All-Star day for Torii Hunter
It seems Torii Hunter brought his own fireworks with him on Sunday night. An explosive 11-0 win for the Los Angeles Angels, who evaded losing by the Kansas City Royals.
"You have those days sometimes," said Hunter, who had two homers and tied a career best with seven RBIs. "You feel good, like nobody can get you out. I guess it was my day."
Hunter has proven that he’s much more than just a defense-minded outfielder. It was his 13th career multi-homer game.
Before the game Hunter was proclaimed as a reserve outfielder for the July 13 All-Star Game at Angel Stadium, his fourth such honor and second consecutive with the Angels. However, according to Hunter, his performance wasn’t linked to his All-Star selection.
"I wasn’t even thinking about it," he said. "When you’re out there, you just try to win. … I just happened to have a big day."
The rest of the Angels followed through, giving 14 hits against the Royals’ pitching staff. Kansas City starting right-hander Anthony Lerew didn’t do as well as journeyman Bruce Chen, who retired the first 18 batters he faced Saturday night.
"With three pitches inside, they definitely tried to hit [Abreu]," Hunter said. "I think he kind of woke up the sleeping dogs over here."
After two pitches, the Angels led 4-0, if it weren’t for Hunter’s towering three-run blast that hooked down left-field line, it will be tougher.
"I don’t think there’s much arguing what Torii means to our club and organization," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "In so many ways, he’s having an MVP-type season."