Dateline: Fox Mill District Park
The Angels took the field against the Rangers eager to avenge their recent tie with this ballclub. Garrett calmly went to the mound and after loading the bases, settled down and struck out two in a run to shut out the Rangers in the top of the first. In the bottom of the first, the Angels bats exploded with a leadoff shot to center by Mac and four singles by Garrett, Alec, Kevin, and Michael. The Rangers starter was clearly rattled and walked in two more. He was mercifully rescued by the four run limit as the Angels had the bases loaded with only one out when the fourth run scored. After one it was 4-0 Angels.
Mac came on in the second and gave up two runs on some weak hits and a few walks, but he struck out the side to end the inning. The Angels put runners on first and second, fueled by another hit by Alec, but those runners were left on base – after two it was 4-2 Angels and the fans were getting nervous. In the third Mac made quick work of the Rangers with three strikeouts in four batters. The Angels padded their lead with a five walk inning that scored Michael, Taylor, Jonathon, and Robbie. After three it was 8-2 Angels.
Kevin strolled to the mound in the fourth and struck out the side. The Angels bats just wouldn’t stop as Alec led off with a walk but Kevin hit a shot to left. A few more walks and Alec, Kevin, and Taylor had all scored. As the Rangers came up for their last at bat, they trailed 11-2. They were able to score two meaningless runs and the game ended 11-4 Angels.
Coach Goldstein was extremely pleased after the game and took time for a lengthy post-game press conference as the sun set over Fox Mill, “Just about everyone hit the ball in some form or other.”. He then added some very sound coaching advice “We still need to work on judging good pitches from bad. Remember If you have to lookup as the ball cross the plate its over your head so don’t swing. We also need to stay awake in the field and watch the pitcher’s throws and the catcher’s returns. Sometimes the ball goes wild from the catcher and shortstop needs to back him up and second base is the backup to the backup. Catchers, all throws should be right to the pitcher’s chest — don’t make them work. [Our] Last game [is] on Saturday let’s show coach Grossman that we are a team. Go Angels!”
Coach Grossman was very pleased as he was concluding his final scouting trip of the year. He was available for a very brief interview. “I was thrilled to see us win another big game. Its clear that our pitchers are really getting pretty tough and our offense is obviously starting to really see the ball. We match up well with the Orioles, but they have some great players – it should be a fun game on Saturday”.
The Angels close out their Fall season with a Saturday game against the Orioles.