This was already shaping up to be a major try-out game for all the newbies and then Justin Upton was scratched late. It turned out to be his back again. Instead this turned out to be a try out game for marginal veteran players wanting to play next year. Gosselin got moved out to left field and Jared Walsh was penciled in at first. Hang on to your hats! Sooner or later we might witness some Junk, here! Not tonight, though!
Leody Taveras popped out to first base. Isiah Kiner-Falefa struck out swinging. Adolis Garcia also struck out on a foul tip. Three up, three down.
David Fletcher hit a fly ball to left for out number one. Shohei Ohtani followed suit for out number two. Phil Gosselin had to be different so he grounded out to the shortstop for out number three.
DJ Peters grounded out softly to Suarez for the first out. Nathaniel Lowe grounded out to Rengifo for the second out. Nick Solak then grounded out to third to end the Rangers’ half of the second inning.
Jack Mayfield struck out. So did Jared Walsh. (Poor guy. He had to face a lefty.) Jo Adell then grounded out to first to keep the double perfect game alive.
Charlie Culberson struck out swinging. Yohel Pozo hit a fly ball out to center field. Jose Trevino also struck out swinging.
Kurt Suzuki popped out to second base for the first out. Holy crap! Juan Lagares homered to break up the double perfect game in the third. Lock it down, guys! Luis Rengifo struck out. David Fletcher lined out to center field. The Angels were winning a good old fashioned pitchers’ duel at this point.
Leody Tavares doubled on a liner to left field. Isiah Kiner-Falefa hit a fly ball to left for the first out. Adolis Garcia struck out, but not before Tavares made it to third base on a botched pick off play. They gave Suarez the error. DJ Peters struck out swinging to make out number three.
Shohei Ohtani hit a grounder to first for the first out of the Angels fourth inning. Phil Gosselin lined out to center. Jack Mayfield grounded out softly to the pitcher to complete the fourth inning.
Nathaniel Lowe singled out to Gosselin to open up the fifth. Nick Solak popped out to Rengifo for the first out. Charlie Culberson singled on a soft grounder to Suarez. There were men on first and second with one out for Yohel Pozo. Pozo hit a fly ball out to center to make it two outs. Nobody advanced. Jose Trevino hit a fly ball out to Phil Gosselin to end the Rangers’ half of the fifth inning.
Jared Walsh grounded out sharply to third base. Then Jo Adell singled on a liner to left field. Kurt Suzuki lined out to center without advancing the runner. The mighty Juan Lagares came up with a man on and two outs. Then Jo Adell was almost out on a stolen base, but he was ruled safe after the initial call was overturned on a challenge. Lagares struck out to make it a moot point.
Leody Tavares, whose batting average was now up to .122, grounded out to second to bring it back down to .120. Isiah Kiner-Falefa hit a fly ball out to Phil Gosselin. Adolis Garcia struck out swinging.
Once again, up came Luis Rengifo and he worked a walk. David Fletcher reached on a fielding error by Charlie Culberson and Rengifo advanced to second base. With two men on and no outs, Shohei Ohtani came to the plate. He homered on the first pitch and it was 4-0 Angels. Phil Gosselin singled to right to keep the hit train moving. Jack Mayfield grounded into a double play. Oh well. Next up was Jared Walsh, who singled to center field chasing Kolby Allard out of the game. Demarcus Evans came in to face Jo Adell and struck him out to end the sixth inning.
DJ Peters was called out on strikes to open up the seventh inning. Suarez had thrown 71 pitches at this point. Nathaniel Lowe grounded out to the shortstop, Luis Rengifo. So did Nick Solak to end the Rangers half of the Seventh Inning.
Kurt Suzuki hit a fly ball out to center fielder Leody Tavares. Juan Lagares struck out. Luis Rengifo was also out on a fly ball to center. These guys are not helping their cause (other than the homer hit by Lagares).
Suarez came back out in the eighth inning to face Charlie Culberson. Culberson grounded out to Rengifo, who at least made his plays at shortstop today. Yohel Pozo singled on a ground ball out to left. Jose Trevino grounded into a double play started by Luis Rengifo. The Rangers had three more outs to play with and the Angels were yet to bat in the eighth. Nice game for Jose Suarez!
Spencer Patton came in to replace Demarcus Evans. He got David Fletcher to ground out to second. Shohei Ohtani singled to right field to bring up Phil Gosselin with a man on and one out. Unfortunately, Shohei Ohtani was out stealing to make it two outs. Phil Gosselin was safe at first on another costly fielding error by Charlie Culberson. Jack Mayfield made out, though, on a fly ball to center to end the eighth inning.
Brandon Marsh came in to replace Gosselin, except playing in center field. Jo Adell moved over to left and Juan Lagares moved over to right. Jose Suarez was still pitching! Leody Tavares singled on a grounder to David Fletcher. Isiah Kiner-Falefa was batting when a wild pitch advanced Tavares to second base. Isiah Kiner-Falefa hit a sacrifice fly to center to advance Tavares to third base with one out. Adolis Garcia grounded out to score Tavares. 4-1 Angels. DJ Peters grounded out to end the game. the Angels won it 4-1.
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