Rangers 4, Angels 0
The Angels entered the night with the chance to get back to .500 at 69-69 with a win. Unfortunately, it would be a not nice night for the Halos, who helped along A.J. Alexy as the rookie Texas starter continued the torrid start to his career. Alexy threw six scoreless innings, which combined with his five blemish-free frames last time out, gave him eleven innings of no-run ball to start his Major League career.
Jaime Barria pitched better than his line, which says seven innings, eight hits, three earned runs, three strikeouts, and zero walks. Multiple batted balls of weak contact somehow found holes and were unable to be turned into outs by Angel fielders. In the first inning alone, Barria threw a ten-pitch inning in which there was a bloop single, hit-by-pitch, another bloop single, an infield single, and a GIDP for one run allowed.
Of the ten hits the Rangers tallied, only one was of extra-base variety, and it was a double. The rest of the game, they employed the tried-and-true “death by a thousand cuts” method, which saw them hit single after single en route to the four runs necessary for victory.
The Angels only managed their way to five hits (one double), all of them coming late in the game, and though there were some terrible umpire calls, the hitting still has to be better than that to win.
Next up: another opportunity to slump bust the San Diego Padres.
Title Image a Picture of AJ Alexy from Bally Sports Southwest