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Rangers sweep the Angels out of Texas

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The Angels haven’t been swept by the Rangers in Arlington since 2013

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim v Texas Rangers Photo by Richard Rodriguez/Getty Images

Angels 4 Rangers 5

Reminiscent of last April, the Angels have now dropped 3 games in a row since their snow-out in Chicago on Sunday. In 2018, the Angels were off to a super hot start, only to be iced out in Kansas City on April 15th. They dropped fast after that, and the rest is history. Perhaps a bit different this year since the Angeles are, well - NOT off to a hot start (though were 4-1 last week), but again they were snowed up in mid April and again they looked terrible afterward. It doesn’t get any easier with the Mariners and Yankees coming up so that makes dropping this series all the bitter pill to swallo.

The Angels were at least better than last night when the only managed 3 hits and couldn’t plate a runner. In fact, they led the game 2-0 going into the 4th inning and Matt Harvey was having a much better outing that his last two starts. But then the baffling stuff came.

First, maybe less baffling and just plain terrible fielding, Matt Harvey and Tommy La Stella combined for a pair of errors that led to Shin-Soo Choo scoring the Rangers first run in the 4th - a run that turned out to be critical in this game. Harvey started off the 5th by allowing 3 straight singles and the Rangers had tied up the game. Shortly thereafter, Angel-killer Choo came up with 1 out and runners on second and third. Choo, who has owned the Angels this year was a prime candidate for an intentional walk, but did Ausmus make the call? Nope. Instead Choo hit a triple, driving in both runners and it was at that moment Aumsus made another baffling decision - going to one of the Angels best bullpen arms, Ty Buttrey, in a game the Angels were now losing.

The game wasn’t over, and the Angels rallied against Jose Leclerc in the 9th, loading up the bases with zero outs before this happened:

It was definitely a garbage call and Bour was tossed from the game after arguing with home plate umpire Jeremie Rehak. We don’t know if Bour would have done anything with this at bat since it should have just been ball 2, but Rehak took away the option of finding out. It sure would be nice it MLB penalized umpires in some way for being egregiously terrible. Someone check and see if Rehak had post game dinner reservations he needed to catch.

This WAS a winnable game and the Angels outhit the Rangers 10 hits to 6 but were just 1 for 10 with runners in scoring position and left 10 runners on base. You can blame the home plate umpire on this one, but you can’t leave that many runners on base and expect to win ball games.

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