Red Ball Texas Losers Postgame

The Texas Rangers are in town for the first of three against the Angels, after which that other Texas team will arrive for three more. The Angels need to take a chance, send all these bozos packin’ and emerge as undisputed division leaders!

I swear I’m not a Texas fan. I just heard this song live in Flagstaff in about 1977/1978 while I was abusing one or more substances. I found the song hilarious. Man, those were the days! I still do find it hilarious. I since have found out at least the lyrics were written by Stuart Margolin which is very cool because I am a fan of his (RIP).

Now on to the first Rangers game. Nobody scored in the first inning. The Angels got some tough breaks in their half. That’s baseball.

Texas didn’t do much in the second inning except that Jonah Heim stole second base on Matt Thaiss. They didn’t score. The Angels also didn’t do anything of note. Here is Anthony Rendon showing why we don’t have Taylor Ward or Matt Thais playing third base.

Anderson walked a couple of guys to start off the third inning. He added another walk after getting Adolis Garcia out on a sac fly. It all led to a result of 1-0 Rangers.

In the third Zach Neto reached on an error by Dane Dunning. Mike Trout singled. Unfortunately, Shohei Ohtani made out on one pitch to end the inning.

In the fourth Texas scored runs and it was obviously time for the Angels to put it into second gear. Marcus Semien hit a ground rule double to score a run and Nathaniel Lowe reached on a throwing error to core the other run. 3-0 Texas.

Anthony Rendon singled and then Renfroe grounded into a double play to erase that. Taylor Ward struck out. 3-0 Texas.

In the fifth inning Texas didn’t do much. Neither did the Angels.

Jaime Barria came in for the sixth inning. Marcus Semien singled but Barria held the Rangers scoreless at 3-0 Rangers. The Angels once again did nothing in their half of the inning

Jaime Barria was lockdown in the top of the seventh inning. Good to see. Hunter Renfroe got a one out single in the bottom of the seventh. None of the other Angels batter were able to do anything.

In the top of the eighth, Leody Taveras reached on a single and made it to third on a fielder’s choice and a throwing error by Anthony Rendon. Oops! Robbie Grossman reached on a fielder’s choice with Taveras out at home plate. At this point there were two outs. Nathan Lowe singled to make it 4-0 Texas. That was the extent of the Texas scoring in the eighth inning.

Gio Urshela got a pinch hit single in the bottom of the eighth inning. Luis Rengifo grounded out and Zach Neto hit a fly out to left. Mike Effin’ Trout singled to destroy the shutout. Oh wait. That’s not his real name. Shohei Ohtani grounded out to end the inning.

Top of the ninth and Barria is still pitching … and pitching effectively I might add. The Rangers went three up three down. The Angels needed three runs to stay in the game. Anthony Rendon came up. He singled. Yee Haw said the non-Texas fan! Hunter Renfroe did not reach safely, unfortunately. Taylor Ward also failed to reach base without making an out. Brandon Drury singled to send Taylor Ward to second. (He had reached on a force out). Chad Wallach doubled. Taylor Ward and Brandon Drury both scored. Bloody Hell! This is an actual game! Luis Rengifo, he of the four RBI game yesterday, is now up as the potential winning run. What did he do? He singled to tie it up in the bottom of the ninth. I might take back some of the stuff I said about him. (I might). Zach Neto was unfortunately out on a fly ball to right. Oh crap, the ghost runner is incoming.

Now we get Carlos Estevez. We might even win this! He struck out Leody Taveras and Travis Jankowsky. Marcus Semien walked. Robbie Grossman grounded out. Ghost runner be damned!

For the Angels, Zach Neto started the tenth on second base. The Rangers intentionally walked Mike Trout to bring up Shohei Ohtani with two on and no outs. He grounded into a force out. Zach Neto is now on third with one out. Anthony Rendon was standing there with a bat in his hands when Josh Sborz threw a wild pitch to score Zach Neto. 5-4 Angels. Sbatz all folks!

She said “Tex I’m gonna cut you boy from appetite to thirst!”

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Simba
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9 months ago

Stuart “Angel” Margolin – loved him in the Rockford Files.

Last edited 9 months ago by Simba
BannedInLA
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9 months ago

Tejas has a solid lineup from a run production standpoint:

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Cowboy26
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9 months ago
Reply to  BannedInLA

Yet their team OPS is 50 points lower against LHP’s and their now below .500 on the road.

So Lets Gooooo!

BannedInLA
Super Member
9 months ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

Based on the stats, they seem
to be a homer or nothing type offense, but dangerous nonetheless.

halofansince1978
Super Member
9 months ago

Tonights Lineup:

Neto
Trout
Ohtani
Ward
Drury
Lanb
Urshela
Wallach
Rengifo

Halo Power Baby!!

