Rangers two-hit the Angels! 74 comments


Rangers catcher Isiah Kiner-Falefa breaks up the no-hitter with a sharp single to right in the eighth inning.

 

The good news: Four Rangers pitchers combined to two-hit the powerful Los Angeles Angels.

Adrian Sampson, making his second-ever major league start after being picked up from the bargain bin, threw five innings of one-run baseball. The final three relievers shut out the Angels the rest of the way, including Martin Perez.

The bad news: Eight Angels pitchers combined to two-hit the scrappy Texas Rangers. It was a no-hitter through seven. But with one out in the eighth, Isiah Kiner-Falefa lined a single to right. One out later, Odor did the same thing. He stole second, putting the go-ahead runs in scoring position. But Profar grounded out.

Threat over. No-hitter over.

One inning later the game was over when the Rangers went out quietly one, two, three. The Rangers were shut out, losing 1-0.

They had their chances early, though. In each of the first three innings they drew a walk. But the runner was left stranded. Never even moving to second.

But in the fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh, it was three-up, three down.

The only good thing about this game was the encouraging start by Adrian Sampson. As with Jeffrey Springs’s start two games before, the Rangers are looking for any and all able bodied options for the rotation next year. You can’t get put too much stock into one September game. But at least it was encouraging.

Oh, there was one other good thing about last night’s game. It was over in two hours and forty-five minutes.

Just like with shots at the doctor’s office, it’s better to get the pain over quickly.

*****
TODAY’S GAME:

Yovani Gallardo (8-4, 6.22) vs. Felix Pena (2-4, 4.04)
Game time: 9:07

The Rangers have never hit against Pena.
How the Angels hit against Gallardo.

  • JacobMcCandles

    This season can’t end fast enough….didn’t watch much of the game…as Kev mentioned some of the recent pitching has been somewhat tantalizing….

    • dearmidol

      It was a late game. I watched, but it was mostly boring. No offense. Often in a 1-0 game you get brilliant pitching. This wasn’t the case. Just bad hitting.

      • calntom

        A pitcher an inning must have freaked them out a tad. Lol

  • JacobMcCandles

    DeGrom..last 17 starts hasn’t given up more than 3 runs…..WOW

    More great Ranger eval news……Miles Mikolas (shout out to Leo) 15-4……pitchers we have given up on would make a nice rotation

    • calntom

      Miles Mikolas was another Ranger signing that was ridiculed by so many, aside from Leo. What could the incompetent front office and scouting team have possibly seen in Mikolas? Why is he even here? Another dead end and waste of time. Blah blah…
      Always remember, “we know best”.

      • dearmidol

        It’s easy to blame us fans for wanting to bring out the pitchforks and storm the castle so quickly, but Miles Mikolas wasn’t good when he was here. Is this a “our front office isn’t capable of evaluating talent” thing? Is it a “our pitching coaches couldn’t fix him” thing?

        A few things to consider:

        1. He was here in 2014 when everything was bad.

        2. He wasn’t drafted by this front office, so there is a natural bias against him.

        3. He wasn’t good.

        4. Leo said Mitch Moreland would hit 75 home runs and Leonys Martin would hit 50 and bat .375. A broken clock is right twice a day.

        5. The track record for this front office is abysmal. You can’t blame fans for seeing another under-performing scrap heap pitcher and writing him off.

        6. This front office is promising World Series-caliber teams on the field. Mikolas wasn’t that.

        7. I will be curious to see if Mikolas can do this next year. A lot of one-hit wonders.

        • calntom

          I like #4, lmao. Good one

        • JacobMcCandles

          Just giving Leo some credit……and yes Miles did not look good……but its still a whifff

          • dearmidol

            Yep, Leo called it. that’s for sure.

        • elkaba

          The only thing that matters to me is what a player does when he’s here. After he leaves, that’s another story and another fan’s problem or good fortune. So what does it really mean when a player leaves the Rangers and suddenly becomes an ML stud? We’ve said it before. Sometimes it’s a change of scenery and a fresh start, a reset, a do-over. Sometimes it’s a coach who sees something others have missed, understands them better or speaks their language. Sometimes it’s just how baseball go. Sometimes it even happens to players coming to the Rangers… just not enough. 🙂

          • JacobMcCandles

            Called BB talk

      • JacobMcCandles

        I don’t know about “we” but I sure do………LOL

    • dearmidol

      He is a victim of playing for a team that does not score for him.

      How does a guy have a 1.71 ERA yet is 8-9?

      • WhoKnowscs

        Degrom isn’t a Ranger, therefore, he is not allowed to play for a team that doesn’t score for him. =P

    • WhoKnowscs

      When Degrom wins the Cy Young this year . . . The Pundits “It’s not about wins. It’s about how you pitch.” (Note: I haven’t heard this yet but I can see it happening.)

      When Scherzer beat Darvish out in 2013 for Cy Young despite Darvish beating him in just about every category a pitcher can control(I.E. not wins.) Darvish gave up fewer runs, had a lower ERA, more K’s and so on. He also had the bad “luck” of being on the losing end of 4 1-0 games . . . The Pundits “Scherzer knows how to win!(He had 20 something wins, the Tigers averaged over 6 runs of support per game compared to Darvish’s around 4.)

      • JacobMcCandles

        Darvish could never hold Max jockstrap

        • WhoKnowscs

          Not now, but in 2013 his stats showed he was the better pitcher.

