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G30: Rangers outlast Tigers, 16-15

I was watching this game, and like most people I was disappointed when RA Dickey didn’t look as awesome has he had been this season so far. Little did I know that his poor performance would be a trend to follow. Orel Hershisher got ejected during a mound visit, which was strange. It didn’t galvanize the pitchers as we gave up a bazillion runs after that.

After the top of the fifth inning, when we had given up 8 runs, I did what I normally do when I’m disgusted watching a game. I gave up. But for me, that doesn’t mean not paying attention anymore. I just stopped watching TV, and switched to listening to the radio, and went in the computer room to do some other things at the same time. However, after a few runs scored, I came back (I think after Perry’s HR). There was a lot written about this game, and a lot better than I could (especially as it’s 1:15AM and I’m tired).

My wife and I were at Ameriquest Field The Ballpark in Arlington a couple of years ago for that really wild 17-16 comeback win. I thought I had seen my best game as a Ranger fan then. I’d say this one topped it. I’m not gonna try and make it sound good with some cliched writing. Just read the stories and the game logs and all that below. I’ll just leave my commentary with a few stats:

31 Runs
32 Hits
14 Pitchers (7 in the 5th inning)
21 Walks (15 by Tigers)
3 Home Runs
100 Pitches in the 5th Inning
1 Hour 8 minutes for 8th Inning
1 Pitching Coach ejected

