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G23: Rangers beat Sox in first game of DH, 4-3

Due to the rainout, I had something I really enjoy – a doubleheader. I love these, although I have a complaint. I live in Garland. It normally takes me about 45-50 minutes to drive to the ballpark. Yesterday, I left at 2:30PM, and I didn’t get to the ballpark until about 4:40. Why? Because a tanker truck overturned, and I30 was closed in every direction. As if that wasn’t bad enough, I listened to about 4 or 5 traffic reports on KRLD. THERE WAS NO FRIGGIN MENTION OF THIS ON THE TRAFFIC REPORTS! I mean, what kind of traffic report doesn’t mention a the biggest traffic problem the city has seen in quite awhile? That seriously pissed me off. I had to go across Dallas, UP 35, over past Texas Stadium, and across whatever that highway is to 360 and down. What a mess.

Anyway, Game 1. Going into tonight, I figured with Pedro pitching game 2, that we had better get this guy. And through 6 innings, I have to say it felt like Pedro was pitching. Through six, we managed one run, and only a couple of hits. We had next to nothing against this guy. Ryan Drese through 6 only gave up 2 runs. However, he walked 5 (struck out 6, though), and was generally wild. It’s a testament to his improvement this year (plus our defense) that he gave up 5 walks, and 7 hits in 6 innings, and only two runs. He also stuck out Manny Ramirez three times, which was nice.

In the seventh, EY was hit (barely) by a pitch for a second time, which he wasn’t thrilled with, but it seemed the catalyst for the inning. Dellucci (who is batting very well lately) singled, as did Laird. This was followed by a sac fly and a double, putting three runs on the board. All of those against a Boston bullpen that hadn’t given up a run in something like 30+ innings.

We needed all of those, as Cordero had a shaky save in the ninth, but we did win the game. The sun even came out 3/4 of the way through the game, which was nice at the ballpark, as it started in a light rain/mist. By the time they started working on the field for the second game, there were blue skies.

Turns out the blue skies were an omen. ;)

Brett Carre: Well, I couldn’t watch this game because for some odd reason the people at my cable company didn’t put it on. However, I did hear parts on the radio and from what I heard it was a very entertaining game. We were down 2-1 when we broke through for 3 in the 7th off of the so called invincible Boston bullpen. Cordero came on in the 9th for his 8th save.

Wish I could have have seen it, but a nice win for the 1st place Texas Rangers.

Game 2 didn’t come on here either. By, now I was extremely pissed, but it was nice to listen to the radio guys for a change. We roughed up Pedro. He have up 6 runs in only 4 innings pitched. Everyone got into the act offensively. Hank went deep in the 1st to tie that game at 1 at we never looked back.

The 9th was a but of the problem. We had a 8-2 lead going into the 9th. Almanzar started the 9th and gave up a couple of hits and a run. He was pulled for Jay Powell who walked a batter and then struck out a man. Powell then faced Johnny Damon who doubled to score two runs to make it a 8-5 game. Buck pulled Powell and gave the ball to Coco. Coco got the final two outs for his 2nd save of the day and 9th of the year.

We are getting a lot of national attention now. Let’s keep it up!!

