C-Rod made his first start at the MLB level. It went well for the rookie. Sure it was a depleted, bad, and very Rangers-y, but still, it was a nice confidence boost at the very least. Well, mostly. While his pitching was good, just 1ER while on the mound, the Angels offense was missing. Again. The team that was built around offense at the expense of pitching was having difficulty scoring vs the Rangers. Instead of slug fests, it was pitching duels now.
The Angels started things off with a quick inning… by the offense. Line outs are not bad but maybe take a few pitches? AT least the Rangers were even more eager to hack, as C-Rod had an even faster 1-2-3 first.
At least runners got on in the 2nd. Not that it amounted to anything. Unfortunately, the Rangers were able to do something with their men on base. It could have been worse, but it was 1-0 Rangers after 2.
The Angels went down quietly in the 3rd, again. At least C-Rod seemed to settle down and kept it a 1 run game.
With the first 2 on in the top of the 4th, things looked up. Back to back groundouts got 2 outs, but also a run scored. Productive outs. Tied game! C-Rod appreciated it and sent down the Rangers in order. Tied after 4.
Besides a Fletcher walk, nothing went right for the Angels in the 5th. Things did go right for the Rangers though, stealing a run by stealing home. 2-1 Rangers.
Angels did not answer back in the 6th. Fortunately, the Rangers did not either. Still 2-1 Rangers after 6.
The offense was being pathetic against the worst team in the AL with yet another no run inning. C-Rod pitching into the 7th, but after 2 hits was pulled. It was a good start, but did not feel like it due to the lack of offense.
Mayers had the unenviable situation of runners on the corners no outs. He allowed a sac fly to the first batter. A couple of outs and it was looking well until another hit drove in another run. 4-1 Rangers after 7.
The Angels offense continued to be offensive, not even getting on base. Again. For the 3rd straight inning. Q was in now, and the white flag was waived. It did not matter at this point, game was over. The Rangers wanted this over so did not score, giving Maddon a false sense of security. Still 4-1 Rangers after 8.
9th inning time down 3 runs. Gosselin flied out. Stassi struck out. Marsh flied out. Angels lose to the Rangers.
More games vs the Rangers the next 3 days. What should be easy games will be hard. That is how it has been this year. Do not expect scoring. Please drink responsibly.