The Los Angeles Angels came into Tuesday’s game knowing full well their playoff hopes depended on every remaining game.
Sure enough, they answered the bell in the opening game of their home series against the Texas Rangers. An eight-run fourth inning put the Angels ahead 9-3, and they never looked back, eventually taking the game by a final score of 11-3.
Their performance was a spectacular rise to the occasion by the Angels, but they have a lot of work ahead of them. The Rangers don’t take kindly to being blown out, and there still remains plenty of baseball to be played in this series. The Angels also won’t have the benefit of having Jered Weaver on the mound for the next two games.
At the time of this writing, the Baltimore Orioles and Seattle Mariners are still embroiled in a bitter extra-innings marathon. The Angels trail Baltimore by 2.5 games in the Wild Card race. If the Orioles pull this one out, Los Angeles will once again have to play three games out tomorrow. Even with so much baseball left to play in the season, it can’t be encouraging to have put on such a display for so little gain. The Angels did gain an advantage in the American League West race by beating the Rangers in addition to an Oakland Athletics loss. However, a 6.5 game deficit this late in the season is a daunting obstacle to overcome.
Regardless of what Tuesday brought, the Angels must look ahead and keep doing what Mike Scioscia has stressed all season—play one game at a time.
It paid off for one day, at least.
UPDATE: Baltimore won the game, 4-2, in the 18th inning.