Angels Choi helps the rally against the Rangers
Last night the Angels found themselves down early against the Rangers. Then an unlikely Angel sparked a masterful comeback as the Angels beat the Rangers 9-5
Angel fans, don’t call it a comeback, last night’s rally showed this team is gritty, resilient and coming together to turn their season around. What looked like another early game loss for the Angels turned into a epic night.
The Angels trailed 4-0 after three innings. Angels pitcher Nick Tropeano gave up three home runs to Rougned Odor, Adrian Beltre, and Mitch Moreland. Tropeano would be pulled with soreness in his right elbow following the second inning.
Jhoulys Chacin pitched four scoreless innings following Tropeano’s exit. Chacin kept the Rangers at bay while the Angels bats began to warm up late in the fourth inning.
Enter Ji-Man Choi in the fifth, Choi blasted his first career solo home run off A.J. Griffin. Mike Trout would knock a three-shot homer in the seventh giving the Angels a 9-5 victory. Angels manager Mike Scioscia spoke on Chacin taking over for Tropeano last night following the game.
The story of the game was Tropeano, the Angels are hopeful he won’t have to have Tommy John surgery. In Fact, Tropeano just returned from the DL on July 5th versus the Tampa Bay Rays. If he misses extended time, it’s likely Chacin will return to the starting rotation.
Now it would appear he’s headed back to the DL for an extended stay like Garrett Richards, C.J. Wilson, and Andrew Heaney if he needs surgery. If not, he could see the DL for a 15-day stint.
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Tonight, the Angels will start Tim Lincecum who desperately needs a good outing in this game. Lincecum has struggled since his first game as an Angel. After pitching masterfully against the A’s in late may, Lincecum has yet to find his rhythm as an Angel.
Lincecum will have to be mindful of the bats of Beltre, Odor, and Moreland who all hit homers last night against Tropeano. The Angels shouldn’t have to much trouble on the offensive side of the ball against the Rangers starting pitcher Kyle Lohse.
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Lohse is 0-1 with a 10.80 ERA, and the Angels have the capability to get hot as griffin found out last night.