Weird west coast baseball, man. One minute the Rangers were trailing in the ninth with just one hit all night. After some weird, dumb baseball happened, the very next moment it seemed Rougned Odor was scoring the go-ahead run in the tenth inning in a game the Angels were so confident they had won, the stadium folks had set off the fireworks.
Texas trailed 2-1 heading into the ninth with only a Shin-Soo Choo leadoff single to their name. Texas tied it on a bizarre sequence where Jurickson Profar doubled for Texas’ second hit of the night, went to third on a wild pitch, and just barely scored on an Adrian Beltre sac fly where pinch runner Carlos Tocci inexplicably tried to take second base and was easily thrown out a millisecond after Profar crossed the plate.
The umpires had to go to replay to get the call correct, signaled wrong, and they lit off the fireworks with the game tied.
About 20 minutes later, public enemy No. 1 Odor was sliding home for the winning run in the extra frame.
Weird west coast baseball, man.
Player of the Game: Cole Hamels was dynamite tonight in a game where it looked like for most of it the Rangers had asked him to be perfect on a night where Mike Trout was a double away from the cycle and Ian Kinsler was providing insurance.
Hamels allowed two runs, each one coming on solo shots from Trout and Kinsler. But on the plus side, Hamels surrendered just five hits and a walk while striking out eight Angels. Until the comeback, it looked like Hamels would be saddled with a tough loss but the Rangers came through for him in the end.
Up Next: The Rangers close out this series and their current 20 games in 20 days stretch with Doug Fister on the mound against LHP Tyler Skaggs of Anaheim. First pitch of the finale from the Big A is scheduled for 3:07 pm CT.