Garrett Richards chucked the ball, put both of his hands on his head, and slumped to the dirt. He knew right away his throw to second base would not reach its intended target and the consequences of his mistake would be significant.
This season, that sort of error has often doomed the Angels. But on this day, Richards' teammates banded together to provide him a rare reprieve, scoring eight runs without a Texas Rangers response in a 9-6 getaway-day victory at Globe Life Park.
"They bailed me out," Richards said. "I made a mistake, but these guys swung the bats and put up runs. You couldn't ask for more out of this team."