June 30, 1999
Rangers 18, Angels 4
By the ninth inning of the final game of the Rangers' three-game stomping of the Angels at Edison Field last week, battered Anaheim pitchers had had enough. They'd been hammered for 41 hits and outscored 30-5 to that point, in large part because the Angels' hurlers failed to keep the hitters honest by throwing inside.
Reliever Shigetoshi Hasegawa, called in to mop up with the Angels trailing 16-4, reversed that trend and sent a message that next time, the Rangers shouldn't get so comfy at bat. He moved several Rangers off the plate and nailed centerfielder Roberto Kelly in the back with a fastball. "I wanted to give Texas a warning that we will be ready to play them the next time," said Hasegawa. "They'll be thinking inside, and that's good."
Added closer Troy Percival, "That should have been done five innings earlier." Sounds as if hitters on both teams should wear extra padding when the division rivals next meet, in Texas on July 21.