Angels 2, Rangers 0
- Alberts Pujols homered today, and no one on the Rangers did, and that's pretty much the story of today's game.
- Derek Holland, who had a couple of really bad outings a couple of starts ago that had folks clamoring for him to lose his rotation spot, put up a Quality Start today, going 6.2 IP with just the two runs that scored on Pujols' two run homer coming across. Just 4 K's, if you want something to complain about, but also just one walk. Holland had a solid outing, he just didn't get any runs scored.
- Shawn Tolleson appeared for the first time since losing his closer job, coming into the game in the seventh inning with one out and two on. He got credit for a third of an inning when a caught stealing ended the inning, then struck out two while allowing a hit in the eighth. It was an encouraging outing from Tolleson.
- Matt Bush pitched the ninth and only struck out one batter, so we are all disappointed.
- The bats were pretty silent today against Nick Tropeano. The Rangers had a few opportunities, with the most curious being in the seventh, when Elvis Andrus and Nomar Mazara had a pair of two out singles to bring up Jared Hoying. Ryan Rua came up to hit for Hoying, resulting in Scioscia going to the pen for a righthander, which led everyone to believe Joey Gallo would be coming off the bench to pinch hit...but no, Rua hit, and flew out, and that was the end of the inning.
- Making the decision to let Rua bat even more curious was that, in the ninth, with a runner on first and one out, Gallo did hit for Rua. Gallo flew out, bringing up Bobby Wilson, who fanned to end the inning. If you're going to hit Gallo for Rua, you'd presumably do it in the seventh. But if you let Rua hit in the seventh, wouldn't you also let him hit in the ninth, and use Gallo to hit for Wilson? It was confusing.
- The other big opportunity was in the eighth, when a Wilson single, an Ian Desmond single, and a Prince Fielder walk brought up Adrian Beltre and Mitch Moreland. Alas, Beltre hit a soft liner that Johnny Giatovella or however his name is spelled made a diving catch on, and Moreland smoked a ball that was caught (109 mph per the people on the Tweetbox), and that was that for that rally.
- Two hits for Desmond tonight. Elvis, Prince and Beltre were each 1 for 3 with a walk.
- Oh well. Go get 'em tomorrow,