Line Score
AL  FINAL 10
1  2  3   4  5  6   7  8  9
-  -  -   -  -  -   -  -  -
DETROIT             0  2  1   3  8  1   0  0  0
TEXAS               0  4  0   0 10  0   1  0  0
10                               R  H  E
--                               -  -  -
DETROIT             0                              15 16  3
TEXAS               1                              16 16  0         (FINAL 10)
BATTERIES: DET - MIKE MAROTH, DANNY PATTERSON (5TH), ALAN LEVINE (5TH), CRAIG
DINGMAN (5TH), ESTEBAN YAN (6TH), JAMIE WALKER (8TH), UGUETH
URBINA (10TH) AND IVAN RODRIGUEZ
TEX - R.A. DICKEY, DOUG BROCAIL (4TH), RON MAHAY (5TH),
JAY POWELL (5TH), ERASMO RAMIREZ (7TH), CARLOS ALMANZAR (8TH),
FRANCISCO CORDERO (10TH) AND GERALD LAIRD
WP - FRANCISCO CORDERO (1-0)
LP - UGUETH URBINA (1-1)
SAVE - NONE
HOME RUNS: DET - BOBBY HIGGINSON (2) OFF R.A. DICKEY IN THE 2ND, 1 ON
TEX - HANK BLALOCK (6) OFF MIKE MAROTH IN THE 5TH, 1 ON
HERBERT PERRY (1) OFF MIKE MAROTH IN THE 5TH, 1 ON
TIME: 3:59     ATT: 45,017
PROBABLES: DET - NATE ROBERTSON (1-2, 6.52)
TEX - KENNY ROGERS (4-1, 3.32)
Box Score
DETROIT (15) VS TEXAS (16) - FINAL IN 10 INNINGS
DETROIT                ab  r  h rbi bb so lob   avg
A Sanchez cf            5  2  3  3   0  1   1  .313
F Vina 2b               5  1  1  1   0  0   3  .239
I Rodriguez c           6  1  3  3   0  1   1  .360
R White dh              6  0  0  0   0  1   7  .309
C Pena 1b               5  1  1  2   1  1   1  .240
C Guillen ss            5  2  1  1   1  0   1  .314
B Higginson rf          4  3  2  2   2  1   0  .259
C Monroe lf             6  2  3  2   0  1   2  .237
O Infante 3b            3  3  2  1   2  1   1  .308
Totals                 45 15 16 15   6  7  17
BATTING: 2B - C Monroe (4, R Dickey); A Sanchez (3, R Dickey); O Infante (2, C
Almanzar). HR - B Higginson (2, 2nd inning off R Dickey 1 on, 2 Out). S - A
Sanchez. RBI - B Higginson 2 (23), F Vina (7), O Infante (2), A Sanchez 3 (11),
I Rodriguez 3 (26), C Monroe 2 (8), C Pena 2 (21), C Guillen (21). 2-out RBI -
B Higginson 2, I Rodriguez 2. Runners left in scoring position, 2 out - O
Infante 1, C Monroe 1, F Vina 1, R White 2. Team LOB - 8.
BASERUNNING: SB - I Rodriguez (3, 2nd base off J Powell/G Laird).
FIELDING: E - C Guillen (3, throw); A Sanchez 2 (4, bobble, throw). Outfield
assists - B Higginson (H Blalock at Home). DP: 2 (O Infante-F Vina-C Pena, O
Infante-C Pena).
TEXAS                  ab  r  h rbi bb so lob   avg
M Young ss              7  2  3  3   0  2   3  .376
H Blalock 3b            4  3  2  2   2  0   0  .331
A Soriano 2b            6  1  6  4   0  0   1  .336
H Perry dh              5  1  3  3   1  0   1  .298
M Teixeira 1b           2  2  0  0   4  1   3  .226
B Jordan rf             3  1  0  0   1  0   5  .087
b-L Nix ph-cf          2  0  0  0   0  1   4  .333
E Young lf              3  2  0  0   3  0   3  .340
K Mench cf              1  1  0  0   1  0   0  .315
a-D Dellucci ph-cf-rf  3  1  1  2   0  2   1  .325
G Laird c               3  2  1  1   2  0   0  .319
c-B Fullmer ph         0  0  0  0   1  0   0  .239
Totals                 39 16 16 15  15  6  21
a-singled to right for K Mench in the 5th;  b-struck out looking for B Jordan
in the 7th;  c-intentionally walked for G Laird in the 10th.
BATTING: 2B - A Soriano 2 (9, E Yan, M Maroth). 3B - H Blalock (2, E Yan). HR -
H Blalock (6, 5th inning off M Maroth 1 on, 0 Out), H Perry (1, 5th inning off
M Maroth 1 on, 0 Out). S - D Dellucci. RBI - M Young 3 (26), A Soriano 4 (23),
H Blalock 2 (23), H Perry 3 (9), D Dellucci 2 (16), G Laird (10). 2-out RBI - M
Young 2, A Soriano. Runners left in scoring position, 2 out - E Young 1, L Nix
1. GIDP - B Jordan 2. Team LOB - 11.
BASERUNNING: Picked Off - E Young (1st base, I Rodriguez).
FIELDING: PB - G Laird.
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DETROIT         - 021 3  81 000 0  --  15
TEXAS           - 040 0 100 100 1  --  16
One out when winning run scored.
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DETROIT                      ip       h   r  er  bb  so  hr    era
M Maroth                      4       7   9   8   6   0   2   5.57
D Patterson                   0       0   2   2   2   0   0   6.14
A Levine                        1/3   4   3   3   1   1   0   7.80
C Dingman                     1 1/3   0   0   0   3   1   0   0.00
E Yan (B, 2)                  1 1/3   2   1   1   1   1   0   5.31
J Walker                      2       2   0   0   0   3   0   1.35
U Urbina (L, 1-1)               1/3   1   1   1   2   0   0   2.89
TEXAS                        ip       h   r  er  bb  so  hr    era
R Dickey                      3 2/3   9   6   6   1   2   1   4.58
D Brocail                       1/3   1   5   5   4   0   0  21.00
R Mahay                         2/3   4   3   3   0   1   0   5.91
J Powell                      1 1/3   1   1   1   1   0   0   2.19
E Ramirez                     1       0   0   0   0   1   0   5.06
C Almanzar                    2       1   0   0   0   1   0   3.78
F Cordero (W, 1-0)            1       0   0   0   0   2   0   2.19
D Brocail pitched to 5 batters in the 5th.
M Maroth pitched to 5 batters in the 5th.
D Patterson pitched to 2 batters in the 5th.
WP - M Maroth 2, D Patterson. IBB - B Fullmer (by U Urbina). HBP - F Vina (by
R Mahay). Pitches-strikes: M Maroth 81-41; D Patterson 9-1; A Levine 18-12; C
Dingman 26-10; E Yan 21-12; J Walker 27-15; U Urbina 12-4; R Dickey 74-44; D
Brocail 27-11; R Mahay 27-20; J Powell 16-8; E Ramirez 14-11; C Almanzar 23-16;
F Cordero 16-10. Ground balls-fly balls: M Maroth 7-4; D Patterson 0-0; A
Levine 0-0; C Dingman 2-0; E Yan 3-0; J Walker 1-2; U Urbina 1-0; R Dickey 2-7;
D Brocail 1-0; R Mahay 1-0; J Powell 2-2; E Ramirez 0-2; C Almanzar 2-3; F
Cordero 1-0. Batters faced: M Maroth 23; D Patterson 2; A Levine 6; C Dingman
5; E Yan 7; J Walker 8; U Urbina 4; R Dickey 21; D Brocail 6; R Mahay 7; J
Powell 6; E Ramirez 3; C Almanzar 7; F Cordero 3.
UMPIRES: HP--Matt Hollowell. 1B--John Hirschbeck. 2B--Wally Bell. 3B--Laz
Diaz.
T--3:59. Att--45,017.
Weather: 70 degrees, overcast. Wind: 15 mph,
swirling.