The funny thing is the Angels probably could have won this game before needing another miracle ninth inning if they were at all disciplined at the plate for the first seven innings. It wasn't until the ninth inning that things started to go their way, though. Frankly, that's our 2016 script and I'd like it back.
Here's what I mean. Check out Cole Hamels' line: 7 IP 1 run 4 hits 5 Ks 4 BBs 1 HBP
How in the heck? I mean, I guess it could be argued that all 100 of those pitches still came out of the hand of Cole Hamels so that makes them a little more difficult to handle than if they were coming from a run of the mill Tyler Skaggs type, but man. I'm impressed.
Of course, Sam Dyson threw 17 strikes in 24 pitches and allowed three runs in the ninth to blow yet another save. So, what do I know, maybe just let the Angels get themselves out? Instead the Angels pre-2010 Angels'd the Rangers and Texas is now 2-5 which is probably what we had coming to us after last year.
Hey, only like 70 more at-bats against Mike Trout this year for the Rangers!
Player of the Game: Jonathan Lucroy welcomed himself to his contract year with the big blast of the evening for the Rangers as his three-run donger turned a 2-0 game into a 5-0 game in the top of the third. Lucroy finished the evening going 3-for-5 with three RBIs and his first home run of the year. Alas.
Honorable mention to Elvis Andrus who also collected two hits including his second dong of the year as he continues his transition to power hitting slugger now that he's out from under Ron Washington's thumb. Alas.
Up Next: Alas, the Rangers try to put this one behind them with a battle of former Oakland A's hurlers as A.J. Griffin starts for Texas while the Angels counter with RHP Jesse Chavez. First pitch from Anaheim is scheduled for 9:07 pm CT.