Cowboy26
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9 months ago

2/3 Ren off day?

halofansince1978
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9 months ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

Couple pretty good pinch hitters ready to go on the bench.

BannedInLA
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9 months ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

‘Froe seemed to be grinding a bit. Good off day IMO.

gitchogritchoffmypettis
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Reply to  Twebur

I’ve heard Rendon’s awful and we can’t win with him which is why it’s his fault we lose when he’s hurt so… he’s gonna be out for the year and?… happy?

Not sure.

Donkey, what should I think here?

Cowboy26
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9 months ago

Feels more and more like Tony Fred Lynndon every day

Eric_in_Portland
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9 months ago

I also loved Tony’s getting out of the way so Neto could have room to score.

gitchogritchoffmypettis
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I wish he’d done it with more flare. Like perhaps a sweeping bow, presenting the plate to Neto. Yet another reason we need to hate Rendon.

BannedInLA
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9 months ago

He should have broke into a Matador routine and coaxed Neto to home plate with his red sash.

BannedInLA
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9 months ago

Smart play Anthony .400 OBP Rendon.

Twebur
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9 months ago

The Angels bullpen minus Loup has gone 20.1 innings without allowing an earned run in this five-game winning streak. To go back even further, the Angels bullpen not including Loup has not allowed an earned run since Oakland came to town when Jose Quijada allowed one earned run and the team still won.

JackFrost
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9 months ago
Reply to  Twebur

Maybe get rid of Loup ???

Lol.

Cowboy26
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9 months ago
Reply to  JackFrost

I thought The Party Blummer did a good story in the Athletic today on the Loupster and why hes been so Pooped.

He may be fixable or he may not but I dont think his problems are completely do to him just being a puss thrower now.

https://theathletic.com/4493551/2023/05/05/angels-aaron-loup-pitch-sequencing/

gitchogritchoffmypettis
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Reply to  Cowboy26

I am not Athletically inclined. What are Loup’s problems? Other than being “hurt”?

John Henry Weitzel
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9 months ago

He sucks

BannedInLA
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9 months ago

You beat me to the low hanging fruit…

Cowboy26
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9 months ago

Basically, despite him giving up like the softest contact of his career ( 7th in the league in slowest exit velocity) his BABIP is around .410 which has led to a much ERA than what should be expected. SO’s are about the same as last year ( but 15% below what they were before he came here) but walks per 9 are up considerably.

He attributes these issues to the fact that he is throwing alot more off speed pitches than he has in the past ( curve ball usage from 2.8% last year to 13.2% this year & Change up 12.5% to 23.6% this year) . Part of this is due to his own decisions but also partly to an organizational philosophy to throw more off speed pitches and get more swings and misses to offset the shift banning that is now in place.

I’m sure there are other issues but it sounds like he thinks he needs to throw more fast balls.(hence why he said he was pitching like a scared little bitch) I just wonder at his age (35) if thats such a good idea.

Not sure if some of these comments will give the Platypus a rager and finally get the Loup fa’d once and for all.

gitchogritchoffmypettis
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Reply to  Cowboy26

Weeeellll…. it kind of depends on what he/they mean by “fastball”. I mean, he kinda doesn’t have one. He throws a sinker and a cutter. As far as I can tell he still throws the sinker twice as much as the change and almost four times as often as the curve.

His curve is also actually his most effective pitch thus far this year as far as I can tell. Followed by…. his change up. His cutter WAS his out pitch to lefties but they are contacting it better than they used to and he’s wilder than before Angels with all of his pitches.

By the way all, if you ever want to see rep breakdowns in many different ways with video etd this site’s (Pitcher List) free and stuff and here’s Loups page on it.

But yeah, look at the video of his pitches from year to year and watch him now, he’s off and it’s not because an AGM gave him a binder. His control’s become bitch like.

I’m starting to love that theme around here by the way. Partly because I was here when Sothasaurus Minx was around. And I remember what everyone said they wanted then. But I also just love the mental image of a GM walking up to some dominator like 2019 Mad Max, giving him a folder full of stats and notes, and Mad Max just falling apart and having an 8.00 ERA because of it. Then they take the folder away from him. 2.00 ERA.

halosfans4life
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9 months ago
Reply to  Twebur

And that was with Quijada’s torn UCL

tanana40
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9 months ago

So cool for Chad Wallach. Six in a row today!

Twebur
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9 months ago
Reply to  tanana40

Great picture of the “Big Wall” scoring the tying run.

