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Rookies back Shoemaker’s return in Angels victory

Taylor Ward and David Fletcher drove in all 3 runs

MLB: Los Angeles Angels at Texas Rangers Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Angels 3 Rangers 1

Matt Shoemaker’s long awaited return did not disappoint. Aside from a 20 pitch 1st inning, Shoemaker threw no more than 13 pitches in every other inning. He allowed only 2 hits, walked one, and struck out 3. Shoey indeed was looking good. His wife agrees:

Shoemaker Pitch Counts:
1st: 20
2nd: 10
3rd: 11
4th: 8
5th: 13

The rookies saved the night here with David Fletcher, Jose Miguel Fernandez, and Taylor Ward logging 4 of the Angels 7 hits. Among those important ones was Fernandez leading off the 7th with a single, followed two batters later by Taylor Ward who notched his 3rd home run of the year. The Angels sent their entire 9 man lineup to plate that inning and David Fletcher also logged an RBI single to put the Angels up 3-0.

Take a look at Ward’s beautiful swing

That 7th inning turned out to be pretty long with the Rangers sending 7 hitters of their own to the plate, and scoring one. 16 batters and 5 pitchers later, and the 7th inning was finally complete.

Mark this one down for the good guys!