The Los Angeles Angels did the splits Tuesday night and ended up landing right where they were before they started.
After a 5-1 win in the opener of the double-header in Arlington, Texas, the Angels lost the second game 3-2 in 11 innings. That put the team record at 63-66, still tied for third place in the American League West with the Texas Rangers (62-65) as both teams have a .488 winning percentage.
While the Orange County team gained no ground, the day’s events brought two impressive efforts by the Angels. In the first game, Andrew Heaney pitched eight strong innings, giving up just four hits and one run. He struck out a career-high 14 batters and walked no one.
Mike Trout put on a hitting clinic with a home run, a triple and a walk. The round-tripper was his 42nd, tying him for the major league lead again with the Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger.
In the second game, the Angels trailed 2-0 until scoring one run each in the eighth and ninth innings, with Brian Goodwin’s 12th homer of the season tying the game in the top of the ninth.
Jaime Barria started for the Halos, working five innings and yielding five hits and two earned runs. He struck out four batters and walked one. The bullpen held the Rangers at bay the rest of the way until a stolen base and a fielding error brought in the winning run for the home team.
The Angels are next in action Wednesday, again against the Rangers with Patrick Sandoval (0-1) slated to make the start.