I'm not saying that the Angels' season is over, but the fat lady definitely seems to be warming up her vocal cords backstage.
Rangers 7, Angels 3
The Angels needed to come out strong tonight to respond to last night's tough loss, if only to show the Rangers that they weren't dead yet. Instead, they acted like an obedient dog and rolled right over almost from the first pitch.
Sure enough, Chatwood gagged up two runs to start the game. Exactly what the scuffling Angel lineup didn't need, an early deficit to try and overcome, nor did the beleaguered bullpen need Chatwood expending a bunch of pitches so early in the game. Even had Tyler been able to right the ship after that, he was obviously headed for an early exit.
The worst though was the way the offense went out of its way to prove just how totally inept it really is. In very un-Angel like fashion, they got the leadoff man in each of the first three innings. Unfortunately, they "took advantage" of those baserunners in a their usual tragic way. That leadoff man was erased without ever becoming a threat in the first and second inning by way of inning-ending doubleplays. Then in the third, the Halos finally broke through to plate a run with one out, starting what might have been a comeback rally to get back in the game. Or at least they would have had they not run themselves right out of that inning. Aybar made an out on the very play the run scored on by stupidly trying to take an extra base, which was quickly followed by Peter Bourjos getting picked off at first base without Holland ever actually making another pitch after the run scored. Any life the Angels had in them died when Bourjos got picked off as they managed just two more baserunners before sparking a meaningless rally in the ninth inning.
I am contractually obligated at this point to point out that the Angels could still win the next two games and claw their way back to four games back, which would keep them alive in the AL West, barely. But after another pitiful effort, I really have very little hope of that happening.