G26: Rangers beat Tampa again, 5-1

No runs given up – we’ve seen that several times this year. Kenny Rogers, Esteban Loaiza, Rick Helling… But Mark frickin’ Clark? About the only thing this did was probably jack up his trade value – which right now seems to be with the Phillies for Ron Gant, or to the Reds for one of their OF surplus. I personally wish he would have been pitching this way the whole time he was here. When he first signed, I thought it was a great idea, and I was still pushing him come the start of this season, but I think I’m headed towards the bandwagon of “Big failed experiment”. It’s great when he gives us this pitching, but my gut says that he’s not capable of it all the time – last night was an aberration.
I didn’t get to see very much of this game – Wed is my bowling league night, and the TV near my lane had the stupid Country Music Awards on (wretch). I did pop my head down about 25 lanes or so where they did have it on a few times, but I couldn’t watch any of it for more than about 30 seconds. I got home in enough time to see Wetteland come in, but that was it. It was nice to get three in a row finally, and Wetteland did one of his two inning, five out saves. Clark went 6 innings, giving up 6 hits, and no runs, with one walk. Jeff Zimmerman & Doug Davis (to only one batter) also pitched between Clark & Wetteland. Overall, and pretty good pitching night – although it’s quite possible that’s the last we’ll ever see of Mark Clark. Royce Clayton did home a home run – I didn’t see it, but that’s always nice to see in the box score.
Injuries continue to mount – Gabe Kapler goes on the DL, and Luis Alicea comes out of the game hurt, Raffy didn’t play at all. Ughhhh…