Dateline: Hook Road 1
It was an idyllic fall evening at Hook Road as the Angels started a three game set for the week. The Rangers starter shut down the Angels in the first and Alec took the mound. After striking out one, he had a few control problems and the Rangers slipped in four runs. In the second the Angels went down in order and the Angels fans were quite nervous. Kevin strode confidently to the mound and dominated the Rangers with six strikeouts in two innings. In the bottom of the third, the Angels staged their rally. Down 4-0 with darkness approaching, Jonathon, Robbie, and Mac walked to load the bases. Kevin drilled a long double to left to score two and suddenly it was a ballgame. Garret walked to load the bases and Michael walked in the third run. The Angels were down 4-3 and the fans came to their feet. Quinn walked on four pitches and the Angels rejoiced at a thrilling come-from-behind tie.
Coach Grossman was available for a very brief interview as he began immediately preparations for the Orioles in only 24 hours. “I liked how our guys are starting to play their positions and I was also please how everyone stayed in the game even when we were way down. This team is starting to have some character.” Coach Goldstein was available for a more lengthy conversation. Coach Goldstein said “I was apprehensive at the start of the game, because the whole team seemed a little tired. There was no excitement, players were walking to the field, taking far too much time getting ready for batting practice. Throws and catches were limp and weak. This lack of energy was apparent in the first inning. However the competitive spirit of this young team shined through in the second and third innings, which was clear from the big come from behind scoring to tie it up. If we had one more inning I feel confident that we would have won this game handily.”
The Angels play again tomorrow at 5:30 at Hook Road against the Orioles.