Wednesday, July 09, 2008
Note To Frankie: Rangers 5, Angels 4
Jered Weaver actually pitched a good game by the numbers, though as usual he was frustrating to watch with all the pitches getting fouled off; nevertheless, this is Texas, and for a flyball guy like the Weav to escape with only two runs surrendered (one unearned!) and a lead intact is no small feat. Arredondo and Shields also pitched well in relief.
Offensively, the team released the good news that Gary Matthews, Jr. will sit in favor of Juan Rivera most games. Rivera immediately paid dividends in that he got what should have been the game-winning two-run homer in the seventh off Frank Francisco. Yet, he also botched Marlon Byrd's routine single and turned it into a leadoff triple, with Byrd eventually scoring on another error by Vlad. Between those two events, the Angels outfield owes the team a win, or at least extra innings.
Oakland lost 6-4 to Seattle, so the Angels' lead stays stuck at 4.5 games. However, the Rangers are creeping back into it at 6.5 games back.