Sucks to have a negative headline on a night when the pitching did well for 8 of the 9 innings.
Griffin Canning threw 6 innings of 2 run ball. I think we’d all take that on a consistent basis.
Ben Joyce threw absolute gas for an inning with over half his pitches at or above 100 MPH.
Andrew Wantz pitched a scoreless inning.
The problem was that Texas pitchers combined to throw nine scoreless innings. They weren’t only scoreless, they rarely had any drama whatsoever. Angels hitters had 3 hits through the first 8 innings and only 4 total base runners to that point.
So when Charlie Sheen gave up a 2 out, 2 run shot in the top of the 9th to extend the Rangers lead to 4-0 the game went from over to really over. The Troutian length shot by Marcus Semien that followed to push the lead to 5-0 was rubbing salt in the wound.
With the Cardinals losing earlier in the day, the Angels needed this L to have a chance at the 5th best odds in the lottery. The bats did their part to keep us in that race. Esteves went above and beyond.
Off day tomorrow then the final series against Oakland over the weekend.