Jered Weaver’s bid for a 6-0 start to the season came crashing down in a five-run Rangers third inning and Texas handed the Angels’ ace his first loss, 13-6, Sunday night at Rangers Ballpark.
Weaver lasted only 3.1 innings and was touched for 10 hits and eight runs. Texas finished with 19 hits.
Jumbo from Trumbo. Fans situated in the left field club level at Rangers Ballpark rarely have to dodge a home run ball. Mark Trumbo’s second-inning blast that traveled an estimated 437 feet was the first to reach the club level in over three years and just the 16th since the stadium opened in 1994. Trumbo, who also homered on Saturday, became only the third Rangers opponent to find the club level, the others being Mark McGuire in 1997 and Evan Longoria in 2008.
Fighting back. Down by eight runs with only three innings remaining and a late-night West Coast flight ahead, the Angels didn’t knuckle under. Vernon Wells started a three-run outburst in the seventh with a 416-foot solo homer. once Rangers starter Neftali Feliz departed. The Angels batted around and without a brilliant play by Elvis Andrus, robbing Howie Kendrick of a base hit with the bases loaded, the Angels could have gotten a lot more interesting.
Making his case: The Angels seem to be getting closer to finding a fulltime leadoff hitter. Mike Trout was on base three more times with two singles and a walk. He had two hits in his other series start in the leadoff spot on Friday.
Weaver’s Nightmare: It was one of those nights for Angels ace Jered Weaver, arguably baseball's best pitcher through the first five weeks of the season. The traditional fast starter saw it all come unwound by the potent Rangers lineup to the tune of eight runs on 10 hits in 3.1 innings. And there weren’t many soft hits in the bunch. The decisive hit was a two-out grand slam by Nelson Cruz in the third that broke open a 2-2 deadlock.
Another blowout. The rather alarming trend of lopsided defeats continued on Sunday. In their last seven losses, the Angels have been outscored 46-11. For the second time in the series, the Rangers hit double digits in runs.
Series to Texas. The Angels were hoping to make an AL West statement in the three-game series. But losing two of three drops the Angels eight games behind Texas. The Angels have lost the season series to Texas each of the last three seasons. Going back to 2011, the Halos have dropped 10 or the last 13 with the Rangers.