“But we have another game tomorrow, so we have to forget about this one“.
Texas left no doubt in the finale with a six-run seventh inning that lasted 37 minutes and included five Los Angeles pitchers.
According to Elias, Texas was the first MLB team to lose a potential league- or division-clinching game in the last week of the season after having a lead of at least four runs in the ninth inning.
Now, the team left for dead in spring training when Yu Darvish was injured and again after a 7-14 April and once more after a 1-7 homestand to finish the first half is in the postseason. It started with Chris Gimenez who led off with a full-count walk.
Cam Bedrosian started the inning for the visitors before being spelled by Cesar Ramos, Mike Morin, Wesley Wright and finally Cory Rasmus.
Shin-Soo Choo walked on five pitches to load the bases for Prince Fielder. If my pitch count got there and I didn’t have 300, I would have come out.
Mike Trout doubled with two outs in the first, and Albert Pujols followed with a shot to center field to put the Rangers in a quick hole.
The Phillies (63-99) erased an early 2-0 deficit and broke out for four runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to not suffer what would have been their first 100-loss season since 1961, when they went 47-107.
“We were a strike away three different times”. Mitch Moreland’s sacrifice fly made it 6-2.
The Angels just couldn’t get anything going in this one other than the first inning as they could only pound out three hits in this one against Hamels who pitched one of his best games as a member of the Rangers.
As such, the race for the AL West crown and the last slot in the American League Wild Card all comes down to tomorrow. “That’s what it was”.
Chicago finished the season at 76-86, in fourth in the Central, a slight improvement over previous year, when the Sox won 73 games.
Asked to rate his own performance, in which he didn’t allow a hit after Shane Victorino’s one-out double in the second and retired 23 of the final 26 batters, Hamels said, “It was good”.
All of the playoff matchups were locked in Sunday on the final day of the regular season.
Cole Hamels pitched a three-hitter, Adrian Beltre hit a go-ahead homer, and Texas clinched the A.L. West title.
That’s why he’s an ace. 244 this year, he still played in 157 games and without him, the Angels would have had an extremely hard time scoring at all this year outside of the 41 times that Trout drove himself in. He did it as a rookie, he did it as a young player and he really showed what he’s really all about today.
“But those guys in the room and everybody in the organization did an excellent job”. I’m just glad I’m on his team.
St. Louis was held to seven hits in the doubleheader, which included a loss to Shelby Miller in the first game that ended Miller’s 24-start winless streak. The Rangers drew 2,491,875 fans in 2015, 15th out of 30 teams.