In the first game after the unexpected death of pitcher Tyler Skaggs, the Los Angeles Angels honored his memory with remarks and ceremonies, and then with a stirring come-from behind victory Tuesday over the Texas Rangers.
“He’s just a happy person,” said Angel manager Brad Ausmus, referring to Skaggs in the present tense. “He’s got the type of personality that draws others in. Like I said, he’s goofy in a good, funny way.”
After trailing early 3-2, the Halos rallied with two runs in the fifth, four in the sixth and two more in the eighth to post the 9-4 victory. The win evened the team’s record at 43-43. The Orange County team remains in fourth place in the American League West.
The Angels got fewer hits (eight) than runs, but benefitted from four Rangers errors in the game at Arlington. Kole Calhoun had two hits, including a two-run home run in the top of the eighth to help the Halos pull away.
Mike Trout was held hitless but walked three times and scored a run. Overall the Halos drew 11 walks. Justin Bour, batting for Tommy La Stella – injured by a foul ball – drove in two runs on a single in the sixth that broke a 4-4 tie.
Angel starter Jose Suarez went four innings, giving up three hits and three runs. He struck out seven batters and walked two. The win went to Trevor Cahill (3-6), who worked two innings and gave up one hit and one run.
The Angels will meet the Rangers again on Wednesday in Arlington, 5:05 p.m. Pacific time.