3 things we learned in the Angels heroic 6-5 comeback win over the Rangers

Updated: April 11, 2017

The Angels walk it off, after a shaky start by Tyler Skaggs the offense clutched up and Carlos Perez delivers the safety squeeze to win it in the 10th inning.

  1. The offense is relentless

The Angels have not had a team like this in a while. The hitters take deep at-bats against Cole Hamels, forcing him to surrender 4 walks. They did start off slow, but the Angels chipped away at the Ranger lead. Key players like Mike Trout and Albert Pujols clutching up in their expected roles. Yet, Jefry Marte hitting his first home run of the season to break the shut out, and Espinosa sparked the rally in the bottom of the ninth with a solo shot, his first at home. Then, the Angels show their ability to play small ball, by finishing the game off with a walk off sacrifice bunt by Carlos Perez.

2. The Bullpen can hold it down.

The Angels have lacked depth in the bullpen for as long as the offense has been lacking. Until now, the bullpen has shown they can come into the middle of the ball game and  can limit the opposing team. Bud Norris, came in and pitched three innings with no earned runs and a few hits. Yusmeiro Petit, had himself a scoreless inning to give the Angels a chance. Then the closer who isn’t named the closer yet, Cam Bedrosian pitched late in the tenth, ended up getting his first win of the season.

3. The starting rotation still has to develop

Tyler Skaggs battled on the mound, struggled to locate pitches against their division rivals. We saw Nolasco bounce back in his second outing of the season. Granted he is a veteran and realizes his mistakes. Skaggs has plenty of time to gain control of his mechanics not that much until he’s sent to the pen or sent down. Skaggs went five innings, giving up five runs, and striking out five. So far with an ugly era of 8.71, but he has the time to make a comeback of his own.

The cardiac Angels win it late in the bottom of the tenth thanks to a sacrifice bunt. Game two tomorrow at 7.


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