Angels Avoid the Texas Sweep; Weaver Joins an Exclusive Angel Club

Updated: September 21, 2016

The Anaheim Angels avoided the sweep against the Western Division-leading Texas Rangers by a final score of 5-4, featuring shaky performances by starting pitchers Jered David Weaver and Derek Lane Holland, whom surrender a combined 9 runs – 8 of those are earned – and 12 hits.

Holland is the losing pitcher, going five innings, allowing 6 hits, surrendering 2 Angels to reach base on balls, and giving up 5 runs, to which 4 are earned; he did strike out just 3, but drops his record to 7-9 on the season and 62-50 in his eight-year career. Meanwhile, Weaver was the victor in this game, going 6 innings, striking out 6 Rangers, while allowing 2 to reach bases on balls, surrendering 6 hits and allowing 4 earned runs; he improves to .500 with a record of 12-12, and becomes just the second Angel pitcher to reach the 150-win plateau.

Weaver and Charles Edward “Chuck” Finley are now standing alone at the 150 wins with the Angels; the next four are Lynn Nolan Ryan with 138, Michael Atwater Witt with 109, and a tied for fifth with 102 wins belongs to John Derran Lackey and Frank Daryl Tanana.

As for the offense, I mention that there are 9 combined runs in this game:

In the visitor’s side of the second inning, Andrelton A. Simmons started the offense with a single on a ground ball to right field. Then after Jefry Leonal Marté Paulino strikes out, Christopher John Cron singles on a line drive to center field; first and second with 1 out. Gregorio Jesus Petit made sure that the Angels would take the first blood via a hit, and he did with a single on a ground ball to right field. Simmons had time to score, but Cron got greedy and was thrown out at third by a great throw from right fielder Carlos Iván Beltrán to third baseman Jurickson Barthelomeus Profar. After a pop out to second baseman from Carlos Eduardo Pérez Alvarez, it was 1-0, good guys winning.

The following inning, the Angels continued their offensive ways: After Shane Robinson grounded from shortstop to first for the first out, Yunel Escobar Almenares singles to center field via a soft grounder. Michael Nelson Trout got a good eye and good patience in his at-bat, and was rewarded with a base on ball after a full count of 3-2; now two are on and one out. Sound familiar?

Good, because here comes…José Alberto Pujols Alcántara; aka, Albert Pujols. He singles on a ground ball to left field, where Escobar’s speed brought in another run; now up 2-0. Then, it was Simmons’ turn to continue the damage, but Trout was greedy and was caught stealing from second to third; Simmons strikes out soon after.

The Rangers’ offense came alive in the home half of the third. After Andrus’ groundout, Profar stepped up and hit a sharp liner to center field, which gives him enough time to run to third via his third triple of the season. Carlos Argelis Gómez Peña pops out to second baseman; two outs, but Nomar Shamir Mazara Jiminian singles on a soft grounder to third baseman, which gives Profar to score. Beltran strikes out; at the end of third, the Angels are up 2-1.

The last six runs from the two teams came in the fifth, with each scoring three.
In the top half, Pérez reached on an error made by the third baseman. Then, Robinson tried to bunt to advance Pérez to second, but failed to do so. With Escobar reaching first base on balls, it was up to Trout to deliver the damage, and he did. Profar’s costly error and Trout’s 28th home run of the season is the difference in this game.

In the bottom half of the fifth, however, the Rangers came back with three of their own, via a base on ball to Andrus and a stolen base to second [his 24th of the season], Mazara’s sharp grounder to right fielder, and Beltran’s 28th homer that gave Weaver frustration. Adrián Beltré Pérez tries to even the score, but he pops out to catcher in foul territory, which ended the fifth.

Even the relievers stepped up, dialed in, and called team shut down to make sure that the score still stands: Adam Joseph Achter and Juan Carlos Ramirez hold the Rangers down to just 1 hit; they earned their 2nd and 12th hold of the season respectively. Andrew Scott Bailey earned his fourth save in his fifth opportunity and his 93rd career save in 111 chances, even though he allowed 1 hit and hit Profar to make the situation a bit dicey. Gómez tries to deliver the winning runs and another come-from-behind victory, but their luck ran out on a forceout. The Angels also never scored, but they did not need to, improving to 66-86, while the Rangers will not get 100 wins this season.

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