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ST17: Rangers take down Boston, 7-5

This game wasn’t slated to be on KRLD, but it was available via a Real Audio Link to the Red Sox broadcast feed. At least I got to hear it. I missed most of the end of the game, as I listened at work, and got called away to do something else. Thanks to Fathacker for the Real Audio Link.
Red Sox announcers aren’t that exciting. Boy, do I miss Eric & Vince. At least I did get to hear the game, though. I hate this “no radio for most spring training games”. The two Red Sox announcers did spooge a lot over Ruben Mateo, mostly over his arm.
Nice 5 run inning early on. Pitching wasn’t that bad, only gave up three runs for awhile. I know it’s still Spring training, but I don’t like to see more than 3 runs given up in a game. There were no errors by the Rangers, which is always good. Mark Clark looks like he’ll be a good pickup for us. Hope it carries over into the regular season even better! This win makes it five in a row now. We’re two over .500 for spring training so far.
Speaking of that, what’s with the KC Royals? 11-1, I think? Yeesh! If they manage to carry that through the entire 99 season, it will throw a major monkey-wrench into the arugment the “have-not’s” are pushing now for a restructuring of the revenue sharing system in baseball.
Commentary by Jim Meeks:
Tom Goodwin and Lee Stevens led the Rangers to their 5th straight win in exhibition play Wednesday by defeating the Red Sox 7-5.
Goodwin was 3 for 5, doubled, walked once and scored twice. Stevens was 3 for 3, doubled and drove in 2 runs.
Stevens followed up a string of 5 straight singles with a 2-run scoring double in the second to put the game away.
Gregg Zahn continued his hold on the backup catcher slot going 2 for 4, while John Marzano got hit in the wrist in his only plate appearance.
On the mound Mark Clark started and was fairly impressive depsite giving up 3 runs in 4 innings. Most of the hits didn’t seemed to be that hard (on the radio). Jeff Zimmerman Tony Fossas, Eric Gunderson and Al Levine all had scoreless innings in relief. Rookie Corey Lee struggled in his only inning, giving up 2 runs on 3 hits.
The Boston radio announcers were impressed by the Rangers defense. In the 3rd, left fielder Rusty Greer made an “sensational diving catch” to rob Darren Lewis.
In the 4th, the Sox announcers were thoroughly suprised at rookie Ruben Mateo’s arm, as he made a very strong throw to 2nd on “what would normally be an easy double”. Mateo, who played most of the game in right field because Goodwin played center, also grabbed a ball in the deep right-center gap in the 4th. In the 6th the announcers also raved about his speed and his base-running and called him a “very good-looking, toolsy player” and “an impressive young man”.
The Rangers now are winners of 7 of their last 9 spring games.