Angels unleash late-inning heroics as Rangers help “throw back” for throwback weekend, win in 9-7 slugfest

Saturday night was throwback weekend at the Big A, as the Angels harkened back to halcyon days of May, when they could win baseball games without imbuing fans with a seismic toss. They didn’t need the throwback jerseys to win, though. The Texas Rangers helped out with that part themselves.

With the Angels trailing by three runs in the 8th inning, David Fletcher came through with a 2-run double to left. The Rangers followed that up with a gift passed ball, followed by a Luis Rengifo 2-run double to right-center field to give the Angels a 9-7 lead.

Raisel Iglesias continued his uncharacteristic woes, with two baserunners allowed in the 9th, but he was able to get three outs to earn the save and preserve the win.

The Rangers slugged plenty of offense, but ultimately weren’t able to overcome the Angels late rally, plus a three-run moonshot from Shohei Ohtani.

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MarineLayer
Super Member
8 days ago

Mike Trout (back) will begin rotational work on Wednesday and could swing a bat a few days after
that.  (Trout is optimistic that he can return in relatively short order if all goes well this week. It’s encouraging news for the 30-year-old star outfielder. Still, a return in mid-August seems like a best-case scenario. )

Sounds like he’s actually aiming for ST 2023.

Cowboy26
Legend
8 days ago

Mariners are a bunch of Hippocrates. Im tired of their bullshit. https://twitter.com/JeffFletcherOCR/status/1553808629878308864

Jayman28
Trusted Member
7 days ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

I was just going to say.

Eric_in_Portland
Legend
8 days ago

solid lineup today!

Sierra, CF
Ohtani, DH
Rengifo, 2b
Walsh, 1b
Stassi, C
Marsh, LF
Thomas, RF
Goose, 3b
Squid, SS

Detmers, P

Cowboy26
Legend
8 days ago

Yep solidly unimpressive.

matthiasstephan
Super Member
8 days ago

Fletch needing a day off?

Cowboy26
Legend
8 days ago

Apparently. He wasn’t in the starting lineup last night.

Kind of odd considering they have their first off day of the second half tomorrow .

Last edited 8 days ago by Cowboy26
JackFrost
Super Member
8 days ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

Ward getting an off day will hopefully help him.

The one who really needs an off-day is Walsh. I can’t remember the last time he had one…

Cowboy26
Legend
8 days ago
Cowboy26
Legend
8 days ago
Reply to  Cowboy26
Twebur
Super Member
8 days ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

How do most pitches not hit him?

Eric_in_Portland
Legend
8 days ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

1 for 2 today so far, with another walk

WallyChuckChili
Super Member
8 days ago

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Angelz4ever
Trusted Member
8 days ago

Go Halos!!

Angelz4ever
Trusted Member
8 days ago

INCONCEIVABLE!!!!

John Henry Weitzel
Editor
Super Member
8 days ago

What the?

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tommyshalo
Trusted Member
8 days ago

Time for a Rengifo MEGA extension.
Was rather depressed to see his name on the upper side of our lineup earlier this season, but how I can expect him to come through nowadays!

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WallyChuckChili
Super Member
8 days ago
Reply to  tommyshalo

Yup, Arte was stupid for stopping that trade

MarineLayer
Super Member
8 days ago

Very much so. Would’ve preferred the players we were offered.

Cowboy26
Legend
8 days ago
Reply to  MarineLayer

And Joc Pederson still wouldn’t be an Angel after 2019 and Stripling would been traded/released. So considering that would have left us with dick, I prefer Rengifo.

Last edited 8 days ago by Cowboy26
YOUknowulovetheIE
Trusted Member
8 days ago
Reply to  tommyshalo

Perfect time to trade the guy.

MarineLayer
Super Member
8 days ago

Sure, but we’re not going to get much.

Mia
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Mia
8 days ago

Rengifo bout to play himself into a 2023 roster spot and then forget how to play.

DowningDude
Super Member
8 days ago
Reply to  Mia

😇👍

Marcotor
Trusted Member
8 days ago
Reply to  Mia

trAdition

FungoAle
Super Member
8 days ago
Reply to  Mia

So spot on.

matthiasstephan
Super Member
8 days ago
Reply to  Mia

Is he our long-term solution at SS? I am not sure.

Is he playing well enough to own that rover/bench spot moving forward? Probably.

Walsh, Fletcher, SS, Rendon with Rengifo the IF on the bench.
Marsh, Trout, Ward with Adell the OF on the bench.
Stassi, Catcher.

Ohtani, SP, SP, Sandoval, Suarez, Detmers, with Junk, Barria?, Diaz, Silseth, Bush, Bachman in the wings.

Seems like it leaves a few holes, with some money coming off the books (and the big Ohtani question lingering).

Senator_John_Blutarsky
Super Member

70-92 here we come! 🤣

MarineLayer
Super Member
8 days ago

That’s his level. He can play mediocre defense all around the infield.

h27kim
Trusted Member
8 days ago

Rengifo’s defense is still weak: him continuing as the SSvis cringe worthy. Probably 2b and backup 3b, and only occasional SS at best.

Jayman28
Trusted Member
8 days ago
Reply to  h27kim

He’s a second baseman at best, unfortunately you also have Fletch and we know the SS experiment did not go too hot.

Definitely need a SS this offseason

matthiasstephan
Super Member
8 days ago
Reply to  Jayman28

Was it really an experiment with Fletch getting hurt?

Jayman28
Trusted Member
8 days ago

Good question

Cowboy26
Legend
8 days ago
Reply to  Jayman28

I would think Fletch’s injury may have been more chronic than sudden.

Jayman28
Trusted Member
8 days ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

It’s possible

Cowboy26
Legend
8 days ago

Whether he is or isn’t. he will be a welcome addition to the lineup every night. Maybe the Angels should go back to using him as a super sub next year and then go out and get a legit shortstop. With our cast of ambulatory geriatrics, it seems like an aggressive rotating schedule of off days for the starters would be in order.

matthiasstephan
Super Member
8 days ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

Yes, I think we need another middle infielder – even if Fletch and Rengifo play most days (and Rendon is back).

Marcotor
Trusted Member
8 days ago

What we’ll probably get, is another middle finger.

Jayman28
Trusted Member
8 days ago
Reply to  Marcotor

If they don’t go after a SS in the off season, we will be getting that for sure.

matthiasstephan
Super Member
7 days ago
Reply to  Jayman28

The question is always ‘who?’ as few of the FA (or even trade targets) we bantied around worked.

Correa? Baez? Story? Kiner-Filefa?

Ggrf928
5 days ago

Tre Turner will be a Free Agent…he lives in OC…What if Arte actually spent some “smart money”?

Senator_John_Blutarsky
Super Member
Reply to  Mia

It’s so fun strategizing for next season to have the 4th best win-loss record in a 4 team division. 😂

JackFrost
Super Member
8 days ago

Imagine if the A’s pass us.

The embarrassment will be unspeakable.

Angels2020Champs
Super Member
8 days ago

That was fun full of 70s and 80s music

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Last edited 8 days ago by Angels2020Champs
Fansince1971
Legend
8 days ago

Crazy game!

matthiasstephan
Super Member
8 days ago

LTBU!!!

WallyChuckChili
Super Member
8 days ago

Angels Win!
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DowningDude
Super Member
8 days ago

Win!

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