Surprise, Ariz. The next time Jeff Francis faces the Los Angeles Angels it will be a more meaningful game for the Kansas City Royals left-hander.
Francis gave up six runs, but only three earned, on five hits and a walk, while striking out seven in five innings as the Angels took advantage of five Royals errors to win 14-6 Tuesday night.
The Angels did not bring most of their regulars, but they stroked 15 hits led by Hank Conger’s three hits, including a home run, and three RBIs.
Peter Bourjos also homered, while minor league outfielder Clay Fuller hit a grand slam in the eighth off Royals left-hander Robert Fish.
The Royals and Angels open the season against each other March 31 in Kansas City with Francis scheduled to start the second game of the season.
Did Francis show his entire arsenal against the Angels in an exhibition game?
“I don’t have a big arsenal to show or not show,” Francis said. “There might be a few things that I’m working on executing that I might throw in certain situations that I might not throw (in the regular season). But for the most part it’s a fastball, it’s a curveball and it’s a change (up).
“That’s what I do. That’s it. I’m not working on a secret knuckleball. I only know one way to pitch, so I’m preparing for the season. What is there to hide?”