We're going to ignore the fact that the Rangers were basically down to a one person bench tonight after Shin-Soo Choo was scratched and Robinson Chirinos left to get an x-ray on his right forearm. Elvis Andrus toughed it out to keep Hanser Alberto on the bench even after he hurt his hand getting called out on a play at the plate.
Nevertheless, some folks from Round Rock might be boarding a plane to the West Coast as you read this.
Cole Hamels faced Garrett Richards in a battle of club aces and Hamels came out on top. That is becoming routine for Hamels as he's now won nine consecutive decisions dating back to last season. That consecutive win streak ties him with Jeff Zimmerman and Kenny Rogers and leaves him just three wins behind Bobby Witt for the most consecutive wins in franchise history.
For the night, Hamels went six innings and allowed one run on four hits and three walks. Hamels was able to erase three runners with double plays in the 2nd, 3rd, and 5th innings.
The bullpen was pretty much what we were expecting the bullpen to be coming into the season tonight. Keone Kela, Sam Dyson, and Shawn Tolleson each pitched a scoreless inning and Tolleson picked up his second save of the year.
Player of the Game: Obviously, Hamels was as advertised tonight but Adrian Beltre hit the go-ahead home run -- his first in 2016 -- to tie Darrell Evans for the 4th most career homers for at third baseman with his 414th career dinger. In addition to the history-making dong, Beltre hit two doubles to finish 3-4 with three extra base hits on the night.
Up Next: The Rangers and Angels close out this four-game series with a matinee from Anaheim. Martin Perez looks to pick up his first win of the year as the Halos counter with RHP Jered Weaver and his 80 MPH fastball. First pitch is scheduled for 2:35 pm CT.