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G9: Rangers lose to A’s 9-4. Fans get tacos, though.

Well, we all knew the wonderful pitching performances of the first four games wouldn’t last. Last night Mickey Callaway gave up a bunch, and tonight, R.A. Dickey did the same. After Dickey came out, Ryan Drese pitched. And pitched very well, surprisingly. I’ve definitely NOT been a Drese fan since he came here, but this was his best performance in a Ranger uniform. Keeping with the 2004 staff pitching patterns, he’ll stink up the joint in his next outing. :)

Jermaine Dye definitely seems to be back – he had two home runs last night, and that already gives him more than he had all of last season. I had to make a quick run of my fantasy baseball leagues and pick him up. He seems too hot to let sit on the unclaimed pile in my leagues. :)

I don’t remember much about the game, as I fell asleep on the couch – I didn’t get home till late, and I didn’t start watching the game till like 10:45PM or something like that. Some of my scorecard data might not be totally accurate because of that. :)

It was nice to see Alfonso Soriano get his first home run as a Ranger though. Took awhile. Hopefully more will start to flow. In my PC computer game (MVP Baseball 2004), Soriano batted .340, had 53 home runs, and about 145 RBI’s, and was MVP of the league. ;)

Line Score
AL  FINAL
1  2  3   4  5  6   7  8  9     R  H  E
-  -  -   -  -  -   -  -  -     -  -  -
OAKLAND             0  1  5   0  3  0   0  0  0     9 11  0
TEXAS               0  0  0   1  2  0   0  1  0     4 12  0      (FINAL)
BATTERIES: OAK - MARK REDMAN, CHAD HARVILLE (7TH), RICARDO RINCON (9TH) AND
ADAM MELHUSE
TEX - R.A. DICKEY, RYAN DRESE (5TH) AND GERALD LAIRD
WP - MARK REDMAN (1-0)
LP - R.A. DICKEY (1-1)
SAVE - NONE
HOME RUNS: OAK - JERMAINE DYE (4) OFF R.A. DICKEY IN THE 2ND, 0 ON
JERMAINE DYE (5) OFF R.A. DICKEY IN THE 3RD, 2 ON
BOBBY CROSBY (1) OFF R.A. DICKEY IN THE 5TH, 2 ON
TEX - ALFONSO SORIANO (1) OFF MARK REDMAN IN THE 5TH, 1 ON
TIME: 2:38     ATT: 24,093
PROBABLES: OAK - RICH HARDEN (NR)
TEX - KENNY ROGERS (1-0, 6.23)
Box Score
OAKLAND (9) VS TEXAS (4) - FINAL
OAKLAND                ab  r  h rbi bb so lob   avg
M Kotsay cf             4  1  2  0   1  0   1  .345
B Kielty lf             4  1  0  0   1  1   3  .290
E Chavez 3b             4  1  1  2   0  0   0  .333
J Dye rf                4  2  2  4   0  1   0  .344
E Durazo dh             4  1  1  0   0  1   0  .304
S Hatteberg 1b          4  1  1  0   0  1   0  .250
B Crosby ss             3  1  2  3   1  0   0  .222
A Melhuse c             4  0  0  0   0  1   2  .000
M Scutaro 2b            4  1  2  0   0  0   0  .321
Totals                 35  9 11  9   3  5   6
BATTING: 2B - E Durazo (1, R Dickey). HR - J Dye 2 (5, 2nd inning off R Dickey
0 on, 0 Out, 3rd inning off R Dickey 2 on, 0 Out), B Crosby (1, 5th inning off
R Dickey 2 on, 2 Out). RBI - J Dye 4 (12), E Chavez 2 (5), B Crosby 3 (6).
2-out RBI - B Crosby 3. GIDP - B Kielty. Team LOB - 2.
BASERUNNING: CS - M Kotsay (1, 2nd base by R Drese/G Laird). Picked Off - M Kotsay
(1st base by R Dickey).
TEXAS                  ab  r  h rbi bb so lob   avg
M Young ss              4  1  2  0   1  0   0  .375
H Blalock 3b            5  0  1  0   0  0   2  .368
A Soriano 2b            5  1  2  2   0  1   2  .342
H Perry 1b              5  1  2  0   0  1   3  .267
K Mench rf              5  0  0  0   0  2   3  .282
B Fullmer dh            4  1  2  0   0  0   0  .333
E Young lf              3  0  2  1   1  0   0  .471
G Laird c               2  0  1  1   1  0   2  .360
R Nivar cf              4  0  0  0   0  1   4  .250
Totals                 37  4 12  4   3  5  16
BATTING: 2B - E Young (2, M Redman); H Blalock (3, M Redman); B Fullmer 2 (5,
M Redman, C Harville); G Laird (3, M Redman). HR - A Soriano (1, 5th inning off
M Redman 1 on, 1 Out). SF - G Laird. RBI - G Laird (3), A Soriano 2 (3), E Young
(2). Runners left in scoring position, 2 out - K Mench 1, H Perry 2, G Laird 1,
R Nivar 2. Team LOB - 10.
BASERUNNING: SB - M Young (2, 2nd base off M Redman/A Melhuse). CS - E Young (2,
2nd base by M Redman).
FIELDING: DP: 2 (G Laird-M Young, R Drese-M Young-H Perry).
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OAKLAND         - 015 030 000   --   9
TEXAS           - 000 120 010   --   4
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OAKLAND                      ip       h   r  er  bb  so  hr    era
M Redman (W, 1-0)             6       8   3   3   2   4   1   3.75
C Harville                    2       2   1   1   1   0   0   3.37
R Rincon                      1       2   0   0   0   1   0   9.00
TEXAS                        ip       h   r  er  bb  so  hr    era
R Dickey (L, 1-1)             4 2/3   9   9   9   3   1   3   6.94
R Drese                       4 1/3   2   0   0   0   4   0   0.00
Pitches-strikes: M Redman 107-63; C Harville 26-19; R Rincon 22-14; R Dickey 96-53;
R Drese 44-29. Ground balls-fly balls: M Redman 5-8; C Harville 4-2; R Rincon 1-1;
R Dickey 6-6; R Drese 7-1. Batters faced: M Redman 27; C Harville 9; R Rincon 5;
R Dickey 25; R Drese 13.
UMPIRES: HP--Chris Guccione. 1B--Ron Kulpa. 2B--Brian Gorman. 3B--Bill Miller.
T--2:38. Att--24,093.
Weather: 67 degrees, clear. Wind: 17 mph, in from right.