Patrick Sandoval’s strong outing wasted in Angels’ sloppy loss to Rangers

Patrick Sandoval attempted to reverse the script of his recent poor start.

He finished his outing after 5 2/3 innings with six strikeouts and giving up four hits, two runs earned, two walks and one hit by pitch. But that last line certainly would have looked different had it not been for the sixth inning of the Angels’ sloppy 7-2 loss to the Texas Rangers on Friday at Angel Stadium.

“I felt really good, things felt good, the slider was a bit off today but the rest of the seats felt good,” said Sandoval. “I was just more in control of that game than the last two.”

Sandoval had pitched five scoreless innings, conceded just two hits – and held his own against Rangers All-Star Martín Pérez in the pitching match – before the score tipped in Rangers’ favour.

In the sixth inning, with an out and nobody on, Rangers shortstop Marcus Semien cracked a double into the left corner after Sandoval’s 1-and-0 trades. Jo Adell ran to get it but couldn’t secure it in time to keep Semien in second place.

Seeing the problems Adell was having, Semien rounded out second place and was waved home before Adell threw the ball to Luis Rengifo. Rengifo jerked the ball to catch Kurt Suzuki, but his throw bounced off the dirt just a foot away from Suzuki, who failed to catch it, allowing Semien to score.

Adell said he was frustrated, particularly with how well Sandoval was shooting, and that play changed the momentum of the game.

“It sucks,” Adell said. “I think he threw really, really well. He had a little scuffle there but threw really well. i have to be better I have to do the plays. It’s that simple. But we get to work, I get to work. i’m coming back out That’s why we play so many games. So tomorrow is a new day.”

Sandoval said the play didn’t affect him.

“They just put the racquet on some courts, put the ball in play and got us to make some plays,” he said.

Marcus Semien celebrates with his Texas Rangers teammates after scoring against the Angels.

Marcus Semien celebrates with his Texas Rangers teammates after hitting a double in Friday’s sixth inning and then advancing home after a fielding error from Angels left fielder Jo Adell.

(Mark J. Terrill / Associated Press)

Sandoval got his next batter, Leody Taveras, down and then went for a walk with Jonah Heim. His final batter of the game, Adolis Garcia, tried to replicate Semien’s at-bat with another double hit to the left. Garcia didn’t score, but drove to a 2-0 lead in Heim.

The Rangers made five more runs in the ninth inning after giving up two hits from reliever Aaron Loup, three hits and two wild pitches from Elvis Peguero, and a field error from Rengifo.

Loup got the first two outs of the inning and then gave back two straight singles to Josh H. Smith and Kole Calhoun. Peguero came on to try to secure the final but gave up a double to Ezeqiuel Duran who scored Smith. Rengifo’s field error allowed Semien to reach base and Calhoun to score.

Duran scored on Peguero’s wild court and Semien was second. Semien scored on a single by Taveras. Heim then reached on a ground rule double that Taveras scored for the final run.

Interim manager Phil Nevin said he didn’t blame Rengifo for the defensive hiccups.

“Luis has been great for us on both sides,” said Nevin. “It was a tough game and he didn’t make it.”

He also said Peguero was “scattered” through the inning.

The Angels’ sleepy offense woke up just a little, amassing four hits.

Adell scored Pérez’s first hit — a double — in the fifth inning and was pinned. In the sixth, Brandon Marsh worked on a walk, then David Fletcher worked on a five-pitch at-bat for a single. And Rengifo came knocking with a single in Marsh of his own.

The Angels had a break trying to level the score as Fletcher and Rengifo advanced when Perez was called to a drag. But Taylor Ward ended the threat with a flyout, leaving Fletcher and Rengifo stranded.

Rengifo and Jared Walsh then made one last try in the last inning.

Rengifo, who reached a single, scored as Walsh’s sharp grounder got past Rangers first baseman Nathaniel Lowe for an error to give the Angels their final run.

Still, the top of that sixth inning was one that Sandoval probably wanted back, given how the game had gone.

Sandoval drove through the first and second innings, making quick work of his first seven batters before giving up a hit in the third.

That hit, a single by Rangers designated hitter Nick Solak, was followed by Sandoval walking Duran.

Pitching coach Matt Wise went out to speak to Sandoval and then knocked out the last two batsmen of that inning.

He had another hiccup in the fifth inning when he hit Solak to him on his first pitch, but Solak failed to score after being caught trying to steal the second. Patrick Sandoval’s strong outing wasted in Angels’ sloppy loss to Rangers

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