The pitching matchup tonight was easily the toughest one of the series for the Angels, who trotted out rookie Parker Bridwell to oppose the Rangers’ Cole Hamels.
Bridwell did his part and retired the first thirteen Texas hitters, losing the streak when Joey Gallo doubled off him in the fifth inning. Bridwell was the quick, efficient P-Brid we’ve all come to know and love, and he certainly lived up to that billing tonight. He was taken out after a leadoff walk (to Joey Gallo, because who else exists, really?), being lifted for Keynan Middleton. Bridwell’s final line would look a cool 6 IP, 7 K, 3 H, 2 BB, 0 ER, a solid performance when the Angels needed it most.
On the other side, Cole Hamels was not overly easy on his competition either, the Halo killer finishing with a 7.1 inning performance, giving up 2 runs, 4 hits, 4 walks, and 5 strikeouts. The Angels got runners on base all night and were unable to cash them in, but it didn’t matter thanks to Justin Upton: I’m going to go out on a limb and say Angels fans are going to like him, in part because of things like this.
Upton wasn’t exactly finished, though.
Keynan Middleton proved his health in a solid inning’s outing, Cam Bedrosian bounced back from a tough game yesterday, and Yusmeiro Petit brought the fire with a solid 2-strikeout outing to notch the save, one day after pitching two innings in relief.
The Angels pick up a game on Minnesota with the win, and they did it for a good cause tonight, too. They are now just 1 game out of the second wild card. Team of Destiny? I think yes.
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