G76: Rangers win 8th in a row; 11-5 over Angels

Well, when this game started, I wasn’t feeling good about the prospects of a win. We got down early (3-0), and with Valdes on the mound, I figured we wouldn’t score much. However, a few solo shots in the second (Raffy) and third (Ludwick – his first ever) gave me a little better feeling. OK, it’s now 4-2 (as Anaheim scored another in the third).
The game went on, and then we busted out bigtime for our first eight spot of the season in the fifth. It was helped majorly by the fact that the Angels walked five Rangers in that inning (all of whom which scored). There was a major home run by Todd Greene – into the second level of the ballpark right past the left field foul pole. Furthermore, the inning was capped off by a three run jack by Kevin Mench. We scored another in the 6th, as did Anaheim in the 8th, but the game was pretty put away after the 8 spot in the fifth.
Nice to get some runs for Valdes. We’re now at 8 in a row, and I’m feeling good. Unfortunately, we’re gonna start getting some players back from the DL that will definitely interfere with what’s happened. Specifically Carl Everett. I really wish we’d just eat his contract and cut him. The kids are playing far better than he had at any point in the season – and are a hell of a lot cheaper.
BTW, that catch in left field by a fan of Ryan Ludwick’s first ever home run got coverage nationally on ESPN’s Baseball Tonight. They showed the HR obviously, but replayed the fan’s catch on Baseball Tonight in slo-mo and got commentary from the guys doing the show, too. Hope that kid had someone taping it. :)