Keller dazzles as Royals hold off Angels 2-0 in makeup game

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Brad Keller has never given Royals manager Ned Yost a reason to question his confidence.

Not when the young right-hander walked into the clubhouse in spring training, freshly acquired from Arizona in the Rule 5 draft. Not when he was thrown into the bullpen after spending most of his career as a starter. And not when Yost moved him back to the rotation in the big leagues.

So when Keller stared down the Los Angeles Angels' potent lineup, and held Mike Trout and Co. to two hits over seven innings, the skipper may have one of the few people in the ballpark unsurprised.

''He was never wide-eyed. Never overwhelmed in any situation we put him in,'' Yost marveled after the 22-year-old Keller pitched the Royals to a 2-0 win Monday in the makeup of a game frozen out in April.

Keller (2-2) struck out six and walked two in his fifth career major league start. Nobody reached second on him, one of his two baserunners was wiped out by a double play, and he gamely retired the side in order in the seventh, when his pitch count eclipsed 100 for the first time this season.

''I definitely feel more comfortable with every start,'' Keller said. ''Just try not to let the moment get too big, especially up here. Things tend to snowball up here.''

His bullpen made the outstanding start stand up, too.

Kevin McCarthy struck out Chris Young and retired Ian Kinsler to strand a runner on third base in the eighth, and Wily Peralta finished the three-hitter by working around Albert Pujols' single in the ninth.

It was the first save for the longtime starter in 136 career big league games.

''In a game like this, you're not going to hang your hat on one situation. We just didn't do enough offensively,'' Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. ''On the offensive side it was a tough day for us.''

The Royals scored the only run they needed off Tyler Skaggs (6-5) in the fourth. Duda, who is known primarily for his power, managed to dribble a single through the infield, driving in Hunter Dozier after he reached on a leadoff double on a mild, sun-splashed afternoon.

Herrera added an RBI single, his career-high third hit of the game, in the eighth inning.

Skaggs, who was scratched from his start last week with right hamstring tightness, allowed seven hits and walked two in seven innings. He struck out eight for the third straight start.

''It's difficult. A quick turnaround,'' Skaggs said. ''A day game yesterday, fly here, kind of another day game - an afternoon game - and another game tomorrow. A lot of travelling and a tough schedule, but nobody's feeling sorry for us.''

Indeed, both teams had to fly into Kansas City for the makeup game. The Angels kicked off a road trip that sends them to Boston and Baltimore, and the Royals stopped between series in Houston and Milwaukee.

Not that Yost's bunch minds now. The Royals had lost nine in a row at Kauffman Stadium, and had been outscored 54-17 over the stretch, with their last win coming June 2 against Oakland.

Of their four wins overall in June, three have been shutouts.

JACKIE ROBINSON DAY

The Angels and Royals were supposed to wear No. 42 to celebrate Jackie Robinson when their game was frozen out on April 15. So, everybody donned the iconic No. 42 jerseys Monday instead.

''When we were going to do it, it was like, what, 18 degrees here?'' Scioscia said. ''The guys were really looking forward to it. We're glad we get the chance.''

ESKY ALL OVER

The Royals' Alcides Escobar started at third to give Mike Moustakas a day off. The club wants to give youngster Adalberto Mondesi a long look at shortstop, so Escobar has been moved around a bit. He started in center in Houston last Friday and has a majors-leading streak of 411 consecutive starts.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Angels: RHP Garrett Richards (left hamstring strain) threw off a mound, but Scioscia warned ''we'll have to progress from there.'' ... INF Zack Cozart (left shoulder subluxation) began baseball activities but is still in the evaluation phase. ... INF Jefry Marte (left wrist sprain) is also swinging now. ''We've got a whole team back in Southern California,'' Scioscia deadpanned.

Royals: INF Cheslor Cuthbert remains sidelined with a lower back strain. ''He's starting to feel a little better,'' Yost said, but there is no timetable for his return.

UP NEXT

The Angels begin their scheduled road trip Tuesday night in Boston, where left-hander John Lamb (0-0, 5.40 ERA) starts in the opener of a three-game set. Kansas City returns to the road with right-hander Jakob Junis (5-8, 4.43 ERA) starting the first of two games in Milwaukee on Tuesday night.

