ANAHEIM – It took nearly four hours, but the Texas Rangers swept the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, for the second time in a row. Small ball helped the Rangers again, in a 10-3 win tonight, that also helped share a tie for first place in the American League Western Division.
Can you imagine if one of the best players in baseball was only 22-years-old? Oh wait… Yep, sure enough, it was Mike Trout‘s 22nd Birthday today, and he celebrated it the only way Mike Trout could. In the top of the first, after a leadoff walk from Kole Calhoun, Trout decided to give himself a birthday present, the same one he got himself the year before; a big ol’ home run to center field. You ready for the fun stats? Trout hit his 20th home run of the 2012 season on his 21st birthday… shocker alert, Trout his 20th home run of the 2013 season on his 22nd birthday. Oh, I forgot to mention, he’s the first player in Major League Baseball history to hit home runs on both his 21st and 22nd birthday. To say he’s good at baseball, is a slight understatement. Trout finished his birthday going 2-for-4.
Calhoun was one of only two other Angels players to reach base twice, and the only other Angels player with an RBI (double in the eighth). One media personnel brought up that Calhoun is “really making his presence known” and I couldn’t agree more as he’s becoming a hidden fan favorite among the fans, and the clubhouse.
The other was newly acquired Grant Green, who is having himself a nice time with the Angels. Last night he went 2-for-4 getting his first career hit, and he didn’t stop tonight going 1-for-2 with a single, a four pitch walk, and took a fastball to the shoulder, giving him three times on base.
The Rangers, to not many people’s surprise, stole seven bases tonight. It tied a club record for stolen bases allowed for the Angels. Six of the seven stolen bases came from Leonys Martin and Elvis Andrus, four of their six, coming in the first inning alone.
Rangers starter Alexi Ogando had a fairly decent night, going five innings, allowing two runs on four hits (the two runs off of Trout’s home run), and walking a pair, and striking out four on 97 pitches.
Although the Rangers played small ball to win the game, Adrian Beltre played big ball tonight, going 3-for-4 with 3 RBIs, all on a line drive home run to left, just inside the foul pole in the sixth inning.
Final from Angel Stadium in Anaheim, California:
Rangers, 10 Angels, 3
W – Alexi Ogando (5-3, 3.28)
L – Tommy Hanson (4-3, 5.59)
Time : 3 hours, 51 minutes
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