Halo Highlights- Angels Blow Two Leads; Lose Game in Extras

By Jason Evans

You learn more from bad losses than good wins. The Angels will learn a lot from the loss last night after blowing, not one but two leads as Texas stormed back to win 11-10. Ernesto Frieri is human after all I guess after blowing his first save. Let’s take a look at what happened.

August 1, 2012; Arlington, TX, USA; Los Angeles Angels center fielder Mike Trout (27) reacts to a strike call against the Texas Rangers in the first inning at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. Mandatory Credit: Jim Cowsert-US PRESSWIRE

The Angels got off to a six run lead but scoring six in the top of the third. On Ian Kinsler‘s error on Torii Hunter‘s ground ball, two runs scored. Albert Pujols hit his 21st home run of the year. Alberto Callaspo added a two run double to cap the scoring. The Rangers got one back when Mike Napoli drove in David Murphy with a single. The Angels came right back in the fourth when Hunter doubled to drive in Mike Trout. The Angels scored four in the fifth to make it 7-5, when Napoli, Mitch Moreland, Kinsler and Elvis Andrus all drove in runs. It became 7-6 in the eighth when Murphy drove in Adrian Beltre with a single. So with a 7-6 lead, Frieri came in. After an out, Kinsler tied it with a big home run, his 24th of the year. In the 10th, Chris Iannetta hit a home to lead off the inning of Joe Nathan. Albert Pujols then hit his second homer of the game and 22nd of the year to extend the lead. Then the. bottom of the 10th came. Nelson Cruz lead it off with a titanic home run. Michael Young reached on an error by Andrew Romine and then Murphy walked. Jason Isringhausen came in to try and shut the door. That didn’t happen. Mike Napoli singled to load the bases. Moreland singled in Young. After Kinsler popped up, Andrus won the game with a two run single.

Let’s see how the Angels respond tonight when a former Ranger will take on the newest one. C.J. Wilson and Ryan Dempster will oppose each other at 5:05PT/8:05ET. It will also be Mike Olt‘s major league debut for the Rangers, so it’s something for Angels fans to keep an eye on.