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Cowboy26
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9 months ago
Reply to  Twebur

I think Nevin calls him the Big Wally

gitchogritchoffmypettis
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Reply to  Twebur

Gold.

Fansince1971
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9 months ago

Luck has a way of coming around. All the bad luck at the start of the season has turned to pretty good luck over the last 5 games! Keep if going.

tanana40
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9 months ago
Reply to  Fansince1971

Teams lose games that they should win, win games that they should lose. Baseball.

FungoAle
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9 months ago
Reply to  Fansince1971

Luck? How about execution. And with 2-Tommy John diagnosis’s in the last 5-days, just feels unfortunate.

Cowboy26
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9 months ago
Reply to  FungoAle

Execution? Im still for it.

red floyd
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9 months ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

John McKay, is that you?

Cowboy26
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9 months ago
Reply to  Fansince1971

All the bad luck at the start of the season over the last 8 years has turned.

There. FIFY.

Brent
Super Member
9 months ago

Never a doubt.

halofansince1978
Super Member
9 months ago

This game and recent win streak will be what we refer back to as the turning point of the season when we win the World Serious!!.

gitchogritchoffmypettis
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Champiham sandwiches for everyone!

LanaBanana
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9 months ago

Is champiham the same as fried boloney?

WallyChuckChili
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9 months ago

I have no idea what the “World Serious” is, but I am intrigued.

JackFrost
Super Member
9 months ago

Only highlight is the Rendon catch ?

Where is the big double by Wallach ? Or Rengifo’s game tying single ?

DowningDude
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9 months ago
Reply to  JackFrost

@MASTHEAD: Looks like we have a volunteer for post-game writeups! 👆👆👆

ScoopleDoople
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9 months ago
Reply to  Charles Sutton

Thanks for the write-up Charles!  👍 

Eric_in_Portland
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9 months ago
Reply to  Charles Sutton

great stuff! Thanks!

ihearhowie3.0
Super Member
9 months ago

Legitimately impressed that nightmare 4th inning didn’t unravel them and they kept fighting. There was some real “here we go again” energy there or a while.

Go team go!

Last edited 9 months ago by ihearhowie3.0
WallyChuckChili
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9 months ago

We need an Obligatory complaint.

Ohtani 0-fer and 6 Lobsters,
DFA! If we are Serious about Winning!

gitchogritchoffmypettis
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This is why I sneer knowingly everytime I look up the quote where Nevin said he’s going with the best players regardless of any details I want him to ignore so that I can sneer at it.

WallyChuckChili
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9 months ago

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tommyshalo
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9 months ago

SpongeRanger and Patrick
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Fansince1971
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9 months ago

Shufflebot coming. Editors it is apparently ‘awaiting approval’

2GA2Join
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9 months ago
Reply to  Fansince1971

Cool, I thought maybe you were away tonight!

Fansince1971
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9 months ago
Reply to  2GA2Join

Yeah, I’m not sure why it did not accept it right away. But better late than never!

Last edited 9 months ago by Fansince1971
Fansince1971
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9 months ago
Reply to  Charles Sutton

Thank you. I’m out of the country so sorry for posting so early in the morning!

JackFrost
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9 months ago
Reply to  Fansince1971

What is there to approve, lol ?

DowningDude
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9 months ago
Reply to  JackFrost

Some links require approval. Twitter links come to mind. If I’m at my desktop, I snapshot the tweet then upload to imgur so it can post immediately instead of awaiting approval

Fansince1971
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9 months ago

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Walkoff shuffle!!

gitchogritchoffmypettis
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Reply to  Fansince1971

I just realized that I think I feel I HAVE TO rec shufflebot for good luck. Silly Gitch.

Fansince1971
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9 months ago

Hopefully there will be 4 dancing tomorrow

2GA2Join
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9 months ago

Shufflebot fully charged!

https://giphy.com/gifs/10uTjZCI1pGVZS

2GA2Join
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John Henry Weitzel
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9 months ago
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John Henry Weitzel
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9 months ago

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Still perfect in games attended

WallyChuckChili
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9 months ago

Just not write ups…

DowningDude
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9 months ago
Reply to  DowningDude

video credit: opiejeanne.

HaloLew
Trusted Member
9 months ago

This is the type of game where we normally are the ones blowing a 3-run ninth-inning lead. Feels good to be on the other side for once. It felt like the team was sleepwalking through the first 8 innings. The defense needs to tighten up, especially on routine plays and Anderson was not good – 6 walks and a hit batter over 5 innings. He really needs to figure it out if we want to make a run. Bullpen has been lights out. Let’s win the series tomorrow!