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  • W: B. Keller (2-2)L: T. Skaggs (6-5)S: W. Peralta (1)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
I. Kinsler 2B40000001.212.277.382.6590.0
M. Trout DH30100110.325.461.6571.1181.5
J. Upton LF40000022.250.337.461.799-1.0
A. Pujols 1B30100100.250.286.413.6992.0
L. Valbuena 3B40000022.217.263.368.631-1.0
A. Simmons SS30100000.308.373.420.7931.0
K. Calhoun RF20000021.164.215.231.446-1.0
a- D. Fletcher PH-RF00000000.368.400.474.8743.0
M. Maldonado C30000011.248.305.351.656-0.5
C. Young CF30000011.171.261.352.613-0.5
  • a-hit by pitch for Calhoun in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
W. Merrifield 2B40200000.283.360.406.7663.0
R. Herrera RF40310001.250.267.364.6303.0
S. Perez C40000015.218.261.404.666-0.5
H. Dozier 1B31100122.231.286.377.6632.0
L. Duda DH30110020.259.321.413.7331.0
A. Escobar 3B20000101.201.256.286.5421.0
A. Gordon LF30100011.258.333.357.6911.5
A. Almonte CF30100022.189.262.299.562-1.0
A. Mondesi SS21000110.143.182.190.3721.5
    BATTING
    • 2B - W. Merrifield (23), H. Dozier (7), A. Gordon (7)
    • RBI - R. Herrera (5), L. Duda (21)
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - D. Fletcher
    BASERUNNING
    • CS - R. Herrera (2), H. Dozier (2), A. Almonte (2)
    FIELDING
    • DP - 3 (Simmons-Kinsler-Pujols; Maldonado-Kinsler; Simmons-Kinsler-Pujols)
    FIELDING
    • DP - (Mondesi-Dozier)
    • E - H. Dozier (2)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    T. Skaggs (L, 6-5)7.07112802.691.2313.0
    H. Robles1.02111105.401.66-0.5
    PITCHERSIP
    T. Skaggs (L, 6-5)7.0
    H. Robles1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    B. Keller (W, 2-2)7.02002602.251.2330.0
    T. Hill0.00000004.561.310.0
    K. McCarthy (H, 6)1.00000103.511.143.5
    W. Peralta (S, 1)1.01000202.451.6410.0
    PITCHERSIP
    B. Keller (W, 2-2)7.0
    T. Hill0.0
    K. McCarthy (H, 6)1.0
    W. Peralta (S, 1)1.0
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - T. Skaggs 110-77, H. Robles 20-10
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Skaggs 3-6, H. Robles 1-0
    • Batters Faced - T. Skaggs 26, H. Robles 5
    PITCHING
    • HBP - T. Hill (2)
    • Pitches-Strikes - B. Keller 109-67, T. Hill 4-3, K. McCarthy 9-8, W. Peralta 19-13
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - B. Keller 13-1, K. McCarthy 2-0
    • Batters Faced - B. Keller 24, T. Hill, K. McCarthy 3, W. Peralta 4
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    I. Kinsler 2B40000001.212.277.382.6590.0
    M. Trout DH30100110.325.461.6571.1181.5
    J. Upton LF40000022.250.337.461.799-1.0
    A. Pujols 1B30100100.250.286.413.6992.0
    L. Valbuena 3B40000022.217.263.368.631-1.0
    A. Simmons SS30100000.308.373.420.7931.0
    K. Calhoun RF20000021.164.215.231.446-1.0
    a- D. Fletcher PH-RF00000000.368.400.474.8743.0
    M. Maldonado C30000011.248.305.351.656-0.5
    C. Young CF30000011.171.261.352.613-0.5
    Total290300298-----
    • a-hit by pitch for Calhoun in the 8th
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    W. Merrifield 2B40200000.283.360.406.7663.0
    R. Herrera RF40310001.250.267.364.6303.0
    S. Perez C40000015.218.261.404.666-0.5
    H. Dozier 1B31100122.231.286.377.6632.0
    L. Duda DH30110020.259.321.413.7331.0
    A. Escobar 3B20000101.201.256.286.5421.0
    A. Gordon LF30100011.258.333.357.6911.5
    A. Almonte CF30100022.189.262.299.562-1.0
    A. Mondesi SS21000110.143.182.190.3721.5
    Total2829203912-----
      BATTING
      • 2B - W. Merrifield (23), H. Dozier (7), A. Gordon (7)
      • RBI - R. Herrera (5), L. Duda (21)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - D. Fletcher
      BASERUNNING
      • CS - R. Herrera (2), H. Dozier (2), A. Almonte (2)
      FIELDING
      • DP - 3 (Simmons-Kinsler-Pujols; Maldonado-Kinsler; Simmons-Kinsler-Pujols)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Mondesi-Dozier)
      • E - H. Dozier (2)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      T. Skaggs (L, 6-5)7.07112802.691.2313.0
      H. Robles1.02111105.401.66-0.5
      Total8.0922390---
      PITCHERSIP
      T. Skaggs (L, 6-5)7.0
      H. Robles1.0
      Total8.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      B. Keller (W, 2-2)7.02002602.251.2330.0
      T. Hill0.00000004.561.310.0
      K. McCarthy (H, 6)1.00000103.511.143.5
      W. Peralta (S, 1)1.01000202.451.6410.0
      Total9.0300290---
      PITCHERSIP
      B. Keller (W, 2-2)7.0
      T. Hill0.0
      K. McCarthy (H, 6)1.0
      W. Peralta (S, 1)1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - T. Skaggs 110-77, H. Robles 20-10
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Skaggs 3-6, H. Robles 1-0
      • Batters Faced - T. Skaggs 26, H. Robles 5
      PITCHING
      • HBP - T. Hill (2)
      • Pitches-Strikes - B. Keller 109-67, T. Hill 4-3, K. McCarthy 9-8, W. Peralta 19-13
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - B. Keller 13-1, K. McCarthy 2-0
      • Batters Faced - B. Keller 24, T. Hill, K. McCarthy 3, W. Peralta 4
      • 8TH INNING
        Herrera singled to left, Mondesi scored, Merrifield to second02
      • 4TH INNING
        Duda singled to right, Dozier scored01
      • 9TH INNING
        • Wily Peralta relieved Kevin McCarthy
        • M. Trout: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Trout struck out looking
        • J. Upton: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Upton struck out swinging
        • A. Pujols: Ball, Ball, Pujols singled to left
        • L. Valbuena: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Valbuena flied out to deep left
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Tim Hill relieved Brad Keller
        • David Fletcher hit for Kole Calhoun
        • D. Fletcher: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Fletcher hit by pitch
        • Kevin McCarthy relieved Tim Hill
        • M. Maldonado: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Fletcher stole second, Maldonado grounded out to third, Fletcher to third
        • C. Young: Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Young struck out swinging
        • I. Kinsler: Kinsler grounded out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Hansel Robles relieved Tyler Skaggs
