Mike Trout has played in seven big-league games on his birthday. Last night, he hit his fifth home run on his special day.
Trout, 29, put the Angels on the board in the first with a 444-foot drive to left center.
Since rejoining the team after the birth of his first child, Trout hit his fifth homer of the year and went yard for the fourth time in four games.
However, it was not enough. Angels starter Griffin Canning did not have a good outing. Canning threw more balls (45) than strikes (43), walking six in 3.2 innings.
Up 3-1, Canning walked Robinson Chirinos with the bases loaded. He then proceeded to throw the ball into center field in a failed pick-off attempt.
That was all the Rangers needed to snap their three-game losing streak.
Rafael Montero pitched a perfect ninth inning and recorded his first career save. Montero struck out Trout to end the game.
What Did We Learn?
This has been a major problem for the Angels for many years. The main problem in this game was that Canning couldn’t escape four innings.
Let alone the fact that he walked six batters, but the Angels are going to need their starters to pitch strong and go deep into some games.
Other than the hit-by-pitch, the Angels bullpen did not allow another run. For the most part, they have looked solid to start the season.
The lineup did not get anything going either. Other than Trout’s homer and Matt Stassi’s RBI single, the Angels left 13 runners on base and struck out twelve times.
Anthony Rendon did not record a hit. He struck out once and walked once.
If the Angels offense isn’t clicking, forget about it. This team will have no chance of making it to the postseason.
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