count and let them put the ball in play.”
Maier’s home run was his second this spring and came on an 0-2
pitch from Rodriguez. He allowed eight runs on 10 hits in three
innings to take the loss.
Royals starter Brian Bannister gave up three runs on three
“I felt like I had a good outing,” Bannister said. “I got
seven ground balls, two strikeouts and no walks. That’s who I am.
I’m not Zack (Greinke, Royals teammate and 2009 Cy Young Award
winner). I’m not going to strikeout 15 a game. They didn’t get a
hit with runners in scoring position.”
Brayan Pena and Bloomquist each had two hits for the Royals, who
scored a season high 12 runs.