G74: Rangers take first game of DH, 8-5

Well, Game 1 of the DH went well. Despite me getting out there in 95 degree weather, and having to sit in the sun for a couple of innings, the day went well. :)
Seriously though. Joaqun Benoit started the game, and was really REALLY wild in the first inning. However, we could have gotten out of it with no runs scoring at all despite bases loaded and nobody out if Rob Bell hadn’t thrown a ball wild to the plate for a force at home causing Pudge to come off the plate. Benoit then gave up a two run HR to Erstad in the second inning, but otherwise calmed down. He didn’t pitch TOO bad, but his 35 pitch first inning probably got him out of the game faster.
Herbert Perry had a great game, going 3-5. Arod was 2-3 with two walks. Arod scored four times himself, and overall, we had a nice offensive game against our old friend Aaron Sele.
John Rocker pitched well, as did most of the rest of the pen. However, Cordero came in in the 9th, and pulled a muscle after a few pitches, and had to come out. It’s not looking good there, even if Jerry Narron put up a brave face in the post game show. Irabu came in and gave up a home run (in the rain!) – but we prevailed for our sixth in a row.