Trout Finally Homers, But Texas Takes Series From Floundering Anaheim

May 9: Texas 6, Anaheim 3

The Rangers have been the homer-happiest team outside of New York, and the big dimensions in Anaheim didn’t hold them back as they launched six dongs in the first two games of the series. Juan Gonzalez hit two in the first game as the Rangers cruised to a fairly easy win. The Angels managed two homers off Nolan Ryan, but they resulted in only three runs and the extent of the Angels scoring for the day.

                  R H BB
TEX 031 000 110 - 6 7  3
ANA 000 002 100 - 3 8  4

HR: A. Rodriguez (7), J. Gonzalez-2 (6), T. Salmon (5),
J. Fregosi (4)

starters         IP  R ER HR BB SO
N. Ryan         6.1  3  3  2  4  7  
A. Messersmith  7.0  5  4  2  3  7 

TEX 16-15, ANA 11-21

troutMay 10: Texas 7, Anaheim 2

After playing 31 games this season without a homer, Mike Trout finally took a trot around the bases after connecting for a two-run shot off Yu Darvish in the first inning. The Angels couldn’t hold the 2-0 lead however, as the big Texas bats ran up five runs on Jered Weaver in the fourth, fifth, and sixth innings. Trout’s homer was the Angels’ only extra-base hit, while the Rangers doubled four times and homered thrice. After the Trout homer, Darvish was nails.

                  R  H BB
TEX 000 212 002 - 7 12  4
ANA 200 000 000 - 2  5  3

HR: A. Oliver (2), A. Rodriguez (8), F. Howard (7),
M. Trout (1!)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
Y. Darvish  8.0  2  2  1  3  8  
J. Weaver   5.1  5  5  1  2  4 

TEX 17-15, ANA 11-22

May 11: Anaheim 5, Texas 0

Kelvim Escobar, coming in with a 4.79 ERA, might not have been the starter Anaheim wanted to go with to avoid a sweep, but he ended up being the starter they needed as he hung up zeroes for seven innings. The shutout was in doubt after Escobar walked the first two batters in the eighth, but Frank Tanana took over mound duties and stranded both runners. Tanana pitched a scoreless ninth as well.

Mike Trout must have enjoyed hitting his first homer, because he got right back to it and homered again. He admitted after the game that he’d been pressing at the plate and frustrated by his lack of power, but that he’d finally felt relaxed again after getting the first homer out of the way the day before.

The Angels are going to need him – their 12-22 record is worst in the league.

                  R H BB
TEX 000 000 000 - 0 5  4
ANA 000 100 40x - 5 7  3

HR: M. Trout (2), J. Fregosi (5)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
C. Hough    6.2  5  5  2  1  9 
K. Escobar  7.0  0  0  0  4  6 

TEX 17-16, ANA 12-22
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