Pitcher Matt Palmer started the season in Triple A Salt Lake. Save for a pin in the ankle of Kendry Morales, 1B Mark Trumbo was a depth chart afterthought. Tonight the two combined to keep more Texas Rangers merchandise on the Ballpark Team Store Shelf of Arlington, as a weak midweek crowd hurried on out of the stadium in time to catch some 8:00 PM (local time) Dallas Cowboy draft strategy public access programming.
The Arlington grounds crew covered the field before the game, holding off the Angels from scheduled batting practice when a cloudburst hit an hour prior to Tuesday night's game. The Rangers pitching staff bore the brunt of the Halo bats working out the kinks and rust. While the Los Angeles #2,3 and 4 batters of Anaheim went 3 for 19 with 1 BB, the bottom four of the Angels batting order went 11 for 16, 2 HR, 10 RBI and 11 Runs
Trumbo drove in Alberto Callaspo with a single, a double and added cashed himself in along with AC when he launched a monster bomb off of Rangers starter Colby Lewis, who couldn't find the strike zone with a GPS most of the night. Callaspo was 2 for 3 with two walks, scoring every time he reached base. Maicer Izturis and Peter Bourjos also homered in the laugher, Izturis came when scoring actually mattered.
Bourjos had what looked like an inside-the-parker called a hit and an error when one of the Texas many minor-league quality outfielders ganked a slow roller. He made up for it with a bomb later on. Hank Conger had a hit from the left side and the right side in his 7th start behind the dish - framing Palmer pitches is not the easiest thing and you just know Alice Mathis is not going to get to many more chances with the dish framing artistry of King Conger.
7th on the Angels depth chart behind the starting five and rookie callup Tyler Chatwood, Old Man Palmer turned in the best pitching performance by an Angels starter not named Jered Weaver and Dan Haren. The final score in the game was 15-4 and frankly it wasn't really even THAT close.
The Angels and Rangers play Wednesday tied in first place at 11-6 each. You can bet that the hosts will be rolling out the batting practice red carpet beforehand.
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