Texas Rangers Win Streak Ended in Shootout with Los Angeles Angels
We all knew it had to end sometime but it didn't look like it should have ended last night. The Rangers fell to the Angels 9-8 in Los Angeles.The Ranger's pitching had been tremendous during this 12 game run but it finally fell apart last night.
Derek Holland was on the mound for the Rangers and got into trouble early. Holland had previously thrown 2 consecutive shut outs against division rivals Oakland and Seattle. Holland gave up 2 early runs in the 1st and a solo shot from Torii Hunter in the 2nd to get Rangers down 3-1. However, the Rangers fought back to tie it up in the 4th.
David Murphy hit a 2 run bomb to score Michael Young and make the game 3 all heading into a big 5th inning.
The Rangers put on a clinic in the 5th. Josh Hamilton singled to score Ian Kinsler; followed, promptly, with a Young double down the left field line to score Hamilton and Adrian Beltre. Making it a 6-3 Ranger lead but the rangers weren't done yet. Yorvit Torrealba rounded out the 5th with a 2 RBI double of his own. In total, the Rangers scored 5 runs to make it an 8-3 game. Most watching assumed the Rangers would extend their win streak 13. They would be wrong.
The 6th inning is when, youngster, Holland fell apart. Holland would give up 4 hits to the 5 batters he faced before being pulled. The Rangers still held a 8-7 lead when reliever Tommy Hunter came in in the 6th. Hunter would give up 2 more runs to finish the Angel rally.
Holland was going for his 3rd consecutive shut out last night. The only pitcher in Rangers history to throw three consecutive shutouts was knuckleballer Charlie Hough in 1983.
The Rangers still have a 4 game lead over the Angels in the AL West.