American League Preview from The Sports Network|
Wednesday, July 31st
(All times eastern)
LA Angels of Anaheim (48-57) at Texas Rangers (58-49), 8:05 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: LA Angels - Jerome Williams (5-7, 4.85)
Texas - Martin Perez (3-3, 4.37)
(Sports Network) - The Texas Rangers and Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim have
staged an exciting series at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. The Rangers hope
for a few more fireworks on Wednesday when they try to complete a three-game
sweep of the Angels.
After a pair of ninth inning solo home runs carried Texas to a win in Monday's
opener, the Rangers needed even more heroics on Tuesday, as Leonys Martin's
three-run homer in the 10th inning capped Texas' 14-11 victory and handed the
Angels a fifth straight loss.
"He's shown that he can do that. He's hit some doubles down that left field
line," Rangers manager Ron Washington said. "But the most important thing is
he got a pitch up in the zone and he stayed on it."
Geovany Soto hit the game-winning homer on Monday and smacked a big three-run
blast in the eighth inning Tuesday to start the comeback. Adrian Beltre
singled in a run in the ninth off Ernesto Frieri, who suffered a second
consecutive blown save.
"This is the most frustrating moment of my career. I never went through this.
I don't know what to do," Frieri said. "We're very frustrated."
Beltre went 3-for-5 with a pair of RBI for the Rangers, who won back-to-back
games for the first time since taking three straight from July 7-9.
Former Rangers star Josh Hamilton drove in four runs, Mike Trout went 4-for-4
with two walks, three runs scored and an RBI and Mark Trumbo and Collin
Cowgill each homered in the loss.
The wild back-and-forth tilt featured 35 combined hits and saw the Angels take
a seemingly comfortable 11-7 lead in the eighth, which was extended due to a
failed rundown attempt.
Heading to the hill for the Rangers on Wednesday will be lefty Martin Perez,
who is 3-3 with a 4.37 ERA. Perez did not get a decision on Friday in
Cleveland, but was not sharp, as he allowed seven runs (6 earned) and eight
hits in just three innings of his team's 11-8 loss.
"Just don't go too fast with my mind," Perez said. "New game, new day. I have
to just trust my stuff."
Perez has never started against the Angels, who will oppose him with veteran
righty Jerome Williams.
Williams lost his fifth straight decision on Friday in Oakland, as he
surrendered four runs and six hits in five innings to fall to 5-7 on the year
to go along with a 4.85 ERA.
Texas has won six of eight head-to-head meetings with the Halos this season.
07/31 11:38:18 ET