A Drama-Filled Game That Ended in Rangers’ Win

Updated: September 20, 2016

The Texas Rangers knows how to win the game when the game is close, and for the second consecutive night, they give Arlington a reason to celebrate for, including clinching their second consecutive Western Division Crown

. The drama included 20 hits and neither pitcher going to the required five innings to get a decision, though Angels pitcher Daniel Paul Wright was the losing pitcher; Wright went 4.2 innings, striking out just 1 batter while giving 5 runs on 9 hits. The winning pitcher for the Rangers is Nicholas Andres Martinez, who only went 3.1 innings with 1 hit and 1 strikeout.

The Rangers score first blood in the home half of the first inning, when Carlos Argelis Gómez Peña singles to left field; Ian M. Desmond singles on a line drive to right field to give Gómez enough time to go from first to third; veteran Carlos Iván Beltrán grounded into double play, but Gómez scores.

The following half inning, the Angels’ offense came alive:
Rafael Ángel Ortega García pops out; Clifton Randolph Pennington reaches bases on balls; Carlos Eduardo Pérez Alvarez singles to have runners on first and second; after Nicholas Gregory “Chili” Buss lines out, Yunel Escobar Almenares steps up to the plate and on a 2-2 count, Escobar singles to center field. Tied ball game. Then, Michael Nelson Trout steps up only to get a hit… a hit by pitch, that is. OUCH!

BUT the bases are full of Halos, and that’s when José Alberto Pujols Alcántara’s turn, and… ball 4! Take your base, Albert; everyone moved up 90 feet, and it was then 2-1 Angels, but the offense was not over just yet. The third run came when Christopher John Cron did what Pujols did: reach a base on balls. Arthur Joseph Griffin was the starting pitcher, and he missed 8 straight pitches and 11 of the last 12; Martinez came in to relieve Griffin and stopped the bleeding, and he did, via the groundout from Andrelton A. Simmons.

The other inning that the Angels came was when they score 1 in the top of the sixth inning. Trout singles on a sharp grounder to right field, which gives Pennington to score the Angels’ fourth and final run. Pennington reached on an error by shortstop Elvis Augusto Andrus Torres earlier that inning.

Meanwhile, the Rangers scored 1 in the home half of the third, when Gómez doubles on a sharp line drive to left field, Desmond advance him to third via the groundout, and Beltran singles on a line drive for Gómez to score.

In the next inning, the Rangers scored two to take a 4-3 lead, thanks to Jonathan Charles Lucroy’s 22nd double and Nomar Shamir Mazara Jiminian’s 20th homer. Of course, there was more offense, but they didn’t score, so the score after four was Rangers 4 and the Angels 3.
In the following inning after that, the Rangers scored one more via a 2 hit by pitches, which ends Daniel Paul Wright’s night and Cody Paul Ege’s night to begin and to make sure that the bleeding stops. By the way, the two that were hit were — in order — Adrián Beltré Pérez and Lucroy. Mitchell Austin Moreland delivers his team via a single for Beltré to score some insurance run.

Wonderful Play: There was one play that made the crowd go “ooh”-ing and “ahh”-ing, when Martinez throws a pitch to Simmons on an 0-2 count. Simmons hits the ball, but Martinez looks away and his left arm moves up, where the ball made contact w/ the glove. He caught the line drive ball, while Trout had the misfortune of running to second, and that’s where Martinez throws to first for a double play.

Fireworks in Arlington: In the top of the seventh inning, Rangers pitcher Keone Cole Kela, an Angelino native, threw a 96-mph pitch behind the shoulders of Simmons that went into the backstop. No doubt that he was upset, but his teammates made sure that his head kept cool throughout the ordeal. Though the benches weren’t cleared, the environment became a bit more hectic, and the umpires issued warnings on both benches. An inning and a half later, Brett R. Oberholtzer hits Andrus in the rib area, where the home plate umpire unsurprisingly ejected him AND Mike Scioscia after the warning. Now, the Angels need to avoid another sweep by the hands of the division-leading Rangers and to at least spoil their fun while trying to avoid their first 90-loss season since 1999.

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