Jaime Barria went up against The Unknown Pitcher today.
Let’s get into it, shall we? Neither side scored in the first inning. Jaime Barria loaded the bases but got out of the jam. Both sides also failed to score in the second inning. Jaime Barria walked a batter but otherwise was much more stingy than he was in the first. Chad Wallach doubled to lead off the third inning. It could have been a triple if Wallach had the speed tool. Zach Neto advanced Wallach to third base with a fly ball out to right. Taylor Ward hit a deep fly out to center that scored Wallach. 1-0 Angels.
Shohei Ohtani walked. Brandon Drury then grounded into a force out to end the Angels third inning.
Corey Seager doubled to lead off the Rangers half of the third inning. Nathaniel Lowe homered to make it 2-1 Rangers. The next two Rangers were out but Jonah Heim got a two out double to rene3w the Rangers scoring threat. Robbie Grossman fouled out on a pop up fielded by Anthony Rendon.
Anthony Rendon and Hunter Renfroe both flied out in the top of the fourth inning. Luis Rengifo grounded out to short. Ezekiel Duran flied out to center on an excellent play by Mickey Moniak.
Leody Taveras grounded out to short as did Marcus Semien.
Mickey Moniak struck out to lead off the fifth inning, at which point Owen White replaced Cody Bradford on the mound. White struck out Chad Wallach. Zach Neto flied out to right. Corey Seager came up and homered to make it 3-1 Rangers. Nathaniel Lowe then singled. Adolis Garcia hit a pop up in front of the plate that popped out of Chad Wallach’s glove. Anthony Rendon picked up the ball and got the force out at second base. Jimmy Herget came in to replace Barria who was up to about 93 pitches at the time. He hit Josh Jung with a pitch. Jonah Heim hit a fly ball out to left. Robbie Grossman struck out.
In the sixth, Owen White struck out Taylor Ward. Shohei Ohtani singled through the right side. Brandon Drury singled through the left side. Shohei made it to second. Anthony Rendon hit an apparent double play ball, but Corey Seager dropped the ball when trying to throw to first. Shohei Ohtani saw this and took the opportunity to score from third.
Hunter Renfroe hit a two run homer to make it 4-3 Angels. Cool!
Luis Rengifo grounded out to end the Angels half of the sixth inning.
Ezequiel Duran flied out and Leodys Taveras singled on a liner to center. Marcus Semien flied out to right. At this point Aaron Loup came in to replace Jimmy Herget. Thankfully, Corey Seager flied out to Mickey Moniak to end the inning.
Mickey Moniak singled to right to lead off the Angels seventh inning. Chad Wallach walked. The Angels had men on first and second with no outs. Zach Neto was successful on a two strike bunt toward first to advance the runners to second and third. Yikes! High Anxiety! Brock Burke came in to replace Owen White on the mound. He struck out Taylor Ward. Burke then intentionally walked Shohei Ohtani and struck out Brandon Drury to end the Angels half of the Seventh. Um, OK this is a RISP poster inning. (No blame to Neto.)
Jose Soriano came in and struck out Nathaniel Lowe and Adolis Garcia. Josh Jung grounded out to end the inning.
Anthony Rendon grounded out to lead off the eighth inning. Hunter Renfroe hit a fly out to right and then Luis Rengifo flied out to center to end the Angels half of the eighth. Jacob Webb came in to replace Jose Soriano on the mound. Jonah Heim singled toward center. Travis Jankowski popped out. Ezequiel Duran struck out. Leody Taveras flied out to end the inning.
Zach Neto hit a two run homer (according to Terry Smith) to put the Angels at 6-3 Angels. Mickey Moniak grounded out and Chad Wallach had walked to put a man on for Neto. Taylor Ward struck out and Shohei Ohtani walked. After Ohtani stole second, Brandon Drury singled to score Ohtani. 7-3 Angels.
Anthony Rendon grounded into a force out to end the Angels half of the ninth inning.
The Rangers in the bottom of the ninth inning did as follows: Marcus Semien walked. Corey Seager flied out. Nathieniel Lowe reached on a fielder’s choice. Carlos Estevez came in and got Adolis Garcia to fly out. Josh Jung struck out to end the game. The Angels won 7-3.
Cover Photo credit: Rex Fregosi