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Angels roar back with a six-run 7th in Heaney’s return

Texas Rangers v Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images

Rangers 6 Angels 7

Regardless of the outcome today, Andrew Heaney was the big story on the Angels side in his return from yet another arm injury. Despite the two solo dingers he surrendered, he did quite well for himself, striking out 8 across 5 innings and giving up two runs.

Between Hunter Pence and Choo’s homers and Taylor Cole’s disastrous three-run 6th, it appeared the Angels wouldn’t score enough runs to win the game in the first place.

Mike Trout scored the only run (HR) the Angels sniffed until the 7th, where the team pieced together six runs with the help of Rangers pitching, including two wild pitches and several extra-base hits.

While Taylor Cole definitely did not have a good night (1 IP, 3 H, 2 ER), Texas relievers Hunter Springs and Kyle Dowdy faced eight hitters and recorded two outs. That’s not what you want, as the Angels brought the entire order to the plate in the inning.

Brad Ausmus made the curious decision to bring in Felix Peña to start the 8th, especially because the opener is scheduled to start tomorrow (not anymore, I should add). The decision’s peculiarity was compounded by the fact that while Peña made the 8th interesting, he struck out three and only threw 21 pitches (13 for strikes) before being pulled for Justin Anderson in the 9th. Is one inning of Peña enough to offset moving Trevor Cahill up one start? Hmm.

Justin Anderson had enough to get the save, but it wasn’t by much. He gave up a strikeout-wild pitch (which was on Jonathon Lucroy, who has five passed balls this season), an RBI double to Shin-Soo Choo and a walk to Joey Gallo, and got the game-ending ground ball with runners on first and third and two outs. Too close for comfort, but it’s enough.

On to the next. #ToM


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