Whether it was the Texas heat or the pressure of the game, the Angels had the Rangers right where they wanted them but couldn't hold up and now find themselves three games back in the AL West and once again fighting for their playoff lives.
Leading up to this game, I had one lingering thought in the back of my mind that kept bugging me: Jered Weaver complaining after his start on a hot humid day in Florida back in June. He put up a good line in the game, but he talked quite a bit afterward about what a struggle it was for him as he had some command issues and just seemed to tire in the heat. He could afford to be a little off against the Marlins, but not the Rangers. So imagine my chagrin when Jered came out in the first inning and repeatedly missed Jeff Mathis' target by feet, and not inches.
Weaver obviosuly didn't have his best stuff but did a respectable job of keeping the Rangers in check as long as he did. Ultimately, it seemed like, as in the Florida game, the heat had just taken too much out of him so that when he came out for the seventh inning having thrown less than 100 pitches to that point, he couldn't slam the door like he normally would in that situation and that was the opening Texas needed to take the series and give themselves some breathing room in the AL West once again.