The Angels lose the game and thus the series vs the Rangers. It was looking well, with good pitching and hitting until the 8th, when it all went wrong. Losing to the Rangers is painful enough as it is, but a blown loss is even worse.
Jose Quintana got the start on the mound again. This time, things went well. He had a 1-2-3 first, a pickoff in the second, and got out of a jam in the 3rd. Walks did cost him in the 4th, however, and a run scored. Q went 5 innings, 8 K’s, 4 walks, and 2 hits while only allowing that 1 run.
The hit 3 home runs in the first 4 innings. All were solo shots though. With 1-3 with RISP and that one hit being an infield hit that scored no one, it was not exactly pretty. Especially with 6 LOBSTERS.
Chris Rodriguez came in for the 6th in relief. He was absolutely filthy. 2 and 1/3 innings of relief allowing just 1 hit and 1 walk while striking out 4. C-Rod is well on his way to being the pitcher we need him to be.
Mike Mayers came in to relive C-Rod in the 8th and blew the game, giving up 2 home runs and allowing his and C-Rod’s guys to score. That 3-1 lead became a 5-3 deficit.
Watson came in, the 3rd pitcher in the 8th, to stop the bleeding. He at least kept the Rangers hitters at bay to be down only 2. Maddon would be questioned for his bullpen use as he should.
After the offense did squat in the 8th, except getting Upton hurt, Junior Guerra pitched the 9th. He did not have his best game as he walked in a run. Then he balked in a run. 7-3 Rangers.
Those earlier runs hurt more as Churches hit another solo shot to make it 7-4. But, that was it and the Angels lose by that score.
Angels scored right away thanks to a Trout bomb to RF in the first.
Ohtani-san had his own shot to the same area in the 3rd.
Justin Upton tried, but his bat was not up to snuff. So he had to get a new one.
His new one seemed to do the trick, as he hit a home run next at bat.
With the loss, the Angels go to 9-7 on the season. With how competitive the AL West is, every loss is panful. The Astros have sole possession of last place at least. Angels hope to keep them there as that series is up next starting tomorrow at 5 in Houston.