Frazier hits go-ahead home run, as Estevez blows it again

Angels' Carlos Estevez gives up a two-run home run in the ninth inning, allowing the Royals to win the first two games of the series.

ANAHEIM, Calif.– Right hander Griffin Canning pitched 5 2/3 scoreless innings, allowing three hits and recording three strikeouts in a 2-1 loss to the Kansas City Royals on Friday night at Angel Stadium.

Jo Adell hit a 436 ft home run off Alec Marsh in the 5th inning. In the top of the 9th, Adam Frazier hit a 364 ft home run to take a 2-1 lead.

Adell went 1-for-3 on the night, striking out with runners on second and third in the bottom of the sixth inning.

Here are three takeaways:

Canning’s performance not enough

The Angels were close to winning their second game of a four-game series with Canning on the mound, but Frazier had other plans.

Canning threw 90 pitches, dropping his ERA to 5.75. Melendez hit a triple in the 2nd, but the Royals didn’t score until the 9th, going 0-for-6 with runners in scoring position.

Bobby Witt Jr. went 0-for-4 against Angels pitching, leaving him with a .310 batting average. He currently leads the American League in runs scored with 36.

After the game, Angels Manager Ron Washington discussed Canning’s performance in his latest three starts.

“I thought he was outstanding,” Washington said. “That’s the third one in a row. He went out there and pitched his heart out.”

Estevez can’t hold it down for the Angels

The Angels were down to their final two outs when Frazier hit a go-ahead home run. It was his first home run since July 30th, 2023.

MJ Melendez finished the night 2-for-3 with a single in the top of the ninth with one out.

The Angels lost their second game in a row against the Royals after Estevez blew his third save in six attempts.

The Royals’ pitcher Alec Marsh held the Halos to one run in his first game in three weeks since injuring his elbow.

Cimber escaped the sixth-inning jam with a strikeout, after Canning walked Salvador Perez. The next two guys, Moore and García, kept the Angels in the game through the first eight innings.

The Angels making moves

Niko Goodrum, who was claimed off waivers from Tampa Bay on Thursday, made his debut with the Angels on Friday, starting at third base. He went hitless during the game.

New Angels second baseman Luis Guillorme went 1-for-3, hitting a leadoff double to left field in the bottom of the 3rd.

Several key players for the Angels will be out for a while, including Mike Trout, Anthony Rendon, Brandon Drury, Luis Rengifo, and Miguel Sano.

On Thursday, Ehire Adrianza went on the 10-day injured list because of back spasms.

The Angels have won 14 games and lost 25 so far this season. Unfortunately, their record is even worse when playing at home, with only 4 wins and 13 losses.

Tyler Anderson (2-4, 2.74 ERA) will pitch for Los Angeles on Saturday against Kansas City’s LHP Cole Ragans (2-2, 3.38 ERA) in the third game of the series.