The Angels foray into forst place lasted less than 24 hours. The Texas Rangers blistered the boys from LA or Anaheim, 7-1. Ironically, the Rangers were led by Adrian Beltre, who as a free agent signed with Texas instead of our Halos. Anyhow, Beltre showed the Angels what they are missing by going 2-4, including a home run and 3 RBI. everybody in the Texas lineup had a hit, except 1st baseman Chris Davis, who did chip in 3 strikeouts.
Ervin Santana brought his Q stuff, as the Rangers beat him like a used rug. Santana only went 4 innings, giving up 10 hits and 6 earned runs, his ERA ballooning to 5.26. He even gave a double to his former battery mate, Mike Napoli. I was sad to see Napoli go, I liked him. no, he wasn’t perfect behind the plate, but he could swing the bat a bit. I do think Mickey Hatcher tinkered with his approach too much. When Napoli first came up he was very selective, when he left I felt he was swinging at a lot of bad pitches. I think he’ll thrive in Texas, whether behind the plate or at first. Right now he is hitting a solid .292.
Rich Thompson had another solid outing, throwing 2 scoreless innings while striking out 4. I would close my eyes when Thompson would come in to games the past couple years. This year, he is growing on me. Jason Bulger is not. Tonight, Bulger gave up Mitch Morelands home run, plus 2 walks. Not a bad performance over 2 innings, but I am always waiting for things to blow up when he is on the mound.
They didn’t score many runs, but the Angels did have some good individual performances. Maicer Izturis had another 2 hits, raising his average to .391. Howard Kendrick isn’t far behind at .318. Even Vernon Wells chipped in another 2 hits. He’s at .169, but is climbing rapidly.
I know I sound frustrated about the Angels lack of scoring tonight, but I haven’t forgot who was pitching for the Rangers. C.J. Wilson, who pitched like an ace last year, continues that ascension this year. I am not saying the Rangers will be saying Cliff Who, but they have a Lee clone on their roster right now.
I like the Rangers, mainly because the employ many former Angels. Gary Pettis, Thad Bosley, Darren O’Day, Mike Napoli, Darren Oliver & Nolan Ryan.
Matt Palmer takes the hill tomorrow for the Angels. I’d love to see him step up and clamp down on the Rangers, but I won’t hold my breathe.
About the Author
Written by Bill Mahoney
O'kay I'll talk about myself a little. I've been working in the television/radio industry for over 21 years. I started at 2 so I am just a tad over 21 (That is a joke). My career has taken me around and and even out of the United States. Right now I call Vegas home, but I just never know where life will take me next. Until 2002 my irrational love for the California/Anaheim/LAA had taken me down some very dark roads, but with Arte Moreno in charge I finally saw the a light at the end of the road. I really love most every sports and having as much fun as possible.