Patrick Sandoval tried to turn the script around from its last failed start.
He ended his run after 5 2/3 innings with six strikeouts, giving up four hits, two earned runs, two walks and one field hit. But that final line would certainly look different if it wasn’t for the sixth inning. Angels‘sloppy Lost 7-2 to the Texas Rangers. Friday at Angel Stadium.
“I felt very good, everything was good, the slider was a little off today, but on the rest of the fields I felt good,” Sandoval said. “I just felt more in control of this game than the last two.”
Sandoval threw in five scoreless innings, giving up only two hits, and kept his position in the innings game against the Rangers All-Star Game. Martin Perez – before the score was changed in favor of the Rangers.
In the sixth inning, with one out and no one, Rangers shortstop Markus Semien doubled to left field after changing Sandoval 1-0. I am Adell ran to pick it up but couldn’t grab it in time to hold off Semien in a second.
Semyon, seeing the problems Adell was having, rounded out second place and was waved home before Adell threw the ball to Luis Rengifo. Rengifo ripped the ball to a catcher Kurt Suzuki, but his throw bounced off the dirt just a foot away from Suzuki, who failed to catch it, allowing Semien to score.
Adell said he was disappointed, especially with how well Sandoval threw, and that the game changed the momentum of the game.
“That sucks,” Adell said. “I think he threw very, very well. There he had a little fight, but he threw very well. I must be better. I have to make plays. It is so simple. But we’ll get to work, I’ll get to work. I will return there. That’s why we play so many games. So tomorrow is a new day.
Sandoval said he was not influenced by the play.
“They just put the bat on a few pitches, put the ball in play and made us play,” he said.
Sandoval forced his next batter, Leodie Taveras, to submit and then passed John Heim. His last batter of the game, Adolis Garcia, attempted to recreate Semien’s at-bat with another double to the left. Garcia didn’t score, but in Jaime he took the lead 2-0.
The Rangers made five more runs in the ninth inning due to two hits thrown by reliever Aaron Lu, three hits and two wild pitches from Elvis Peguero, and an error in Rengifo’s play.
Lou got the first two outs in the pitch and then conceded straight singles to Josh H. Smith and Cole Calhoun. Peguero came out to try to secure a place in the final, but conceded a brace to Ezekiel Duran, which was scored by Smith. Rengifo’s mistake on the field allowed Semien to reach the base and Calhoun to score.
Duran scored on Peguero’s wild serve, and Semyen was second. Semyon scored on Taveras’ single. Heim then scored a ground rule double that gave Taveras a goal in the final heat.
Interim manager Phil Nevin said he didn’t blame Rengifo for the defensive glitch.
“Louis has been great to us on both sides,” Nevin said. “It was a tough game and he didn’t make the game.”
He also said that Peguero “crumbled” over the half.
The sleepy attack of the Angels woke up a little, landing four hits.
Adell took the first hit – a double – from Perez in the fifth inning and was left stranded. In the sixth, Brandon Marsh worked the walk, then David Fletcher worked the five-pitch bat for the single. And Rengifo knocked on Marsh with his single.
The Angels had a break in their attempt to equalize as Fletcher and Rengifo moved forward when Pérez was called for a block. But Taylor Ward ended the threat, leaving Fletcher and Rengifo stranded.
Rengifo and Jared Walsh then made one last try in the bottom of the ninth inning.
Rengifo, hitting the singles, scored as Walsh’s sharp grounder passed Rangers first baseman Nathaniel Lowe on an error, allowing the Angels to make one final run.
However, the top of that sixth inning was one that Sandoval probably wanted back, given how the game went.
Sandoval went through the first and second innings, making short work of his first seven batters before giving up on hitting in the third.
This hit, a single from Rangers forward Nick Solak, was followed by Sandoval walking with Duran.
Pitching coach Matt Wise came out to talk to Sandoval and then struck out the last two batters of the inning.
He faced another crash in the fifth inning when he hit Solak on his first pitch to him at bat, but Solak didn’t score after being caught trying to steal a second.
This story originally appeared in Los Angeles Times.