Calhoun on Angels' struggles: 'We have to get something going'
The Kansas City Royals are dominating the American League, and they spent the past weekend making the Los Angeles Angels their latest victims.
K.C. took three of four from the visiting Halos, with Sunday night's walk-off coming after the club rallied against stingy Angels closer Huston Street (before winning in the tenth inning).
After the game, various Angels players spoke with MLB.com's Alden Gonzalez regarding the current struggles that led to their opening Monday three and a half games behind the Houston Astros in the AL West and a half-game behind the Baltimore Orioles for the second AL Wild Card spot.
Outfielder Cole Kalhoun told Gonzalez that he and his teammates have to 'play together', adding that, "We have to get something going. We have to get a sense of urgency going. We have to come to the park ready to win every day. We're playing good ball; we're right there with everybody. These are some tough games, a tough road trip. We've got to pull together as a team and turn this thing around."
Here are some more postgame comments from Mike Trout, Street, manager Mike Scioscia, pitcher Hector Santiago and catcher Chris Iannetta, as shared by Gonzalez on Twitter:
Mike Trout: "We have to keep our heads up. There’s a lot of baseball left to play. Obviously, it was a tough road trip." #Angels— Alden Gonzalez (@Alden_Gonzalez) August 17, 2015
Mike Scioscia: "It’s a loss. We’re gonna turn the page and get ready tomorrow." #Angels— Alden Gonzalez (@Alden_Gonzalez) August 17, 2015
The Angels will open a new homestand at Angel Stadium Monday night, where they'll be looking to begin the turnaround that they hope will start soon.
There's still time left, obviously, but the 'dog days' of August seem to have affected the previously red-hot Angels for the time being.