Wranglers 33, Angels 17
MIDLAND, Texas (AP) _ The hitters were ahead of the pitchers in Saturday’s baseball game between the Midland Angels and Wichita Wranglers - way ahead.
The Texas League teams combined for 50 runs, 47 hits and nine errors as the Wranglers walked away with a 33-17 victory.
Though they didn’t combine for a league record, officials believe an Angel Stadium mark was set. Beaumont and El Paso teamed up for 56 runs in 1983 to set the Texas League run-producing mark.
Midland starter Kyle Abbott allowed Wichita second baseman Dean Palmer to hit a solo home run in the first inning, and Midland’s Mark Davis answered with a homer in the bottom of the first.
But the 1-1 tie was the last indication that things would be normal.
The Angels got five runs in the bottom of the second, as right fielder Steve DeAngelis extended his hitting streak to 15 games with a two-run single.
The Wranglers then sent 15 men to the plate in a 10-run third inning - highlighted by Dan Walters’ grand slam.
The Wranglers pummeled relievers Kevin Trudeau, Mark Zappelli, Luis Merejo and Frank DiMichele for 15 runs in the fourth through seventh innings, before Midland manager Eddie Rodriguez decided that no more relievers needed the grief.
DeAngelis entered and walked Brian Cisarik to open the eighth. He retired the side on a fielder’s choice and inning-ending double play.
But the left-handed slugger was pounded for six runs in the top of the ninth.
Wrangler starter Jeremy Hernandez got the win.