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Disastrous 5th inning dooms Angels in Texas

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11 batters, 60 pitches, and 5 runs for the Rangers against the Angels in the 5th

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A nightmare fifth inning doomed the Angels on Wednesday, a seemingly never-ending parade of Rangers around the bases that sent the Halos to a 7-3 loss, their second loss in as many nights in Arlington, Texas.

The Angels led 2-1 entering the fifth inning, having already knocked out Texas starter Kyle Cody. Julio Teheran was having one of his best outings in a bad season, and induced a one-out pop fly down the left field line off the bat of Anderson Tejeda that had an expected batting average of .010 per Baseball Savant, a one-in-a-hundred chance of falling for a hit.

It dropped in front of Matt Thaiss, playing his first pro game in left field, for a double.

Then the wheels came off:

  • Eli White doubled home Tejada. 2-2
  • Leody Taveras walked
  • Isiah Kiner-Falefa singled
  • Nick Solak flew out for a sacrifice fly. 3-2 Rangers
  • Hoby Milner replaced Teheran, and allowed a single to Joey Gallo. 4-2
  • Jeff Mathis walked
  • Rougned Odor walked. 5-2
  • Ronald Guzman was hit by a pitch. 6-2
  • Cam Bedrosian entered and struck out Tejeda to mercifully end the carnage.

The fifth inning saw the Rangers send 11 batters to the plate, scoring five runs while Angels pitchers threw 60 pitches. Milner threw 30 pitches to just four batters, and didn’t retire any of them.

Speaking of 5th

Albert Pujols doubled in the sixth inning off Luis Garcia, the 668th of his career, tying Craig Biggio for fifth place on the all-time list.

Wednesday particulars

Home run: Matt Thaiss (1)

WP — John King (1-0): 2 IP, 1 hit, 1 unearned run, 1 strikeout

LP — Julio Teheran (0-3): 4⅔ IP, 6 hits, 5 runs, 1 walk, 4 strikeouts

Up next

The Angels finish off their series with Texas on Thursday afternoon (1:05 p.m. PT, Fox Sports West), with Dylan Bundy on the mound, facing Rangers right-hander Kyle Gibson.