By Pete Zarustica
Ian Kennedy starred for the La Quinta Aztecs in his high school days and grew up as an Angels’ fan. But that didn’t keep him from being tough on the old hometown team as he pitched the Kansas City Royals to a 3-1 win over the Halos Friday in Anaheim.
Kennedy (1-6) worked six strong innings, giving up just two hits and one run. He struck out four and walked one batter.
“It feels really good,” Kennedy said of getting a win. “My last start, I got a hit and a walk and everyone was saying ‘Good job.’ But I said, ‘I’ll trade a hit, a walk, anything to get a win.’ Some people didn’t know I didn’t have a win [for a while]. But I’m glad to just get one. Maybe more to come.”
The loss tipped the Orange County team below .500 again at 35-36 and into third place in the American League West. For Kansas City (32-34) it was a sixth straight victory
Managing only three hits on the night, the sole Angel run came on a home run by Cliff Pennington in the bottom of the sixth inning, which broke up a perfect game for Kennedy. The team’s weak offense wasted a strong effort by starter Jesse Chavez (5-7), who worked seven innings, giving up nine hits and two runs. He struck out four batters and walked one. Two of the Royals’ runs came on home runs by Lorenzo Cain.
On Saturday the Angels will send Alex Meyer (2-3) to the mound.