If Mike Minor is truly so enthusiastic about remaining with the Rangers, he might just have to get used to this lack of run support thing. For much of the night, Minor was staring down a third instance in this month of the Rangers contributing a lone run in a road game with him on the mound.
In fact, the last time Texas scored more than five runs in a game started by Minor on the road was May 15 in Kansas City when they scored six runs, making it one of just two times all season (they scored 15 runs in a win in Seattle on April 27).
Minor was able to pick up wins in the other two August contests in Cleveland and Milwaukee but this time he couldn’t finish off the razor-thin win at Anaheim as the Angels finally got to him for four runs in the bottom of the seventh after he came into the inning having allowed just one hit on the night.
Of course, the very next half inning after Minor exited, Danny Santana popped his team-leading 23rd dinger of the season for what could have been a handy insurance run but instead became a footnote in a loss.
Texas, as it were, remains one of the worst hitting teams on the road this season (25th in baseball with a .708 team OPS) to perhaps highlight the fact that it might not be the pitching that is the real issue with hope for contention in upcoming seasons around here.
Player of the Game: Adrian Beltre was at the park to watch this one. Adrian Beltre is the Player of any game he attends.
Up Next: RHP Ariel Jurado will try to turn things around from a recent rough patch in his final start of August against LHP Patrick Sandoval for the Angels. Wednesday night’s first pitch from Angels Stadium is scheduled for 9:07 pm CT.