ARLINGTON, Texas -- A two-hour rain delay spoiled the anticipated C.J. Wilson-Yu Darvish pitching matchup. The Rangers stormed for five runs in the first inning following the delay and cruised to an easy victory in the opener of a three-game weekend series before a sellout crowd at Rangers Ballpark.
Pop at the top. Mike Trout’s second look at Darvish resulted in a 374-foot deposit into the left-field stands with a man aboard. It was the second home of the season by the 20-year-old and only the third allowed by Darvish in 42 innings. It came on the heels of a three-hit performance by the center fielder Wednesday. Trout has batted in the leadoff spot in all 11 starts this season and already has seven extra base hits. In the 21 games before his call-up, Angels leadoff hitters totaled three extra base hits.
Picking up the slack. Statisictically, not a great night for Jerome Williams, but credit him for eating innings and saving the bullpen. Williams, tabbed originally as Saturday’s starter, replaced Wilson after a two-hour rain delay. His line wasn’t great, six earned runs in six innings, but he limited the Rangers to one run over his last four innings.
New HR leader. Torii Hunter became the Angels’ leader in home runs after his fifth of the season with one out and the bases empty in the sixth. Hunter began the game tied with Howie Kendrick, Mark Trumbo and Vernon Wells. Hunter resides in North Texas in the off-season.
Defensive shortcomings. Even though the Angels were charged with only one error, it was not a good night for the Halo defense. It started in the first inning when second baseman Kendrick played a sharply-hit potential double play ball into what was ruled an infield hit and compounded it with a throwing error to first. Left fielder Wells had problems on Mike Napoli’s sky-high fly near the left field wall that went for a triple and turned into a run in the third inning. Trout and Wells almost bumped into each other chasing down a drive near the wall in left-center. Trout failed to make the catch.
After it rains, it pours: The Angels trailed 1-0 before Friday’s rain delay of almost two hours. When play finally resumed with Williams in relief of Wilson, the Rangers scored five more runs for a comfortable 6-0 cushion after one inning and the rout was on.
Rough night for No. 5. Albert Pujols saw his batting average dip to .192 after going 0-for-4 with a strikeout. He failed to get the ball out of the infield, twice fouling out to third base and rolling out to first. His only solid contact, unfortunately, was on the head of Rangers catcher Yorvit Torrealba on a follow through. Torrealba later had to leave the game.