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G104: Rangers lose to Oakland, 12-2

This game was going brilliantly. We were winning 2-1 through the end of the 7th inning. I was at this game, and wondered at the time why Valdes came out of the game after 6 innings, having thrown only (by my count) 87 pitches. Turns out it was a blister. It’s too bad as he was pitching brilliantly.
My wife wasn’t feeling good this evening, so we left early. Right before she went to use the bathroom before we left, Dave Burba was called on to pitch. As she was leaving, I screamed out loud “That’s it – game’s over. Three run home run from Burba”. And of course, that’s exactly what happened. We left after that, but not FOR that reason, we left because my wife wasn’t feeling good, and needed to go home. So we started driving home. We hit I30 when the top of the ninth started. When we got home back into Garland, the top of the 9th had JUST finished. That’s pretty bad when you can drive from Arlington to Garland in the span of half an inning!
Anyway, I got out of there just in time, what a meltdown of epic proportions. We gave up 11 runs in the 8th & 9th. A side note is that when it all started, we were four outs away from the win. But hey, I at least got a free hat for going, eh? :)
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