BY: PATRICK PHAM
It was quite the slugfest for the Kansas City Royals on Sunday as they swept the Los Angeles Angels, 7-2 advancing to the ALCS. Right fielder, Norichika Aoki went 3 for 3 scoring two runs while shortstop for the Angels, Erick Aybar went 4 for 4 with a stolen base.
Mike Trout of the Angels started things off hitting a homerun into the fountain of Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City. However, the Royals countered back when Alex Gordon hit a liner in deep left center field driving in all three runners giving the Royals a 3-1 lead.
In the third inning, Royals scored again after first baseman, Eric Hosmer homered to right field allowing Aoki to score increasing their lead, 5-1. Hosmer was also the hero for Game 2 of ALDS hitting the game winning homerun. Angels first baseman, Albert Pujols gave them little light hitting a homerun to left field making it 5-2.
Still, the Royals kept on moving along after third baseman, Mike Moustakas muscled on up again hitting a homerun to right field in the fourth inning. Moustakas hit the game winning homerun in Game 1. Also, center fielder, Lorenzo Cain hit a sacrifice fly driving in another run making it, 7-2.
Aoki hit an RBI single in the sixth inning giving the Royals a secure lead of 8-2. The Angels only other run came in the eighth inning when left fielder, Josh Hamilton hit a grounder allowing second baseman, Howie Kendrick to score.
Unfortunately, the Angels stars couldn’t find a groove the whole series. Pujols went 2-12, Trout 1-12, and Hamilton went 0-13. Royals won with the final score 8-3. Still, the Angels can keep their heads up high with an impressive season claiming the best record in the MLB of 98 wins and 64 losses.
Royals will play the Baltimore Orioles in the ALCS. The Orioles also swept their opponent, the Detroit Tigers in a dominating fashion.