Kansas City, Mo-Zack Greinke has reached a point in his career when it seems that almost every start comes with some record. Even those that he never expected to see.
Like his name rising the list of career strikeouts.
Hardly known for his overpowering stuff, Greinke nevertheless moved into the top 20 on Monday night while combining with four Kansas City Royals relievers to hold the scuffling Los Angeles Angels to five hits in a 7-0 victory.
“It’s crazy. I never really thought about any of this stuff, but it’s been interesting stuff happening the last couple of starts,” said the 38-year-old Greinke, who is nearing the end of his 19th big league season. It’s something I haven’t really considered .”
Greinke had three hits in five innings. Amir Garrett (2-1) took the ball and worked around the leadoff double in sixth. Jose Cuas took the seventh and Scott Barlow the eight. Josh Staumont completed the ninth.
All the support was provided after Greinke left: Michael A. Taylor drove three runs, Emmanuel Rivera ran a run in a seven-run seventh and MJ Melendez capped off the rout in the eighth with a homer.
The Angels’ Noah Syndergaard (5:33) allowed one run on six hits, two walks and six strikeouts.
“Deserved better fate,” Angels interim manger Phil Nevin stated.
Now the Royals are looking to extend their winning streak to four games on Tuesday night.
” We’re playing better ball,” Mike Matheny, Royals manager, admitted. You can see the pieces falling together .”
It began with Greinke Monday night. Whit Merrifield’s error in the first was fixed, and Shohei Ohtani’s double in third were evaded. He then picked up Luis Rengifo to complete the fourth. Along the way, Greinke punched out Andrew Velazquez for his 2,856th strikeout, moving him past Jim Bunning and into the top 20 on the career list.
” It’s amazing that he can still get outs at big league level in the same way as he did,” Garrett stated. He won’t be pushed out by the game. He’ll finish the game .”
when he is done.
Ohtani made his double moments after landing on a pitch that had landed in his leg. It took him several minutes to get it up.
Syndergaard was also able to avoid trouble in five innings and left runners scoring in four. The Royals caught up with him in the sixth when Taylor gave Taylor a 2-out single that ended a tieless game.
Four more Royals runs were scored by Ryan Tepera and Aaron Loup, while Melendez took deep off Austin Warren, putting the game beyond reach.
” Just like one man after the other,” Matheny stated. That was an incredible effort .”
Overturned At Third (Twice)
The Royals’ Nicky Lopez believed he had scored a leadoff triple when Jo Adell missed his fly ball to left. However, the call was re-examined and it was ruled foul ball. In the sixth, Jared Walsh of the Angels tried to score on a fielders choice. The call was originally ruled safe but was re-examined.
Angels CF Mike Trout, who had rib inflammation and was eligible for the injured list on Monday but was unable to do so after receiving a cortisone injection in his back last Wednesday. Progressing as we expect. Nevin stated that it is a lot more rest now, as we work our way through the IL. It’s more of an everyday thing .”
Royals – C Salvador Perez will start a rehabilitation assignment at Triple-A Omaha’s on Tuesday. Matheny stated that Perez has been working hard for quite some time. After tweaking his hamstring at the weekend, Bobby Witt Jr. had to be out of the lineup on Monday.
Angles LHP Jose Suarez (1-4, 5. 60 ERA) gets the start Tuesday night while the Royals plan to bring back LHP Angel Zerpa (2-0, 1. 29) from Double-A Northwest Arkansas to take the mound
By Dave Skretta