"It was kind of spooky, kind of scary, never happened to me before," said Angel, who was still a bit shaken up about it even after the Rangers' 10-3 win.
"Left-handed batter, I was behind him. I wasn't anticipating that it was coming."
The top of Gardner's bat wound up striking Angel's camera directly on the lens, making anything he filmed out of there look like a giant snowflake or the opening scene to a James Bond movie.
It didn't matter. Angel never flinched. And as Alex Rodriguez came home during a forceout at third base, he could only think of one thing.
"I just thought, 'How do I get back to work? You're here to do a job,'" said Angel, who's based in Atlanta and was working for TBS as a freelancer.
"A-Rod was about to cross home plate, so that's what I was doing. I was shooting him. And then all of a sudden, if you look at the video, it gets pretty frosty."
While Angel focused on A-Rod through the tiny hole he still had to work with, the other TBS cameras focused on him, and suddenly viewers from all over the country knew his name. His cell phone couldn't handle the attention.
"My phone blew up," he said.
Luckily, he didn't have a big bill to pay at the end of the night.
Angel said it would cost "more than a house" to replace one of those TBS lenses if it is broken. But in front of each lens, the camera sports a protective glass cover on the outside, which was all Gardner's bat wound up damaging.
So, the TBS crew went back to the truck, picked up a brand new filter, and Angel was able to do the only thing he wanted to do -- get back to work.