Shohei Ohtani continued his impressive start in the majors on Thursday as he drove in three runs with his first career triple in the Los Angeles Angels' 7-1 win over the Kansas City Royals. They have lost three straight and figure to be hovering around the basement of the division all year long.
With two strikes, Ohtani drove a 97 miles per hour fastball from Brandon Maurer to right-center for his first major league triple, scoring Calhoun, Andrelton Simmons and Luis Valbuena. The three runs all came from a three-run homer in the second inning, so it looks like Ohtani settled in nicely after that.
Kole Calhoun had a two-run single in the seventh for Los Angeles, which has won eight of nine. Andrelton Simmons then walked and Luis Valbuena singled to load the bases, prompting Kansas City manager Ned Yost to bring in Maurer to face Ohtani.
CHICAGO - Gregory Polanco homered twice to help back a third straight solid start by Trevor Williams, and Pittsburgh pulled away from Chicago. On one hand, Hammel has been a mixed bag in his two starts (five earned in one and zero in the other) and he could be trouble for LA if he continues throwing like he did in Cleveland.
He pitched well in his last start, but didn't last that long, throwing only 4.1 innings overall despite just allowing one earned run. In his first seven games with an at-bat, including one as a pinch-hitter, the left-handed slugger hit.346 with three homers and 11 RBI.
LeMahieu added an RBI double in the second off Gonzalez (1-1).
Hammel will make his first home start of the season. The Royals have hit three over their last 10. The bullpen has an outstanding ERA of just 2.48, along with a WHIP of 1.29.
Stratton (1-1) kept the Padres mostly off the bases through seven innings.
It's not often the No. 8 batter gets the intentional-walk treatment.
The two-way star's batting heroics came four days after he took a no-hitter into the seventh inning in his last pitching start against the Oakland Athletics.
Law, recalled from Triple-A Sacramento before the game, threw two flawless innings.