Quirky first inning buries Kennedy, Royals

Quirky first inning buries Kennedy, Royals

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Royals right-hander Ian Kennedy's first inning of work on Monday night nearly filled up a box score.

There was a walk, a hit-by-pitch, a squibber-foul-ball-turned-fair-turned-infield-hit, a wild pitch, a botched double play -- you name it, it was in that first inning. And when it was over, the Angels had a 3-0 lead they didn't relinquish in a 6-1 win.

"A lot of weird stuff," Kennedy said.

Leadoff man Yunel Escobar was nicked by a pitch to reach first.

"Just barely," Kennedy said.

Then Rafael Ortega sent a spinner down the third-base line that was foul, but incredibly rolled back fair and settled between the line and the grass for an infield hit.

"It was foul, came back fair," Royals third baseman Moustakas said, "and I was hoping it would come back foul again. It almost did. But that's baseball."

Kennedy then walked Mike Trout, but got Albert Pujols on a broken-bat comebacker to the mound. Kennedy bobbled the ball, and instead of a sure and easy 1-2-3 double play, he only got the force at home.

"If he catches that ball on the comebacker he probably gets out of that inning unscathed," Royals manager Ned Yost said.

Kennedy still was frustrated afterward he didn't turn that double play.

"That could have helped. Definitely," Kennedy said. "It just came out of my glove. I was trying to get a double play. In my head it's an error because it should have been a double play. I didn't make it easier on myself tonight."

A wild pitch produced one run, a groundout plated another, and then Andrelton Simmons punched a base hit to right and it was 3-0. Simmons' ball was the first one to reach the outfield.

"It was a lot of weird stuff," Kennedy said. "I was disappointed I didn't get out of there with just two runs given up, especially with the bases loaded and their best guys up in their lineup.

"My really, my command was off and it was a grind. It seemed like I was behind 2-0 and 2-1 to every hitter."

Jeffrey Flanagan is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @FlannyMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.