The Los Angeles Angels are winding up their 2016 season much as they have most of the year: ending hot streaks with cold snaps. The Halos fell 8-5 to the American League West-leading Texas Rangers at the Big A Saturday.
Daniel Wright, in his first start for the Orange County team, gave up six hits and four runs in five innings as Texas built a 4-1 edge. But the Halos rallied for one run in the fourth and three runs in the seventh to go ahead 5-4.
Kole Calhoun homered to drive in two runs, and Mike Trout had two hits, drove in one run and scored around.
The Angel bullpen couldn’t hold that lead, though, and the team’s record fell to 62-79, still fourth in the AL West. The team is close to being eliminated from the possibility of a playoffs berth.
The series with the Rangers continues Sunday with Jered Weaver (10-11) getting the start for the Halos.
UN-OFFENSIVE RUSTLERS FALL
With their top quarterback and receiver sidelined with injuries, the Golden West College Rustlers lost 20-17 to Riverside City College on Saturday at LeBard Stadium. The defense stood up strong, though, keeping the Tigers in check for three quarters, as GWC led 17-6. The home team scored two TDs in the final quarter to pull off the win.
The outstanding play of the game was Hunter Margain’s 81-yard return of an interception for a score. GWC, now 1-1, can take some consolation from nearly beating the state’s number two-ranked team.
The Rustlers are back in action next Saturday when the visit Chaffey College.
PANTHERS STUMBLE IN OPENER
Chapman University’s football team opened its 2016 season with a 48-14 loss to Linfield College Saturday in Oregon. The Panthers scored first on a 97-yard punt return for the touchdown by Jacob Isabel, but things generally went downhill from there.
Ricky Bautista passed for 122 yards and one score. Ethan Weinstein caught seven passes for 101 yards and one touchdown.
The Panthers will next play on Sept. 24, hosting Trinity College of Texas in the Chapman home openers.