Tonight Patrick Sandoval faced off against Martin Perez. Both sides went three up three down for the first two innings, therefore I have no highlights to share. There was this lowlight. Jo Adell was called out after review on a bang bang play at first.
Nick Solak singled and Ezequiel Duran walked to put Rangers on in the third inning. Patrick Sandoval worked his way out of trouble to leave it at a scoreless ball game after two and a half. The Angels kept it that way by failing to get a man on base in the bottom half of the third inning.
In the fourth inning Sandoval retired the Rangers in order and martin Perez returned the favor in the Angels half of the frame. Still no highlights.
Patrick Sandoval still seemed to be cruising in the fifth inning until he hit Nick Solak to extend the inning. After throwing a few more pitches to Ezequiel Duran, he picked off Nick Solak to keep the game scoreless.
The Angels sure weren’t looking at a lot of pitches today. Perez had only pitched about 42 pitches through four innings when Taylor Ward came up and grounded out on the first pitch he saw. At least Jo Adell doubled with one out to break up the perfecto. It didn’t lead to anything because Walsh and Suzuki both very promptly made outs to end the inning.
It’s time to work in another lowlight. It’s Jo Adell again. The less said the better. I’ll let the video speak for itself. 1-0 Rangers.
A little theme music for your listening enjoyment.
Adolis Garcia also doubled in the sixth inning after Jonah Heim had walked. Heim scored. 2-0 Rangers. Nathaniel Lowe singled to put men at first and third with two outs whereupon Patrick Sandoval was replaced by Andrew Wantz. Wantz retired Elier Hernandez on one pitch to stop the bleeding.
Brandon Marsh walked in the bottom of the sixth inning to get the Angels another base runner. David Fletcher singled to make it two on and one out for Shohei Ohtani. Ohtani hit a fly ball to left for an unproductive out. Luis Rengifo singled to score Brandon Marsh. 2-1 Rangers.
Martin Perez balked with Taylor Ward batting to send David Fletcher to third and Luis Rengifo to second. Taylor Ward made the third out to keep the score 2-1.
Andrew Wantz came back in for the top of the seventh inning. He gave up a double to Josh H. Smith. Kole Calhoun came in to pinch hit for Nick Solak and struck out. Ezequiel Duran reached on a fielder’s choice. Smith was out at third. Marcus Semien grounded into a force out to end the Rangers half of the seventh inning.
Jo Adell came up and worked a walk to start off the Angels half of the seventh. Jared Walsh struck out looking. Kurt Suzuki grounded out. Phil Gosselin also struck out looking. Here is that third strike if you want to feel a little rage.
Aaron Loup came in to pitch the top of the eighth inning. He got Leody Taveras out on a fly ball that Jo Adell caught this time. Jonah Heim lined out to Taylor Ward. Adolis Garcia struck out to end the Rangers half of the eighth inning.
Matt Moore replaced Martin Perez. Max Stassi pinch hit for Brandon marsh and grounded out. David Fletcher hit a fly ball out to left field. Shohei Ohtani got almost entirely knuckle curves and grounded out to third.
Magneuris Sierra came in as a defensive replacement for Max Stassi playing center field. Nathaniel Lowe popped out to short. Elier Hernandez struck out. Josh H. Smith hit the first pitch he saw for a ground ball single to Jo Adell. Kole Calhoun singled to send Josh H. Smith to second. Elvis Peguero came in to replace Loup. Ezequiel Duran doubled to score Josh H. Smith. Marcus Semien reached on a fielding error by Luis Rengifo to score Kole Calhoun.
Marcus Semien stole second. Then Ezequiel Duran scored and Semien advanced to third on a wild pitch by Peguero.
Leody Taveras singled to score Marcus Semien and advanced to second on yet another wild pitch by Peguero. Jonah Heim hit a ground rule double to score Taveras. finally Adolis Garcia struck out to stop the bleeding.
Luis Rengifo came up with the score 7-1 Texas. He singled on a ground ball to short. Taylor Ward struck out. Jo Adell also struck out. Jared Walsh reached on a fielding error and Rengifo scored. Jared Walsh advanced to second. 7-2 Rangers.
Kurt Suzuki popped out. Game over.
Cover photo credit: Rex Fregosi