Rockets were flying all over Globe Life Park in the bottom of the first inning Monday night, and there was no life preserver in sight for Angels pitcher Matt Shoemaker.
Not that he was looking for one. When you sign as an undrafted free agent out of college and spend six full seasons in the minor leagues before getting a whiff of the big leagues, you don't expect any handouts.
So after getting pounded for three runs and four hits and putting his team in an early hole against the Texas Rangers, Shoemaker didn't look toward the Angels bullpen for help.
He returned to the dugout for a quick damage assessment.
"Man, that inning stunk — it was terrible," the...