Posted September 29, 2013 on
AP on Fox
Los Angeles Angels
When Josh Hamilton went to the plate for the final time in his first season with the Los Angeles Angels, the slugger was serenaded by the fans of his former team that still has a chance to get in the playoffs.
There were repeated chants of ''Baseball Town!,'' a reference to comments the slugger made after leaving the Texas Rangers about the Dallas-Fort Worth market being a football town. As he got close to the dugout after he flew out in the ninth inning of the Angels' season-ending 6-2 loss Sunday, Hamilton tipped his helmet to the crowd.
''That was just to let them know no matter how bad they boo me or bring up things from my past, I still love them,'' Hamilton said. ''There was nothing sarcastic about it.''
Hamilton had a tying RBI single for the Angels in the sixth, but the Rangers regained the lead for good on Geovany Soto's two-out RBI double in the bottom half of the inning off Jason Vargas (9-8) and won their seventh straight.
Texas (91-71), which began September with the AL West lead before a 5-15 slide, added game No. 163 to the regular season. The Rangers will host Tampa Bay on Monday night in baseball's first wild-card tiebreaker since 2007. The winner plays two days later at wild-card leader Cleveland for a berth against Boston in the division series.
The Angels (78-84) finished with a losing record for only the second time in 10 seasons after being swept in a four-game series at Texas for the first time since June 1978.
''You have to tip your cap to those guys. They played well and stayed alive. Our guys played as well as they could. It would have been nice to come in here and get some wins,'' manager Mike Scioscia said. ''I'm disappointed, but there's nothing to be ashamed about the way we went after them. Those guys brought their game up a notch, and we're going home.''
When the Rangers started their game, Tampa Bay already led 7-0 at Toronto. Then Mike Trout homered to put the Angels up 1-0.
Trout's 27th homer was his 190th hit, making the 22-year-old only the third major leaguer since 1900 with 190 hits, 100 walks and 30 stolen bases in the same season. The others are Ty Cobb in 1915 and Lenny Dykstra in 1993.
Major league strikeout leader Yu Darvish struck out eight in 5 2-3 innings. But for the sixth time this season, and second game in a row, Darvish immediately gave up the lead a half-inning after the Rangers went ahead.
The right-hander from Japan finished with a majors-leading 277 strikeouts, the most since Randy Johnson had 290 for Arizona in 2004. The last AL pitcher with more was Pedro Martinez with 284 for Boston in 2000.
A.J. Pierzynski had a leadoff double in the fifth and Soto walked before an errant pickoff throw by Vargas moved them both up a base. They scored on the single up the middle by Craig Gentry for a 2-1 lead about the same time Tampa Bay wrapped up its 7-6 win at Toronto.
Los Angeles quickly tied the game in the sixth against Darvish, even after a reverse double play.
J.B. Shuck hit a grounder to second baseman Ian Kinsler, who ran back Andrew Romine before throwing to first baseman Mitch Moreland, who had to make a quick throw to shortstop Elvis Andrus to tag out Romine. But Darvish then gave up a single to Erick Aybar and walked Trout on four pitches.
Neal Cotts (8-3), the left-hander whose 1.13 ERA is the lowest ever for a Texas reliever, gave up the tying RBI single to Hamilton, who finished with a 14-game hitting streak - his longest in his Angels debut after the previous five years with the Rangers. Howie Kendrick then struck out with runners at first and third.
Hamilton's finishing .250 batting average was the peak in the first season of a $125 million, five-year deal.
''Where I was a month and a half ago, that is something to be proud of,'' Hamilton said. ''Obviously, I would have wanted to win. We talked about finishing strong.''
The Angels won 23 of their last 36 games, and their 16 wins in September matched their most in any month this season. But it ended with four more losses to Texas, which won the season series 15-4.
''It is disappointing,'' Hamilton said. ''They had something to play for, and we wanted to try to help them stumble.''
NOTES: Vargas allowed four runs (three earned) with four strikeouts and two walks in 6 1-3 innings. ... Robbie Ross, Tanner Scheppers and Joe Nathan each pitched a scoreless inning of relief for Texas. ... Rangers slugger Nelson Cruz completed his 50-game suspension and will be activated Monday.
BEST OF MAXIM
AROUND THE WEB
ARLINGTON, Texas Josh Hamilton's 2013 season started with a rude reception in Arlington and it ended with one.
Hamilton, who flew out in his final at-bat to chants of "Baseball town", tipped his helmet to the fans at Rangers Ballpark to a chorus of boos as he headed to the Los Angeles dugout for the final time in the ninth inning Sunday.
Hamilton said there was no...
The Rangers are still clinging to their playoff hopes on the final day of the regular season, but former Ranger turned Angel Josh Hamilton planned to do his best to keep them from getting achieving that goal.
