The first few innings didn’t look so hot for the Angels, but facing Mike Minor it was much to be expected. They only managed a single walk and a single hit through the 3rd inning. And while Minor was dealing, Patrick Sandoval had a 2nd inning “hiccup”, allowing a home run to Willie Calhoun and and another from a Delino DeShields double which scored rookie Nick Solak (who also doubled).
Despite rally killer Max Stassi, the Angels got on the board with a pair of runs in the 4th when they sent 6 batters to the plate against Minor. Unfortunately, the Rangers answered back with a pair of their own, and knocked out Patrick Sandoval in the process. His final line: 3.1 IP, 8 hits, 4 ER, 3 Ks. Yeah that’s not great.
The Angels rallied again in the 5th and 6th innings, eventually causing Minor’s perhaps early exit from the game. For his efforts, Minor logged 5.2 innings with 10 hits 7 runs (6 earned), and 7 Ks. Those are some solid numbers against Minor who has only given up that many earned runs ONE other time all season, and that was his first start way back on March 28th.
Lest fans hops get too high, BBB sent in Luis Garcia to relieve Taylor Cole after he put two men on base with two outs. What could go wrong here? Well, first, the wildest wild pitch that wild ever did see - which allowed both runners to advance. Hunter Pence then singled to left field, driving in both runners. Zero ERA for Garcia but that inherited runner score rate keeps climbing. Garcia has now allowed 9 out of his 20 inherited runners to score for a 45% rate.
So Garcia sucks, we’ve established that. Why not throw him out there for another inning? Yeah? Sounds like fun!! Garcia put the runners on and Hansel Robles came in to blow the save - tie game.
But let’s not leave it there. Let’s put in TREVOR CAHILL to try and get this game into the 10th inning. The same guy that doesn't really even belong on a big league roster (I’m looking at you too Garcia). One single, one wild pitch, and one passed ball later, put Elvis Andrus on 3rd base which set it up perfectly for hero Hunter Pence to walk it off with a single to left field.
The Angels can’t get out of Texas fast enough - oh wait. They have Houston next. Buckle up.