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Angels lose to Rangers 5-2 as offensive struggles continue

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Where did the Angels offense go?

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim v Texas Rangers Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images

Rangers 5 Angels 2

After losing 10-0 to the Rangers in the first game of the series last night, the Angels lost 5-2 tonight to fall to 44-47 on the season. Jesse Chavez started for the Angels and was not particularly effective, allowing three runs on seven hits in just five innings. Tyson Ross, the Rangers’ starter, was better, permitting one run in 5 23 innings.

Texas’ scoring against Chavez came on a first-inning RBI double by Nomar Mazara and an Adrian Beltre two-run shot in the third. After 94 pitches, Chavez was pulled in favor of Blake Parker, who surrendered a two-run home run to rookie Drew Robinson in the sixth.

Wasted opportunities were abound for the Angels in this one. In the first, Cameron Maybin drew a leadoff walk, but he was promptly picked off. In the fourth, the Angels put runners on first and second with two down for Ben Revere, but he grounded out. In the fifth, Nick Franklin was hit by a pitch with one out, which Maybin followed up with another walk, but Kole Calhoun and Albert Pujols both popped out to first base.

In the sixth, Andrelton Simmons hit a two-out double, and Revere walked, but Martin Maldonado grounded out to short. And in the seventh, Franklin led off with a single, but Maybin and Calhoun struck out, and Pujols flied out.

On the bright side, the Angels did actually score tonight. The first run came in the second inning when Yunel Escobar hit a solo home run. Here’s what it looked like, per Statcast:

The second run came on an RBI ground out in the ninth courtesy of Maybin. That was all the Angels offense could muster despite Maybin reaching base twice and Simmons collecting three hits. The Angels left nine runners on base and were 0-for-6 with runners in scoring position.

Aside from the home run Parker allowed, the bullpen was as reliable as it’s been. Cam Bedrosian tossed a shaky but scoreless seventh inning, and David Hernandez bounced back from a couple of poor outings with a scoreless frame of his own.

The All-Star break can’t come soon enough, as the Angels have lost eight of their last 11 games, averaging barely more than two runs per game during that stretch.

But the struggling Angels offense has one more roadblock standing in its way before the break: Yu Darvish, who is slated to start for the Rangers tomorrow afternoon. Darvish has a 1.38 ERA and a pair of 10-strikeout games in two starts against the Angels this year. JC Ramirez will toe the rubber for the Angels.