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Kole Calhoun has solidified himself as an everyday outfielder this season with the Los Angeles Angels.
Winning a Gold Glove award last season wasn’t a fluke, and it seems like the 28-year-old right fielder wants to win the honour once again in the 2016 campaign.
With the Angels up 5-0, Kansas City Royals DH Kendrys Morales was up to bat to start the bottom of the 7th. Morales is a fan favorite, and the crowd let the opposing pitcher, Tyler Skaggs know about it.
With no balls and 2 strikes, Morales smoked the incoming pitch to deep right-centre field. Calhoun proceeded to track down the ball, and the rest was history. The catch kept the fans in check, and took away the last ounce of momentum for the Royals; as the Angels ended up winning this game, 13-0.
Kole Calhoun shows why he won the Gold Glove last year. pic.twitter.com/A6hp4hw4Eb
— Jacob Firmage (@jrfirmage) July 27, 2016
Calhoun didn’t just impress with his glove; as the 4-year veteran out of Arizona State went 2-5 with his bat, to go along with 3 total bases and 4 RBIs. The stud outfielder is having a solid year with his squad, batting .281 to go along with 10 HRs, 50 RBIs, and 63 runs on the season.
The blowout victory improves the Angels to a 45-55 record on the season. They might be 5th in the division, but it hasn’t been due to their talent. Injuries to key players, such as starting pitchers Garrett Richards and C.J. Wilson, have hurt them and it’s going to take some time for the organization to figure out what they’re going to do in a few months.
Things also haven’t been great for the Royals, as this loss moves them to a 48-51 record. They are 3-7 in their last 10 games, and seem to be stuck at 4th in the AL Central; 9.5 games back of the 1st place Cleveland Indians. They’ll have to make a run, and it has to be sooner rather than later.
Both teams will play each other again on July 27, at the Kauffman Stadium at 8:15 p.m. EST.
All stats for this article are from MLB.com
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