This week in Orange County, the Angels are playing more meaningful games than they have in two years. They have withstood injuries to remain around .500 and relevant in the American League wild-card chase. But to secure a playoff spot, they’ll have to surge at some point.
In a 3-0 loss to the Texas Rangers on Thursday at Angel Stadium, they did not perform well amid the added pressure. They had more hits than the Rangers yet failed to produce an impactful single in 11 opportunities with runners in scoring position.
“Gosh,” manager Mike Scioscia said, “it was one of those nights. We just didn’t square up a ball.”
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