Salvador Perez called game.
A clutch pick-off with the bases loaded in the ninth sealed the win for the Royals, as they defeated the Angels 3-2 on Tuesday night. The current face of the Royals franchise once again showed why he is one of the best at his position.
Reliever Greg Holland struggled in the ninth, as he allowed two singles and he walked Albert Pujols to load the bases. And with Jared Walsh up to bat, Perez blocked a ball in the dirt and picked off David Fletcher to end the game.
Danny Duffy had yet another outstanding pitching performance en route to his second victory of the season. He went six innings, struck out six batters, and only allowed one run. His lone run allowed was a 431-foot home run to Shohei Ohtani in the fifth inning. The home run snapped a 10 2/3 scoreless inning streak that began the season for Duffy.
.For just the third time this season, a starter for Kansas City made it to the sixth inning. While there have been solid pitching performances, consistency is still an issue.
Perez also notched an RBI single, as did Whit Merrifield (who also stole a base on the evening) to help Duffy’s pitching performance, giving Kansas City just enough run support for the pitchers to do their job.