The lights and cameras were on as America watched ESPN's Sunday Night Baseball on the Fourth of July.
Unfortunately for local product Anthony Lerew (Northern) and the Kansas City Royals, making a rare appearance on national television, the Los Angeles Angels shined a little bit brighter.
Lerew, the starting pitcher for the Royals, was removed from the game following five shaky innings. Lerew allowed six earned runs on six hits, walking two and striking out three.
Los Angeles won the game, 11-0.
Lerew fired two scoreless innings before he was eventually touched up for four runs in the third. In the inning, Lerew surrendered a long sacrifice fly to Bobby Abreu and a three-run home run to American League All-Star Torii Hunter.
Lerew, who drew comments on his unusually-large sideburns from ESPN broadcasters Jon Miller, Joe Morgan and Orel Hershiser, allowed his first baserunner in the first inning, plunking the Angels' Abreu with an inside fastball.
The pitch appeared to be in retaliation of teammate Billy Butler getting beaned twice the night before.
Lerew fell to 1-2 on the season.