Hamilton has struggled adjusting to life with a new team, as he’s been unable to continue last season’s success. After setting new career highs with 43 home runs and 138...
Major League Baseball umpires have bore the brunt of criticism all year, missing plays at first base, tag plays, home run calls, to name a few. Los Angeles Angels Lefty C.J. Wilson found a new front to open on the umpire assault…rubbing up baseballs. According to Todd Wills of ESPNDallas.com, Wilson felt like the umpires didn’t do their pregame duty of properly rubbing up...
The September 30th, 2013 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels including Scioscia doesn't know if he will be back, luxury tax concerns could prevent a Trout contract extension and much more...
The Story: Mike Scioscia still hasn't heard whether or not he will be back in 2014.
The Monkey Says: All signs point to Scioscia staying, but I don't buy that...
Mike Trout’s Opening Act
Even if the Angels outfielder doesn’t win the MVP this season, no other hitter has been this great at such a young age
Baseball is the sport that launched a thousand barstool arguments, and unlike Helen of Troy, it inspires new fleets to disembark all the time. No sooner is one debate resolved than another one arrives to take its place. This time...
Mauledbypandas' team gained 3 points the final week in our league, Cracking The WHIP, to finish 4.6 ahead of three teams - Waco Night Terrors (Imposing Sea Creatures), the remains of the bay (Beef SAGNOF!), and Retro Vertigo (ECFBL). Josh Hamilton's Fake Stache led the overall standings early, but stumbled in the middle of the season, dropping as low as 15th on July 22nd...
Angels centerfielder Mike Trout has become only the third major league player since 1900 with 190 hits, 100 walks and 30 stolen bases in the same season.
Trout got his 190th hit Sunday on a home run in the first inning of Los Angeles' season-ending game at Texas.
The only other players to reach all those marks in the same season were Ty Cobb in 1915 and Lenny Dykstra in 1993...
(Eds: Adds details, quotes. With AP Photos.) By GREG BEACHAM AP Sports Writer Mike Trout believes he doesn't deserve the AL Most Valuable Player award if his team isn't in the playoffs.
After another lost season for his Los Angeles Angels, Trout is hoping he'll be worthy of bigger honors next October.
The Angels finished 78-84, posting their lowest win total in a decade...
The Los Angeles Angels continued their rough season on Friday night by assuring themselves a losing record with a loss to the Texas Rangers. CJ Wilson pitched fairly well for LA, but he got himself into trouble in the third inning by throwing two wild pitches, issuing a walk and hitting a batter. After the […]
By Joe Haakenson, AngelsWin.com Contributor -
SEPT. 28, 2002
GAME 161 - MARINERS AT ANGELS
ANAHEIM – The Angels warmed up their bats for the playoffs with a 14-hit performance against the Seattle Mariners on their way to an 8-4 win before 43,202 at Edison Field.
The Angels did nearly all their damage in the sixth inning when they scored seven runs to put the game out...
Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout had a tremendous sophomore season in 2013, and from a statistical standpoint, he’s the logical choice for the American League MVP award.
In fact, the 22-year-old became just the third player since 1900 (Ty Cobb and Lenny Dykstra are the others) to tally 190 hits, 100 walks and 30 steals in a single season.
But the Angels superstar doesn’t...
The sloppy conditions of a rain-drenched field at the end didn't really bother Los Angeles Angels manager Mike Scioscia.
That sloppy defense? Well, that was a different story.
The Angels had five errors that led to three unearned runs and they lost 7-4 Saturday to the Texas Rangers, who with their sixth straight victory will go into the regular season's scheduled finale...
By Joe Haakenson, AngelsWin.com Contributor -
SEPT. 29, 2002
GAME 162 - MARINERS AT ANGELS
ANAHEIM – The Angels wrapped up the regular season with their club-record 99th win of the season, a 7-6 decision over the Seattle Mariners before 42,878 at Edison Field.
The Angels scored five in the first inning, fueled by a grand slam from Troy Glaus, his 30th home run of the...
This is the big one. The season ender. No longer are we ranking the recent past. With the season now complete, we are going to take a walk, a painful walk, down memory lane to rank every player that donned an Angel uniform by their entire 2013 performance. We've got 49 players to cover here, so you might want to move your schedule around a bit.
By Joe Haakenson, AngelsWin.com Contributor -
SEPT. 30, 2002
OFF DAY - NOTEBOOK
NEW YORK -- It's baseball's version of David vs. Goliath.
The Angels face baseball's most storied team in the New York Yankees starting Oct. 1 in Game 1 of the best-of-five Division Series at Yankee Stadium. In order to advance to the American League Championship Series, the Angels...