As we mentioned in this morning’s recaps, the Angels came back from a 5-0 deficit against the Rangers in Anaheim. The winning run came on a walkoff squeeze bunt, with Jeremy Jeffress getting the loss in the 10th. Texas wouldn’t have even been playing in the 10th, however, if their closer had taken care of business in the ninth.
That closer — for the moment anyway — is Sam Dyson, who gave up three runs on four hits while trying to convert what, on paper anyway, is the easiest of saves. He allowed a leadoff homer to Danny Espinosa, a double to Yunel Escobar, an RBI double to Mike Trout and an RBI single to Albert Pujols. Just like that the game was tied at five, setting the stage for Carlos Perez’s bunty heroics in the final frame.
Dyson has come in to two save situations this season and has blown them both. He likewise lost the Rangers’ Opening Day game, entering it with things tied up only to allow three runs on four hits in two-thirds of an inning.
Last night, after the Angels win, Rangers manager Jeff Banister said “we can’t continue to lose games like this.” I’d read “like this” to mean “with Sam Dyson pitching in the ninth.” Matt Bush? Jeremy Jeffress? Time to get ready for your closeup.
UPDATE: OK, maybe not Matt Bush.