A tremendous 5 game winning streak, fueled by 2 late game comebacks, can to an end Friday night.
Reid Detmers was racking up strikeouts early but couldn’t finish off innings. Two out hits drove his pitch count up early, then bit him for runs later.
The Rangers scored 3 runs in the 4th and chased Detmers after he walked tte lead off man in the 5th. Overall, Detmers tallied 7 K’s including 4 looking. But he also threw 90 pitches and gave up 2 out hits in every full inning.
Ryan Tepera stranded that lead off runner on 2 K’s and a fly out. Tepera stayed in the game and pitched a clean 6th. He’s looked much better this week. So perhaps a bit of a silver lining there.
Down 3-0 in the bottom of the 6th, a late comeback just didn’t feel to be in the cards. Ohtani crushed a ball to deep center but it stayed in the yard. It was that kind of night.
Credit plenty to Nathan Eovaldi, who pitched 8 shutout innings on only 5 hits. And there weren’t many hard hit balls, either. Nathan was bending pitches, getting soft contact, and taking advantage of generous strike zone.
Tucker Davidson came in and absolutely blew chunks, putting a dagger in any hopes of the Angels faithful and desecrating the body.
Brett Phillips tried to at least put a smile on some faces and took the mound in the 9th. He walked into a bases loaded situation with two outs.
The final score was a whole lot to one. Best just to forget about this one as quickly as possible.