Anaheim- Howie Kendrick capped a 3-5, 2HR and 4-RBI night with a walk-off homerun off Texas Rangers pitcher Joe Ortiz to even the series at 1-1.
Although the Angels would come close in the bottom of the 10th inning, squandering a bases loaded one-out opportunity, they would not be denied the equalizer thanks in part to a walk-off homerun off the hot bat of Howie Kendrick.
Not to be forgotten, Jason Vargas scratched together another quality start for the Angels, going seven strong innings and giving up three runs, all off a booming 3-run homerun on a 3-2 count with two on by Nelson Cruz.
Scott Downs came in for relief in the 8th and quickly found himself in trouble thanks to a lead-off single to Adrian Beltre and some suddenly sloppy infield defense. With the bases load and not outs, Downs did he best to limit the damage quickly inducing a one run double play grounder followed shortly after by an inning ending strikeout by Mitch Moreland.
The Angels had a huge opportunity to put this game away in the bottom of the 10th with the bases loaded and one out, but Albert Pujols and Josh Hamilton both grounded out to end the threat.
After a terrible outing last night, the Angels bullpen would pitch four innings of one hit baseball, surrendering one unearned run and notching three strikeouts.
After a hot start, Angels superstar Mike Trout might be heading back down to earth. Trout was 0-3 on the night with two walks, and is now 2 for 13 in his last three games, lowering his average to .280. Speaking of heading back down to earth: Wow. Although we're likely to see more, this game saving catch by Trout in the top of 9th was amazing to watch, robbing Adrian Beltre of a go-ahead double. Even on a slow offensive night by Trout standards, he can pick up his team on the other end of the field.
This game might have been a blowout had the power duo of Josh Hamilton and Albert Pujols put together a forgetful combined line of 1-9, with 9 runners left on base between them. To his credit, Josh Hamilton was robbed of an easy ground-rule double thanks to an amazing catch by Texas outfielder Jeff Baker, who was injured on the play and left the game shortly after.
It's great to bounce back this way and even the series after a such a tough loss on Monday night. Your Los Angeles Angels are now 8-11, good enough for 3rd place in the competitive AL West division.
Breaking: Michael Roth will start the game for the Angels tomorrorow against Yu Darvish.