Angels Battle, Lose Another Close Game 8-5.

Updated: September 11, 2016

Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports

On a night where the Angels seemed to finally have an offensive breakthrough, the Rangers had an answer for everything the Halos did. They made Rangers pitcher Cole Hamels work, as he labored through his six innings, giving up two runs on four hits, four walks, and six strikeouts, but he was able to get that all important out whenever he needed to.

Following Tyler Skaggs‘ gem in a losing effort, newcomer Daniel Wright had an uneven start for the Halos, giving up four runs, all earned, on six hits in five innings. Wright looked good at times, flashing a sharp curveball, but was done in by two bad pitches to Carlos Gomez, who got him for two home runs, the first on the very first pitch of the game.

Through six innings, the Angels were kept mostly quiet, only scoring on a sacrifice fly by Mike Trout and an RBI Groundout by Jett Bandy. Then, in the seventh inning, they finally broke through. Kole Calhoun crushed a two-run shot, his seventeenth of the season, Trout got on base and eventually scored on C.J. Cron’s double, and the Angels had a lead, at last.

The Rangers, however, quickly responded with three runs of their own in the eighth inning. Jonathan Lucroy touched up Jose Valdez for a two run homer to take the lead, and the Rangers would add one more on a wild pitch. The Rangers ended up adding one more in the ninth on a perfectly placed bloop single by ageless wonder Adrian Beltre, and that would be all the scoring in this one. The final score: Rangers 8, Angels 5.

Game Notes: Jhoulys Chacin was again sharp in relief, striking out three and only allowing one baserunner, who would come around to score on Lucroy’s home run off Valdez, in his two innings of work. The converted starter has put up a 3.45 ERA as a reliever compared to his 6.21 ERA put up as a starter…  Trout continued his torrid pace, going two-for-four with an RBI and a stolen base. He continues to finish the season strong… The umps had a tough night, clearly missing a non-HBP on Elvis Andrus in the fourth, who would eventually score on Gomez’s second home run, even after going to New York with the review, and then tossing Scioscia after a bad strike call against Trout in the ninth… With the loss tonight, the Angels were officially eliminated from AL West contention.

Looking AheadThe Angels will send Jered Weaver (10-11, 5.37 ERA) to the mound tomorrow, hoping to avoid the sweep, against Texas starter Colby Lewis (6-1, 3.21 ERA,) making his first start since June 21st after suffering a grade 2 lat strain. Game time 12:35.

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