Top of Angels' lineup comes through in sixth inning

Top of Angels' lineup comes through in sixth inning

ANAHEIM -- Yordano Ventura breezed through the first 5 2/3 innings in Game 2 of the American League Division Series at Angel Stadium on Friday, frequently hitting 100-plus mph with his fastball, consistently throwing his 12-to-6 breaking ball for strikes and making a reeling Angels offense look off-balance.

Then the young Royals right-hander faced the top of the order for the third time, and finally the Angels broke through.

  Date Time Matchup/Result Network
Gm 1 Oct. 2   KC 3, LAA 2 video
Gm 2 Oct. 3   KC 4, LAA 1 video
Gm 3 Oct. 5   KC 8, LAA 3 video

It began with leadoff hitter Kole Calhoun, who lined his second single up the middle to put a runner on with two outs. Mike Trout, 0-for-6 with a walk to start his much-anticipated postseason debut, fell behind 0-2, then saw four straight balls -- three of them at 100 mph -- to draw a walk. Albert Pujols, 0-for-6 with a walk, followed with a line-drive single to right field, bringing Calhoun around to tie the game at 1.

It was Pujols' 89th career postseason hit, tying him with David Justice for seventh all time. The RBI single was his 16th career postseason game-tying or go-ahead hit, which put him sixth all time.

Alden Gonzalez is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Gonzo and "The Show", and follow him on Twitter @Alden_Gonzalez. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.