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G2: Rangers drop second game to A’s, 3-1

Uh, excuse me? Did someone replace Chan Ho Park last night with someone else? I sat there watching Chan Ho Park pitch, and damned if he didn’t seem like a totally different pitcher. His fastball was sharp and had movement on it, and his curveball. Yikes – it looked like Barry Zito’s curveball. It was absolutely amazing how awesome he pitched. It was by far – no comparison the best pitching performance he had in a Ranger uniform. Nothing was even close. Park gave up seven hits over his seven innings, and struck out eight – a lot of them on called third strikes. Unfortunately, a short sequence in the 6th inning cost him the game. He gave up a triple on a ball that was botched by Kevin Mench in right. A single followed, and then his only mistake was hit over the fence. Park came back the next inning and was brilliant again. It’s a real shame that we couldn’t get any runs to cover that small mistake, because Park really deserved a win the way he was pitching.

Unfortunately, Mark Mulder was the opposing pitcher. Mulder gave up even less. Mulder gave up 5 hits over his seven innings, and just one run.

We never got much going offensively, and the one run we did score was a small ball run – scoring on an a fielder’s choice that never left the infield. I’ll take this pitching performance from Chan Ho Park any day. It was quite amazing to watch.

Line Score
AL  FINAL
1  2  3   4  5  6   7  8  9     R  H  E
-  -  -   -  -  -   -  -  -     -  -  -
TEXAS               0  0  0   0  1  0   0  0  0     1  5  1
OAKLAND             0  0  0   0  0  3   0  0  x     3  7  0      (FINAL)
BATTERIES: TEX - CHAN HO PARK, CARLOS ALMANZAR (8TH) AND ROD BARAJAS
OAK - MARK MULDER, JIM MECIR (8TH), ARTHUR RHODES (9TH)
AND DAMIAN MILLER
WP - MARK MULDER (1-0)
LP - CHAN HO PARK (0-1)
SAVE - ARTHUR RHODES (2)
HOME RUNS: TEX - NONE
OAK - JERMAINE DYE (1) OFF CHAN HO PARK IN THE 6TH, 1 ON
TIME: 2:05     ATT: 13,217
PROBABLES: TEX - COLBY LEWIS (NR)
OAK - BARRY ZITO (NR)
Box Score
TEXAS (1) VS OAKLAND (3) - FINAL
TEXAS                  ab  r  h rbi bb so lob   avg
M Young ss              4  0  0  0   0  1   0  .222
H Blalock 3b            4  0  0  0   0  0   0  .125
A Soriano 2b            3  0  1  0   1  2   0  .333
M Teixeira 1b           4  0  0  0   0  3   2  .125
B Fullmer dh            3  0  0  0   0  0   0  .286
E Young lf              3  1  2  0   0  0   0  .667
K Mench rf              3  0  1  0   0  0   0  .125
R Nivar cf              3  0  1  1   0  1   1  .333
R Barajas c             3  0  0  0   0  0   1  .000
Totals                 30  1  5  1   1  7   4
BATTING: 2B - A Soriano (1, M Mulder). RBI - R Nivar (1). Runners left in
scoring position, 2 out - R Barajas 1, M Teixeira 2. Team LOB - 3.
BASERUNNING: SB - A Soriano (1, 2nd base off M Mulder/D Miller), R Nivar (1,
2nd base off M Mulder/D Miller). CS - E Young (1, 2nd base by M Mulder/D Miller),
R Nivar (1, 2nd base by M Mulder/D Miller).
FIELDING: E - A Soriano (2, ground ball). DP: 2 (H Blalock-A Soriano-M Teixeira,
M Young-A Soriano-M Teixeira).
OAKLAND                ab  r  h rbi bb so lob   avg
M Kotsay cf             4  0  1  0   0  0   0  .111
B Kielty lf             4  1  2  0   0  1   0  .500
E Chavez 3b             4  1  2  1   0  1   2  .429
J Dye rf                4  1  1  2   0  1   1  .429
E Durazo dh             3  0  0  0   0  2   0  .167
S Hatteberg 1b          3  0  0  0   0  1   0  .000
B Crosby ss             2  0  1  0   1  0   1  .167
D Miller c              3  0  0  0   0  1   2  .000
M Scutaro 2b            3  0  0  0   0  1   0  .167
Totals                 30  3  7  3   1  8   6
BATTING: 3B - B Kielty (1, C Park). HR - J Dye (1, 6th inning off C Park 1 on,
1 Out). RBI - E Chavez (1), J Dye 2 (4). Runners left in scoring position, 2 out -
E Chavez 1. GIDP - D Miller, E Chavez. Team LOB - 4.
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TEXAS           - 000 010 000   --   1
OAKLAND         - 000 003 00x   --   3
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TEXAS                        ip       h   r  er  bb  so  hr    era
C Park (L, 0-1)               7 2/3   7   3   3   1   8   1   3.52
C Almanzar                      1/3   0   0   0   0   0   0   0.00
OAKLAND                      ip       h   r  er  bb  so  hr    era
M Mulder (W, 1-0)             7       5   1   1   1   4   0   1.29
J Mecir (H, 1)                1       0   0   0   0   2   0   0.00
A Rhodes (S, 2)               1       0   0   0   0   1   0   0.00
Pitches-strikes: C Park 95-68; C Almanzar 4-3; M Mulder 95-63; J Mecir 13-10;
A Rhodes 14-10. Ground balls-fly balls: C Park 10-5; C Almanzar 0-1; M Mulder 9-6;
J Mecir 0-1; A Rhodes 1-1. Batters faced: C Park 30; C Almanzar 1; M Mulder 25;
J Mecir 3; A Rhodes 3.
UMPIRES: HP--Brian Runge. 1B--Kerwin Danley. 2B--Jim Reynolds. 3B--Dana Demuth.
T--2:05. Att--13,217.
Weather: 59 degrees, clear. Wind: 14 mph, out to center.

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