The Rangers have been annoyingly great this year, which means everyone needed their A game.
Sadly, Tyler Anderson forgot about the balk rule and did balk, which is not what you should do. Oh and also gave up 5 runs. That is not ideal. It was actually not nearly as bad as it could have been as well, since he gave up a ton of hits as well. 6 innings, 5 runs, 8 hits, 7 k, and 2 BB for Anderson today is sadly better than what we expected.
At the plate the Angels weren’t the best either. Sure they got baserunners, but stranded a lot of them, something you cannot do in Texas. Luckily, luck was on their side as the Rangers would shoot themselves in the foot as bad throws gifted the Angels 2 runs.
So despite the shaky performance, it was actually a close game going into the late innings, meaning this was a battle of the bullpens. SInce the Angels have the 7th best bullpen in the majors, this was going just as planned.
The Rangers scored first when Anderson allowed a 3 run jimmy jack in the 2nd.
Trout responded with an RBI single in the 3rd.
A run that was given right back.
Yet another run scored as Anderson was not having a good time.
Yet the bats came through as Ohtani hit a sac fly to get the 2nd run for the Angels.
Then, Texas unraveled by making stupid errors. First, a bad throw allowed a run to score.
And then, Dunning threw a wild pitch to allow yet another run to score in the 5th.
While the Texas defense was being stupid, Neto decided to show off in the 6th by making a ridiculous catch that was made harder than it should have been just to show off.
The energy got Ohtani excited enough to send a ball outa here in the 7th.
The bullpen did their job, pitching 3 scoreless innings and sending the the game to extras.
And for the second time in a week, the Angels get screwed over by the home plate up with a bad strike 3 call. Drury got thrown out for complaining about it.
In the bottom half, it was yet another bad call by the ump as replay showed the runner was out but the call stood.
It was fine, as Rengifo threw out the next runner at home.
Neto and Ward sent the game to the 11th.
Angels blanked in the top half. Besides the gift runs, the Angels only scored 3 in the 11 innings they played, 2 from Ohtani, one from Trout.
But, the bullpen WAS that good, pitching yet another shutout inning to give the bats another chance in the 12. And by bats I mean Ohtani as he hit his 20th home run of the year!
Loup was warming up so a 2 run lead was not enough. So Chad Wallach said “Fine, I will do it myself” and Chad-ed all over the place for 2 more runs.
With a 9-5 lead, it was now slightly safer for Loup to come in. ONLY SLIGHTLY.
Neto threw the ball away to allow a run, the first run by the bullpen today. Well, by Neto, but still.
Angels win! Loup didn’t blow it!
Now at 37-31, the Angels gain a game on Texas. Angels face Texas again tomorrow. Jaime Barria vs some guy, whoever it will be, it won’t be Jon Gray as he got injured with a finger blister.