by Dan M | Posted on Monday, July 30th, 2012

By Dic Humphrey

ARLINGTON, Texas – Los Angeles routed Texas Monday night 15-8 in the series opener of a four game set.  The Angels bombarded Ranger pitching with four home runs, including two from Kendrys Morales in the sixth inning.  The L. A. win cuts the Rangers’ lead over the Angels to four games, the same lead the Rangers held at the All-Star break.

The game was back and forth for the first five innings, but the Angels broke it open with nine runs in the sixth.  Albert Pujols doubled and Morales homered to open the inning, breaking a 3-3 tie.  It gave the Angels a lead they would never relinquish.  After a fly out, five consecutive singles plated three more runs to extend the Angels’ lead to 8-3.  Three batters later, Morales became the second player in Angels’ history to hit two round trippers in an inning.  This time it was a grand slam.

Nine runs are the most that have been scored in an inning in any American League game this season.  It’s happened twice.  The White Sox also did it earlier this month against the Rangers in a game started by Roy Oswalt.

Oswalt was the Ranger starter and losing pitcher.  He pitched into the sixth inning, giving up eight runs on 11 hits.  It was the third time in six starts that Oswalt has allowed the Ranger opponent a double digit hit total.  His record slides to 3-2, and his ERA shot up more than a run to 6.49.

Ervin Santana, who the Rangers rocked for eight hits and six runs in an inning and two-thirds in his last start, was the Angels’ winning pitcher.  He completed five innings, allowing three runs on four hits, and became the pitcher of record when the Angels’ bats exploded in the sixth.  He is now 5-10 on the season with a 5.97 ERA, definitely the weak link in the Angels’ starting rotation.

Angels’ shortstop Maicer Izturis started the scoring with his second home run of the season in the second inning.  Texas scrambled back to take the lead in the bottom half with a sac fly and a double after Nelson Cruz walked and Josh Hamilton doubled to start the inning.  Michael Young had the sac fly, and David Murphy had the run scoring double, the Rangers first hit with a runner in scoring position in their last 30 attempts.

Unfortunately, it proved to be the only lead of the game for Texas, and it didn’t last long.  Bobby Wilson singled and Mike Trout homered to open the Angels’ third inning, retaking a 3-2 lead.  Santana followed with a crisp one-two-three shut down third, but he wasn’t so fortunate in the fourth.  Hamilton slugged his 29th home run, his second extra base hit of the game and his second hit of the game to left field.   That brought the teams even at three runs apiece.

After the sixth inning explosion essentially iced the game, Texas scored in every inning adding a singleton in the sixth, two more in the seventh on Cruz’s 15th home run, another in the eighth on Napoli’s 17th home run, and another singleton on Cruz’s run scoring double in the ninth.  The Angels’ pushed across three more in the seventh to get the final 15-8 score.

The game started an hour earlier than usual to accommodate ESPN’s national telecast.  The network had to be excited over the prospect of two elite American League teams dueling for first place in the division.  That excitement went away fast with the sixth inning bombardment by the Angels.  So much for ratings.

Jered Weaver (13-1, 2.26), whose only loss this year was in Arlington, goes for Los Angeles in game two Tuesday night.  Weaver’s ERA leads the American League, and his win total is second to David Price’s 14.  Derek Holland (7-5, 4.74) will oppose him for Texas.

The non-waiver trade deadline is 3:00 PM (Central) Tuesday afternoon.  Perhaps the Rangers will have a couple of new pitchers in the fold when Tuesday night’s game begins.


  • The switch-hitting Kendrys Morales hit the first sixth inning home run left-handed off Roy Oswalt, and the second one batting right-handed off Robbie Ross.  He became just the third Major League player to homer from each side of the plate in an inning.  Carlos Baerga for Cleveland and Mark Bellhorn for the Cubs are the other two.
  • Before the game, first baseman Mitch Moreland was activated from the disabled list.  He started Monday night and batted ninth.  Leonys Martin was optioned to AAA Round Rock to make room on the roster for Moreland.
  • The Angels’ scheduled Wednesday starting pitcher Dan Haren was scratched with back stiffness.  The likely replacement is Garrett Richards.
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  1. Fran Williams says:

    OUCH!! All I can say is that one stings! Pretty sad when 8 runs isn’t enough. I’m still hanging in there with mt Rangers though. Always have, always will!!

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