Angels Begin "Must-Win" Games With a Win

ANAHEIM, CA - SEPTEMBER 18: Jered Weaver #36 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim pitches against the Texas Rangers in the first inning at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on September 18, 2012 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

Final Score in Anaheim: Rangers 3, Angels 11

With every game basically a must-win for the Angels, this one certainly started out encouragingly. They pushed an early run across thanks to a Torii Hunter single, and with Jered Weaver on the mound, you're feeling good about things. 1-0 Good Guys.

Then thanks to yet another set of soul-crushing bombs from devil-children Mike Napoli and Ian Kinsler in the 3rd inning, this game suddenly looks like yet another 2012 Angels heartbreak. 3-1 Bad Guys. Season over, right?

Wrong. In the bottom of the 4th the Angels scored for 40 minutes straight (five times longer than your average high school couple -- BAM) and cashed in 8 runs on a sequence that went something like this: single, walk, groundout, single, walk, hit by pitch, wild pitch, hokey pokey, shamma-lamma-ding-dong. 9-3 Good Guys. They tack on one in the fifth and another in the eighth. 11-3 Good Guys.

After giving up three runs on those two homers, Weaver refocused and threw seven good innings. LaTroy Hawkins and newbie Barry Enright finished the job, and the Halosphere still has oxygen for another day.

Pre1_medium

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Halos Heaven

You must be a member of Halos Heaven to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Halos Heaven. You should read them.

Join Halos Heaven

You must be a member of Halos Heaven to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Halos Heaven. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9351_tracker