        • A. Mondesi: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Mondesi walked
        • W. Merrifield: Strike looking, Ball, Merrifield singled to shallow right, Mondesi to third
        • R. Herrera: Ball, Ball, Foul, Herrera singled to left, Mondesi scored, Merrifield to second
        • S. Perez: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Perez grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Merrifield to third, Herrera out at second
        • H. Dozier: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Dozier struck out swinging
        • End of the 8th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • B. Keller Pitching:
        • A. Pujols: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Pujols grounded out to third
        • L. Valbuena: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Valbuena struck out swinging
        • A. Simmons: Strike swinging, Simmons grounded out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • T. Skaggs Pitching:
        • L. Duda: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Duda struck out swinging
        • A. Escobar: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Escobar walked
        • A. Gordon: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Gordon lined out to shortstop
        • A. Almonte: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Almonte struck out swinging
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • B. Keller Pitching:
        • C. Young: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Young fouled out to third
        • I. Kinsler: Kinsler grounded out to second
        • M. Trout: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Trout singled to center
        • J. Upton: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Upton grounded out to third
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • T. Skaggs Pitching:
        • R. Herrera: Ball, Foul, Herrera singled to center
        • S. Perez: Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Perez struck out swinging
        • H. Dozier: Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Herrera caught stealing, catcher to second
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • B. Keller Pitching:
        • A. Simmons: Ball, Ball, Simmons grounded out to third
        • K. Calhoun: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Calhoun struck out swinging
        • M. Maldonado: Ball, Maldonado grounded out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • T. Skaggs Pitching:
        • A. Almonte: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Almonte singled to center
        • A. Mondesi: Foul, Almonte picked off at second, pitcher to first to shortstop to pitcher, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Mondesi struck out swinging
        • W. Merrifield: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Merrifield flied out to center
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • B. Keller Pitching:
        • M. Trout: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul on 1st baseman Dozier dropped ball error, Ball, Trout walked
        • J. Upton: Ball, Strike swinging, Upton grounded into double play shortstop to first, Trout out at second
        • A. Pujols: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Pujols walked
        • L. Valbuena: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Strike swinging, Valbuena struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
        • T. Skaggs Pitching:
        • H. Dozier: Dozier doubled to left center
        • L. Duda: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Duda singled to right, Dozier scored
        • A. Escobar: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Escobar grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Duda out at second
        • A. Gordon: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Gordon struck out swinging
        • End of the 4th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • B. Keller Pitching:
        • M. Maldonado: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Strike looking, Maldonado struck out looking
        • C. Young: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Young grounded out to first
        • I. Kinsler: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Kinsler grounded out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • T. Skaggs Pitching:
        • A. Mondesi: Strike looking, Mondesi grounded out to third
        • W. Merrifield: Strike swinging, Foul, Merrifield lined out to left
        • R. Herrera: Herrera singled to right center
        • S. Perez: Strike looking, Foul, Perez lined out to right
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • B. Keller Pitching:
        • A. Pujols: Ball, Ball, Foul, Pujols grounded out to pitcher
        • L. Valbuena: Valbuena grounded out to first
        • A. Simmons: Strike looking, Ball, Simmons reached on an infield single to third
        • K. Calhoun: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Calhoun struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • T. Skaggs Pitching:
        • L. Duda: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Duda struck out swinging
        • A. Escobar: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Escobar grounded out to pitcher
        • A. Gordon: Gordon doubled to left center
        • A. Almonte: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Almonte struck out swinging
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • B. Keller Pitching:
        • I. Kinsler: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Kinsler grounded out to shortstop
        • M. Trout: Strike looking, Trout grounded out to third
        • J. Upton: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Upton struck out looking
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • T. Skaggs Pitching:
        • W. Merrifield: Ball, Foul, Merrifield doubled to deep right center
        • R. Herrera: Strike looking, Herrera lined out to left
        • S. Perez: Strike looking, Ball, Perez lined out to left
        • H. Dozier: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Dozier walked
        • L. Duda: Ball, Foul, Ball, Dozier picked off at second, catcher to first to shortstop
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)