Last night, the Angels faced the Rangers in Game 3 of the four-game series.
In the top of the second, Josh Hamilton hit what seemed to be a routine base hit, but Texas left fielder Jake Smolinski made a terrific diving catch that robbed Hamilton of a single. That wasn’t all for Smolinski though.
In the top of the third Albert Pujols hit one deep into the gap between left field and center field, and Smolinski was at it again making an incredible diving catch. Hank Conger ended up tagging up and scoring, but Smolinski certainly made the highlight reel on those catches.
Howie Kendrick had a great game, driving in the tying run off of a base hit, one of his three hits in the game. One batter later, David Freese hit a base hit into left field that drove in Josh Hamilton from second giving the Rangers a 3-2 lead.
Conger hit a ball deep into right field, driving in Kendrick and Freese, and giving the Rangers two extra runs.
Tonight, the Angels look to extend their current win streak to five as they take on the plummeting Texas Rangers in their final game before the All-Star break.
The Rangers really should not be feeling confident heading into this one. Texas is 0-14 in games Baker has appeared in this year. He has given up 32 runs in 49.1 innings, and has a 6.35 ERA when pitching at home. He is 1-5 in his 11 starts against the Halos.
Skaggs has gone 0-4 in his last five starts, but has posted a 3.14 ERA in his past two after coming back from a hamstring injury that had him out for a month. The 22-year old allowed a career high 11 hits in his last start on verse Toronto on Tuesday, but only gave up 3 runs.
2. However, Erick Aybar is 7-for-14 in the match up.
3. Adrian Beltre ended his 15-game hitting streak yesterday, during which he batted .411
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