Line Score
AL  FINAL
1  2  3   4  5  6   7  8  9     R  H  E
-  -  -   -  -  -   -  -  -     -  -  -
BOSTON              0  0  0   2  0  0   0  0  1     3  9  0
TEXAS               0  0  0   0  1  0   3  0  x     4  6  0      (FINAL)
BATTERIES: BOS - BRONSON ARROYO, MARK MALASKA (7TH), SCOTT WILLIAMSON (7TH) AND
DOUG MIRABELLI
TEX - RYAN DRESE, ERASMO RAMIREZ (7TH), JEFF NELSON (8TH),
FRANCISCO CORDERO (9TH) AND GERALD LAIRD
WP - ERASMO RAMIREZ (1-1)
LP - MARK MALASKA (1-1)
SAVE - FRANCISCO CORDERO (8)
HOME RUNS: BOS - NONE
TEX - NONE
TIME: 2:51
Box Score
BOSTON (3) VS TEXAS (4) - FINAL (1ST GAME)
BOSTON                 ab  r  h rbi bb so lob   avg
J Damon cf              4  0  1  1   1  0   2  .263
B Mueller 3b            5  0  0  0   0  2   4  .253
D Ortiz dh              3  0  1  0   1  1   0  .302
M Ramirez lf            4  0  0  0   0  4   3  .371
B Daubach 1b            3  1  1  0   1  1   0  .286
K Millar rf             4  0  2  0   0  0   1  .232
M Bellhorn 2b           3  1  2  1   1  1   0  .215
D Mirabelli c           1  0  0  0   2  0   2  .429
a-D McCarty ph         1  1  1  0   0  0   0  .176
P Reese ss              3  0  1  1   0  0   2  .226
b-J Varitek ph         1  0  0  0   0  1   1  .288
Totals                 32  3  9  3   6 10  15
a-singled to left for D Mirabelli in the 9th;  b-struck out swinging for P
Reese in the 9th.
BATTING: 2B - M Bellhorn (3, R Drese); J Damon (6, F Cordero). RBI - M Bellhorn
(9), P Reese (8), J Damon (11). 2-out RBI - J Damon. Runners left in scoring
position, 2 out - B Mueller 2, M Ramirez 1. GIDP - D Mirabelli, P Reese, K
Millar. Team LOB - 8.
TEXAS                  ab  r  h rbi bb so lob   avg
M Young ss              4  0  0  1   0  2   2  .354
H Blalock 3b            2  0  0  1   1  0   3  .330
A Soriano 2b            4  0  1  1   0  0   1  .337
B Fullmer dh            4  0  1  0   0  1   1  .247
K Mench rf              4  0  1  0   0  1   2  .295
M Teixeira 1b           4  0  0  0   0  1   1  .242
E Young lf              2  2  0  0   0  2   0  .372
D Dellucci cf           3  1  2  0   0  0   0  .327
G Laird c               2  1  1  1   1  0   0  .352
Totals                 29  4  6  4   2  7  10
BATTING: 2B - A Soriano (6, S Williamson). SF - H Blalock. RBI - M Young (15),
G Laird (6), H Blalock (19), A Soriano (14). 2-out RBI - A Soriano. Runners
left in scoring position, 2 out - K Mench 1, H Blalock 2, B Fullmer 1. Team LOB
- 6.
FIELDING: Outfield assists - K Mench (K Millar at 2nd base). DP: 3 (A
Soriano-M Young-M Teixeira, M Young-A Soriano-M Teixeira 2).
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BOSTON          - 000 200 001   --   3
TEXAS           - 000 010 30x   --   4
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BOSTON                       ip       h   r  er  bb  so  hr    era
B Arroyo                      6       3   2   2   2   5   0   5.11
M Malaska (L, 1-1; H, 2)      0       1   1   1   0   0   0   1.35
S Williamson (B, 1)           2       2   1   1   0   2   0   0.77
TEXAS                        ip       h   r  er  bb  so  hr    era
R Drese                       6       7   2   2   5   6   0   2.91
E Ramirez (W, 1-1)            1       0   0   0   0   0   0   4.91
J Nelson (H, 7)               1       0   0   0   1   1   0   2.79
F Cordero (S, 8)              1       2   1   1   0   3   0   2.61
B Arroyo pitched to 1 batter in the 7th.
M Malaska pitched to 1 batter in the 7th.
HBP - E Young 2 (by B Arroyo 2). Pitches-strikes: B Arroyo 85-52; M Malaska
4-2; S Williamson 40-26; R Drese 118-78; E Ramirez 12-10; J Nelson 14-8; F
Cordero 23-15. Ground balls-fly balls: B Arroyo 8-5; M Malaska 0-0; S
Williamson 0-4; R Drese 8-3; E Ramirez 1-2; J Nelson 2-0; F Cordero 0-0.
Batters faced: B Arroyo 25; M Malaska 1; S Williamson 8; R Drese 27; E Ramirez
3; J Nelson 3; F Cordero 5.
UMPIRES: HP--Bruce Dreckman. 1B--Greg Gibson. 2B--Larry Poncino. 3B--Ramon
Armendariz.
T--2:51.
Weather: 54 degrees, overcast. Wind: 18 mph, out to right.