Tonight’s game was kind of the opposite of that with Texas scoring five runs in the second innings as they batted around. Afterward, it was the Angels who starting to chip away at the lead over the rest of the game until they were within a run and ready to force feed the Rangers a taste of their own medicine.
However, unlike last night’s game, when it appeared a reversal of fortune was in order, Texas plated a seventh inning insurance run and kicked the clinging devils from Anaheim off the precipice of a come-from-behind victory.
It turns out, winning either of these ways is equally as satisfying when it makes Mike Scioscia do that face he does. You know the one.
Player of the Game: Carlos Tocci had three hits and scored two runs! I don’t know whether to be impressed or embarrassed for Anaheim.
P.S. Holy moly, Jose Leclerc is good.
Up Next: The starting pitcher for the Rangers is currently listed as TBD but Evan Grant mentioned on Twitter that Texas might experiment with an “opener” reliever and then have Martin Perez throw two times through the order in the middle innings. The Angels will be going with a more traditional look with LHP Andrew Heaney set to make the start. First pitch from The Ballpark is scheduled for 7:05 pm CT.