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G76: Rangers barely win, 9-8 against Oakland

We won, but God knows we tried to blow it giving up 2 runs in the top of the 9th. If that text looks familiar – it should. I wrote it about the previous night’s game. It applied again. We went ahead big with a nice rally in the 6th, 7th, & 8th when we scored a total of 7 runs to take a 9-6 lead. So we bring in Urbina again. He proceeded to do what he did the night before – give up runs. Two this time, and then proceeded to get the save. It really reminded me of some of John Wetteland’s saves. :)
We had the longball going, with a solo shot by Arod on the first pitch he saw in the first, as well as two of them by Raffy later in the game during the big rally. That was nice to see – hell, even Raffy got a bloop hit to left. He’s also shown bunt a few times, so hopefully he’s at least trying to beat the shift.
The Juan Gonzalez trade is still undecided, and while my virtriol from yesterday about my “no Juan” picture has calmed down, I still think he needs to go.
And finally, a very scary moment early when Carl Everett’s bat went flying into the stands and hit two people. A 4 year old kid, as well as a 15 year old girl. Both were taken off the field. Carl was extremely shaken up, and my wife and I both commented that it’s terribly obvious that he has feelings and a heart, otherwise he wouldn’t have reacted the way he did when it happened. Play was stopped for awhile during which medical attention was given. We heard later on that the 4 year old went home fine, and the 15 year old was still at the hospital, but will most likely not need anything more than stitches. One comment I’ll make about the situation. Folks who are down in those seats where things like this happen tend to be the least attentive fans there. They’re what a friend of mine calls the “boob job & cocaine crowd”. In other words, people who have too much money. Where I’m going with this is that they’re on cel phones, talking about some biz thing and not paying attention, generally. In my opinion, four year olds should NOT be down there, because they have no clue what’s going on, they’re just “there”. And as such, they have no comprehension of the danger they’re in. I don’t think parents should put kids THAT young in harm’s way. I know I wouldn’t.
Hey, two in a row, and we’re only 21 games behind the Mariners now. Here we come! :)
Game notes here, and additional notes here.