Stay tuned this weekend to see how the Japanese star does in his third start of the year.
On Thursday he continued his streak by helping his team beat the Kansas City Royals.
The Angels top the majors with 98 runs. You can watch all three of his home runs here. "This is professional hitters". He made that pitch really good previously, so I had that in my head. That's what we've been doing.
Over on the Royals' side, they just finished up against the Mariners. It's a great lineup. "He's so focused on playing baseball and being the best he can be over here and just not anxious about all the other stuff".
On Friday Andrew Heaney will make his first start of the season. At 11-3 overall, Los Angeles is putting up 6.64 runs per game while allowing 3.43 per contest.
The Royals are going with righty Jason Hammel (0-1, 4.09 ERA) as their starter. Mike Moustakas homered to lead off the Kansas City eighth. Barria pitched really well going five innings and gave up one hit which was a home run by to Ryan Rua.
Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar is 3-for-16 (.188) with two RBIs off Richards. Skipper Mike Scioscia then slotted him in the 8 spot for Tuesday's game.
Ohtani had 3 more at-bats the rest of the game one of them resulting in a single, and the other two were groundouts.
Paul DeJong's solo shot deep into the upper deck in center off Austin Brice (0-2) snapped a 4-4 tie in the sixth. Heaney recorded 27 strikeouts over 21 innings past year (five starts) but finished the season 1-2 overall with a 7.06 ERA and a 1.66 WHIP. Opponents are batting.089 off him. And Blue, whose time at the top was brief but who seemed nearly impossibly athletic as a pitcher, was who I was thinking about Wednesday when I drove out to the Rangers' suddenly sad second ballpark soon to be tossed aside for a third just to see an even more impossibly athletic pitcher named Shohei Ohtani.
Keynan Middleton, the fifth Los Angeles reliever, pitched a ideal ninth inning to log his fourth save in as many opportunities and his second versus Kansas City in two nights. Paulo Orlando got Kansas City's first hit with one out and Duda wound up scoring on one of Richards' three wild pitches in the inning.
Meanwhile, the Royals are 1-6 in the last seven Thursday games and 2-5 in Kennedy's last seven home starts. The Royals have gone 8-2 in those contests. Jorge Soler replaced Merrifield in the 2-hole and struck out four times. The Angels won their ninth consecutive road game, and will have Shohei Ohtani as their starting pitcher Sunday.
While the Angels are on a tear, the Royals have stumbled out of the starting blocks, losing nine of 12.