Rapid Reaction: Angels 15, Rangers 4
April, 19, 2011
By Richard Durrett | ESPNDallas.com
ARLINGTON, Texas -- It was just an ugly night for the Rangers. The Angels jumped all over them, scoring four runs in the first five innings and then piling up four runs in the sixth and five more in the seventh. Texas didn't pitch well, didn't get any clutch hits with a few chances in the early innings and had four errors. Some quick reaction (more to follow from the clubhouse):
* Colby Lewis didn't have much velocity Tuesday and wasn't able to move the ball around the zone enough to keep hitters off balance, especially the second and third time through the lineup. The bottom of the order was particularly good against him (the Nos. 6, 7, 8 and 9 hitters were 4-for-6 with a homer and two walks). Lewis only made it five innings, the fewest innings pitched by a starter normally in the rotation (Dave Bush went three innings in a start in Detroit last week).
* A one-out walk to Alberto Callaspo in the fourth really hurt. Lewis, trying to get a shutdown inning, then threw a 3-0 fastball to Mark Trumbo and it was belted for a two-run homer to put the Angels in front. The Angels scored again in the fifth on a solo shot by Maicer Izturis. Lewis has allowed five homers in his first three starts.
* One thing Lewis has struggled with since joining the Rangers in 2010 is throws to the bases. That showed in the first, when Bobby Abreu's chopper back to the mound gave Lewis trouble. He fielded it and threw low to shortstop Elvis Andrus at second. Andrus made a nice play to get the ball and the out, but it meant the Rangers didn't turn what should have been a double play. Lewis later threw wide of first and was charged with an error. But he got out of the inning with no damage done.
* Lewis was the best in the American League at pitching with runners in scoring position in terms of opponent's average at just .201. After giving up a hit with a runner at third in the second, Lewis gave up a single to put runners on the corners with one out. But he struck out Peter Bourjos and got Izturis to fly out despite falling behind in the count.
* Mason Tobin came in to relieve Lewis, pitched to four batters and then had to come out with right elbow pain. He'll be examined further, but for a guy who had Tommy John surgery, pain in the right elbow isn't good. Read more about that here. It's likely the Rangers will go out and get a pitcher.
* Adrian Beltre had yet another web gem. He charged a slow chop by Vernon Wells, barehanded it and threw off-balance, falling as he did so, to first to get the first out of the fourth inning. Good stretch by Mitch Moreland on the play, as well.
* Moreland continues to have very good at-bats. He hit a 2-1 cutter to left-center for a double with one out in the third. He scored on a single from Ian Kinsler to tie the score.
* Kinsler's RBI occurred with two outs. The Rangers came into the game batting .290 with two outs and runners in scoring position, tops in the league.
* The Rangers loaded the bases in the fourth with one out, but couldn't score. Yorvit Torrealba hit with one out and struck out looking, making him 0-for-12 with runners in scoring position on the season. Torrealba threw out his second baserunner of the season and hit his second homer of the season, a solo shot off the foul pole in left field in the ninth.
* Michael Kirkman came in for Tobin and had his velocity, but he missed over the plate and the Angels took advantage. Kirkman, a starter by trade, didn't warm up for very long (even though he had all the time he wanted because of the injury). I'm not sure that played a part in his struggles, but it's worth noting. Kirkman was taking one for the team Tuesday as the Rangers were trying to save their bullpen in a blowout and just didn't have it. Kirkman gave up six runs (five earned) on six hits in 1 2/3 innings. He had a walk, a strikeout, a wild pitch and a home run. He threw 54 pitches.
* Andres Blanco came in to play third base in the eighth, giving Beltre a bit of a break. Beltre didn't have a hit, ending his streak at nine games. Beltre had an error in the ninth, dropping a ball to allow a run to score.
* Michael Young's single in the eighth gave him a 10-game hitting streak.
* David Murphy charged a ball that should have been a single, but missed it and it turned into a three-base error that allowed a few more runs to score. The ball just went right under Murphy's glove and by the time he got it, Bourjos had run all the way around the bases.
* The Rangers had four errors, their most since making five against Seattle in Arlington on July 29, 2008. They came into the game with eight.