The last time Kyle Gibson took the mound — last Wednesday in Houston — he tossed a complete game shutout against the reigning American League champion Astros. Today, against a team the Rangers are battling for the cellar in the American League West, Gibson, uh, did not throw a complete game shutout.
The outing was still notable for Gibson, however, as he allowed what is probably the 846th grand slam that Texas has given up this season. Overall Gibson went just four innings and allowed seven earned runs on five hits and four walks.
Meanwhile, the Rangers did have a better than usual day at the plate with their five runs, and even led 3-1 heading into the bottom of the fourth, before the Angels plastered seven runs on the Rangers in the fateful frame.
Texas still finished the year going 6-4 against the Angels to all but surely keep Mike Trout and gang out of the playoffs once more.
Player of the Game: Nick Solak had three of the Rangers’ seven hits and also scored twice while driving in a run.
Up Next: The Rangers travel to Arizona for the final road series of the season with Jordan Lyles getting the call in the opener against LHP Caleb Smith for the Diamondbacks. Tuesday’s first pitch from Chase Field is scheduled for 8:10 pm CT.