G94: Rangers whip DRays, 12-6

We start off the “second half” with a nice win that actually was more dominating than the 12-6 score would indicate. John Thomson was brilliant through seven innings. He scattered hits, and didn’t give up much until the 8th inning when his total went to 3 runs over 7.2 innings. Still most definitely a “quality start”. As many a Ranger fan has pointed out, his trade value only increases with these performances the last few weeks. I wonder who will want to trade for him. Our old “buddy” Jay Powell gave up three runs in the ninth to allow the DRays to get to 6 runs – far more then they should have gotten. We also came this close to breaking that “no pitcher has gotten 10 strikeouts for the Rangers” thing too, as Thomson had 9.
Offensively, we got some surprises. We got a 4-6 night out of Doug Glanville – we got a home run from Donnie Sadler and one from Marcus Thames, making his Ranger debut. There was also a big 3 run blast by Juan Gonzalez to shut up a guy who was REALLY riding Juan all game, and what’s funny about that is the guy started doing the “We’re not worthy” thing to Juan when he hit the home run. It was quite funny, and both Josh & Tom got a charge out of it.
A nice way to start the second half – plus the entire rest of our division lost, so we picked up ground on everyone! (Woo-hoo, now only 19 out)
Game notes are here.