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G3: Rangers beat Barry Zito, 2-1

Whoa. We beat Barry Zito. That’s never happened before – ever. I’ll have more to say about the game tomorrow. I will say this now. We’ve played three games. Alfonso Soriano has had an error in all three (although the one in game 2 he didn’t deserve).

After thinking about it overnight, all I can think of to say about the game is damn – we had some great pitching, and against Barry Zito. Wow. So far the pitching has been great in the first three games – something I did NOT expect to happen at all. A nice opening series, even though we lost 2 of 3.

Line Score
AL  FINAL
1  2  3   4  5  6   7  8  9     R  H  E
-  -  -   -  -  -   -  -  -     -  -  -
TEXAS               0  1  0   1  0  0   0  0  0     2  7  1
OAKLAND             0  0  0   0  0  1   0  0  0     1  5  0      (FINAL)
BATTERIES: TEX - COLBY LEWIS, JAY POWELL (6TH), ERASMO RAMIREZ (7TH), FRANCISCO
CORDERO (8TH) AND GERALD LAIRD
OAK - BARRY ZITO, CHAD BRADFORD (9TH) AND DAMIAN MILLER
WP - COLBY LEWIS (1-0)
LP - BARRY ZITO (0-1)
SAVE - FRANCISCO CORDERO (1)
HOME RUNS: TEX - NONE
OAK - JERMAINE DYE (2) OFF COLBY LEWIS IN THE 6TH, 0 ON
TIME: 2:31     ATT: 20,232
PROBABLES: ANA - RAMON ORTIZ (NR)
TEX - R.A. DICKEY (NR)
PROBABLES: SEA - RYAN FRANKLIN (NR)
OAK - MARK REDMAN (NR)
Box Score
TEXAS (2) VS OAKLAND (1) - FINAL
TEXAS                  ab  r  h rbi bb so lob   avg
M Young ss              3  0  0  0   1  1   1  .167
H Blalock 3b            4  0  0  0   0  1   1  .083
A Soriano 2b            4  0  0  0   0  0   1  .200
H Perry dh              2  1  1  0   2  0   0  .667
M Teixeira 1b           3  1  2  0   1  0   1  .273
E Young lf              4  0  2  1   0  0   3  .571
L Nix rf               0  0  0  0   0  0   0  .500
K Mench rf-lf           3  0  1  1   0  0   3  .182
R Nivar cf              3  0  0  0   0  2   3  .167
G Laird c               4  0  1  0   0  1   3  .286
Totals                 30  2  7  2   4  5  16
BATTING: S - R Nivar. SF - K Mench. RBI - K Mench (1), E Young (1). Runners
left in scoring position, 2 out - E Young 1, A Soriano 1, M Young 1, G Laird 1.
GIDP - H Blalock, E Young. Team LOB - 7.
FIELDING: E - A Soriano (3, pop up). DP: 1 (A Soriano-M Young-M Teixeira).
OAKLAND                ab  r  h rbi bb so lob   avg
M Kotsay cf             3  0  1  0   1  1   0  .167
B Kielty lf             4  0  0  0   0  1   2  .333
E Chavez 3b             4  0  1  0   0  1   1  .364
J Dye rf                4  1  1  1   0  1   2  .364
E Durazo dh             3  0  1  0   1  1   0  .222
S Hatteberg 1b          3  0  1  0   1  0   1  .167
B Crosby ss             3  0  0  0   1  2   2  .111
D Miller c              3  0  0  0   0  0   4  .000
a-B McMillon ph        1  0  0  0   0  0   1  .000
M Scutaro 2b            3  0  0  0   0  1   2  .111
b-E Karros ph          1  0  0  0   0  0   1  .250
Totals                 32  1  5  1   4  8  16
a-flied out to left for D Miller in the 9th;  b-flied out to left for M Scutaro
in the 9th.
BATTING: HR - J Dye (2, 6th inning off C Lewis 0 on, 1 Out). RBI - J Dye (5).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out - M Scutaro 1, D Miller 1, E Karros 1.
GIDP - S Hatteberg. Team LOB - 8.
FIELDING: DP: 2 (M Scutaro-B Crosby-S Hatteberg, B Crosby-M Scutaro-S
Hatteberg).
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TEXAS           - 010 100 000   --   2
OAKLAND         - 000 001 000   --   1
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TEXAS                        ip       h   r  er  bb  so  hr    era
C Lewis (W, 1-0)              5 1/3   5   1   1   4   5   1   1.69
J Powell (H, 1)               1       0   0   0   0   2   0   0.00
E Ramirez (H, 1)              1       0   0   0   0   0   0   0.00
F Cordero (S, 1)              1 2/3   0   0   0   0   1   0   0.00
OAKLAND                      ip       h   r  er  bb  so  hr    era
B Zito (L, 0-1)               8       7   2   2   4   5   0   2.25
C Bradford                    1       0   0   0   0   0   0   0.00
Pitches-strikes: C Lewis 105-65; J Powell 12-7; E Ramirez 12-6; F Cordero
27-17; B Zito 108-69; C Bradford 6-6. Ground balls-fly balls: C Lewis 4-7; J
Powell 1-0; E Ramirez 1-2; F Cordero 1-3; B Zito 8-11; C Bradford 1-2. Batters
faced: C Lewis 24; J Powell 3; E Ramirez 3; F Cordero 6; B Zito 33; C Bradford
3.
UMPIRES: HP--Kerwin Danley. 1B--Mike Winters. 2B--Dana Demuth. 3B--Brian
Runge.
T--2:31. Att--20,232.
Weather: 57 degrees, sunny. Wind: 7 mph, out to
right.

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