          • JacobMcCandles

            It was close…but I would have voted for Max

          • JacobMcCandles

            And keep in mind you can’t select the stats you want….Max was a brilliant 21-3 walked far less batters, gave up half the HRs Yu did and had a superior whip…like I said it was close but by no means a no brainer

          • WhoKnowscs

            Wins are not indicative of how good a pitcher is, In the AL the pitcher has no control over when his team scores.. That’s my point with Degrom.

          • JacobMcCandles

            Perplex…..wins don’t necessarily equate success but cannot be overlooked, especially with Darvish who could not go past 6 innings most of the time….and “AL???” Degrom pitches for the Mets in the NL

          • WhoKnowscs

            Also the point of my post wasn’t Darvish to Scherzer, it was DeGrom is a serious Cy Young Candidate now, but can’t get wins because his team is ____ and can’t score.

            But back in 2013 all I heard the pundits talk about with Scherzer was wins because he wasn’t losing games(Even when he sucked and deserved to lose his team bailed him out until half way through the season.)

      • dearmidol

        Those things are never fair. Always something to debate, which I guess is the point so there’s something to talk about when there’s no actual baseball. But deGrom is having a monster season.

        American League Cy Young will be interesting. It’s a lot more close.

        • JacobMcCandles

          Snell for Tampa

  • JacobMcCandles

    Alex Bregman became the 19th player all time to hit 30 HRs, 50+Doubles,100 RBIs…..MVP candidate

    • dearmidol

      He has really come on strong.

      • JacobMcCandles

        Astros setting all time two yr road record, victory wise

  • JacobMcCandles

    Ants in the pants….going to Houston…see Houston and the beach…..usually stay at the Magnolia….pool on top floor

    • dearmidol

      Nice. Have fun.

  • TD30
  • dearmidol

    That’s not good.

  • elkaba

    Pretty sloppy slide there by Chirinos.

    • dearmidol

      It wasn’t close at the plate.

      • elkaba

        Not with a clunky feet first slide. A hand swipe on the outside might have slipped in, but oh well.

  • dearmidol

    Piling it on Gallardo now.

  • Rowdy Yates

    Hmmmm …. just checked the box on MLB. Glad we’re in Nashville and I’m missing this on TV.

    • elkaba

      It’s brutal.

      • Rowdy Yates

        It’s been a brutal season. Never any positive traction that lasts more than a game or two. Then back to same ole same ole again.

        • elkaba

          What scares me is we’re so desperate this season for any kind of saving grace we might just think more of some of these kids than we probably should. Yep, there are some talented young players on this team, but are they ever going to be good enough to compete with these better teams? Even if we get some better pitching?

          • dearmidol

            That is something I am worried about too.

          • elkaba

            They’re not exactly stand outs like I remember coming up back in the day, not reminiscent of Hamilton, Kinsler, Young or the Beltre of old…

    • dearmidol

      You aren’t missing anything.

  • elkaba

    LOL, cute commercial with Odor.

  • dearmidol

    Rangers game next Wednesday. $1 tickets. $1 parking. $1 hot dogs.

    Hello, desperation,

  • dearmidol

    Where does Dave Raymond get his facts? He just said the Yankee and Athletics went into today’s games tied for the wild card, and that since the Yankees lost and the Athletics won, Oakland takes over first in the wild card.

    The reality is, Oakland came into today’s game down two games. After their win and New York’s loss, they are down one game. A far cry from what Raymond announced.

  • dearmidol

    Okay, now Raymond is realizing he was wrong.

  • dearmidol

    Matt Moore is in the game. Nothing says “we lost” quite like that.

    • WhoKnowscs

      Including a loss tonight(I’m calling it), the Rangers will be 4 wins – 12 losses since the miracle comeback vs the Giants.

      • dearmidol

        How dare you call this a lost already.

        • dearmidol

          This team still has the chance to catch the Angels for fourth place. This is NOT a lost season.

          • WhoKnowscs

            Where did Kevin go and how did Banny get access to his account?

          • dearmidol

            Jeff Banister is a genius and will win Manager of the Year this season.

          • WhoKnowscs

            Okay, wait It’s not Banny . . . it’s LEO!

          • dearmidol

            Ha.

          • elkaba

            LOLA

        • WhoKnowscs

          Rangers have not scored a run in 17.1 innings but sure the game ain’t over. Still know you are joking though.

          • dearmidol

            Ha, yes.

        • GoRangers23

          😁

    • GoRangers23

      Ha!

  • dearmidol

    It doesn’t take long for a team to find Matt Moore.

    • WhoKnowscs

      That’s because we don’t hide him where it matters. The other team’s Bullpen.

      • dearmidol

        He is one of the worst Rangers pitchers ever. And that is saying something.

  • WhoKnowscs

    Nothing screams trying too hard to make it look like you are trying like pulling a pitcher that hasn’t given up a run rather than let him get 1 more out to finish an inning when your team is losing 6-0

  • dearmidol

    Gallo.

  • dearmidol

    Now Tom Grieve is talking jibberish,

    • elkaba

      Listening to them trying to come up with something to talk about is almost as painful as the game. I bet Steve Busby is thanking his lucky stars he’s not having to do these games.

      • dearmidol

        I liked Busby.

        • GoRangers23

          Me too! I wish he had stayed instead of Tom. I think Tom is a really nice guy, but his constant talking drives me batty. And it’s almost never about the game.

  • dearmidol

    What happened to CJ? It seems like Grieve has been behind the mic for a few weeks.

  • dearmidol

    8-1.

  • dearmidol

    Just seven runs and we have this.

  • dearmidol

    Shoot. We couldn’t score seven runs in the ninth.

    • WhoKnowscs

      Reality Bites.

    • GoRangers23

      We stinketh.