Shohei Ohtani homers again as Luis Rengifo spearheads Angels’ comeback vs. Rangers

The Angels weren’t ready to go out with a whimper for a third straight game against the Texas Rangers.

On Saturday, the Angels rebounded with a 9-7 win over their division rivals at Angel Stadium in a game that included four lead changes.

David Fletcher came on from the bench after Phil Gosselin was hit in the head by Rangers starter Glenn Otto on a 91-mile pitch in the third inning. In game eight, Fletcher’s doubles, which grabbed two runs, helped tip the momentum in the Angels’ favor and put them on a run.

That eighth, which began with Max Stassi getting a single, also included Brandon Marsh working a 12-pitch walk ahead of Rangers’ Dennis Santana, both runners leading up to Fletcher’s big win.

Then the Angels equalized the game and moved forward.

Santana was drawn for Brett Martin, who hit Kurt Suzuki for the second out, Shohei Ohtani walked on purpose, Taylor Ward walked in a five-pitch at-bat, and then threw a wild pitch to Luis Rengifo. That allowed Fletcher to get the tie run without even having to sprint home. Rengifo then hit a two-run double to score Ohtani and Ward.

Perhaps it was all a rallying cry, not just for Gosselin but also for Ohtani, who hit his 22nd home run of the season in front of Otto in the third inning to give the Angels their first lead of the game.

Ohtani’s three-run shot, which came after Otto’s 1-and-0 substitution, was more run support than the Angels had provided in the previous two blowout losses to their division rivals. It also gave the Angels a 3-2 lead in the game after starter Chase Silseth gave up two hits and led two batsmen in the top half of the inning – allowing the Rangers to take an early two-run lead.

At the end of the third, Gosselin was hit so hard his helmet flew off. He stepped away from the batter’s box and crouched facing the dugout, keeping his head down for the most part. Interim manager Phil Nevin and athletic trainer Mike Frostad rushed to him. Gosselin was able to walk off the field alone and Fletcher came in to run for him.

Andrew Velazquez then stepped up to the plate, throwing and passing the throw first, giving the crowd something to cheer about. Ohtani’s home run woke the crowd up completely.

Luis Rengifo throws his bat after hitting a two-run double for the Angels in the eighth inning on Saturday.

Luis Rengifo throws his bat after hitting a two-run double for the Angels in the eighth inning on Saturday.

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Luis Rengifo celebrates his two-run double for the Angels in the eighth inning.

Luis Rengifo celebrates his two-run double for the Angels in the eighth inning.

(Jae C Hong / Associated Press)

In the fourth, Silseth gave up a triple home run to Texas’ Marcus Semien. The explosion drifted toward the rocks in the outfield. Marsh sprinted and hopped onto the wall to steal the shot from Semien and save the Angels’ lead. It was too far out of his reach and the Angels played from behind once again.

Silseth’s last line included five hits and five earned carries with four walks and five strikeouts over four innings.

The Angels began to close the gap of two runs in the fifth. Ward worked a six-pitch walk. Three batters later, Ward was herded in by Stassi, who managed to hit Otto with a single to reduce the Angels deficit to one.

Then the Rangers pulled even further away in the sixth inning when newly drafted helper Touki Toussaint lost a two-run home run to Meibrys Viloria on his Angels debut. But Toussaint went through four innings undamaged and earned the win.

Rangers made more noise in the ninth game, but Raisel Iglesias, who was closer, was able to get out of a two-on-two off jam and saved.

https://www.latimes.com/sports/angels/story/2022-07-30/shohei-ohtani-homers-angels-rangers-recap Shohei Ohtani homers again as Luis Rengifo spearheads Angels’ comeback vs. Rangers

Emma Bowman

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