GAME RECAP: The Angels came into tonight’s game against the Texas Rangers with a chance to be spoilers and knock the division rivals out of the playoffs. Going into the game, the Rangers were currently sitting behind the Cleveland Indians and the Tampa Bay Rays for a wild card spot. In an otherwise dismal season, spoiling the Rangers playoff hopes would be a nice, sugar-coated ending.
The Los Angeles Angels are 16 and 8 in September and are finally playing decent baseball while the Rangers came into the game having lost 13 of their last 19. Despite the trajectories of both teams in the last month of the season, tonight was an old-fashioned tug and pull division rival fight. The Angels went up early with a run in the first but then the Rangers torched Jerome Williams in the first with 3 runs. Williams would bare down though and scatter nine hits through five innings of work, allowing no runs after the first inning. The Angels would add to their run total in the second to go up 4-1.
Unfortunately, as has often been the case for much of the season, the Angels bullpen wasn’t able to hold the lead. Despite, the Los Angeles bullpen pitching much stronger in the second-half of 2013, tonight was a throwback to the gas-can days of yester-season. Buddy Boshers and Cory Rasmus were mostly useless allowing 2 runs in a combined inning of work after relieving Williams. And despite the Angels fighting back to tie the game going into the ninth, Michael Kohn couldn’t hold the lead allowing a pinch-hit home-run off the bate of Jurickson Profar.
Game over. It was the fourth walk-off win home-run this year in Arlington for the Rangers against the Los Angeles Angels. The win put the Rangers a single game out of the wild card spot.