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G38: Rangers outhomered by Royals; lose 7-6

What’s that sound I hear? Is it the sound of visiting players hitting home runs out of the Ballpark? No, it’s the sound of half the Metroplex falling off the bandwagon. Uh-oh. We’ve lost 3 out of the last 4 – so it’s back to the old ways. Fair weather fans irritate me. If you’re going to get on the bandwagon, stay there, or don’t get on at all.

Having said that, last night’s loss was disappointing. We and RA Dickey were cruising through five innings up by a score of 5-0. Then we let it slip away with a couple of big home runs by Matt Stairs & Carlos Beltran. Mike Sweeney also added a solo shot, but the twin three run jacks did us in. We did get a solo home run by Herb Perry late, and actually had a shot at the end of the game, but it didn’t work out. Brian Jordan finally got an RBI as a Ranger, although his average is a totally anemic .100 or so.

RA Dickey struggled – he did put up some goose eggs in the first several frames, but none of them were particularly easy ones to get. I still get that gut feeling that he’ll pull it together. Perhaps he needs to wear the sleeveless uniform instead of the Kenny Rogers special he picked last night. ;)

Our game was a big contrast to the game of the night. Randy Johnson’s perfect game in Atlanta. As great as a perfect game is, and there’s no way one could get better (although striking out 27 guys might do it), one has to enjoy that it was against the Atlanta Braves. ;)

Brett Carre: Not a great way to start a home stand. We lost to the Royals 7-6 on Tuesday.

We had a 5-0 lead heading into the 5th but couldn’t hold it. RA Dickey is coming back down to reality as he gave up two 3-run shots before leaving in the middle of the 6th.

We really need to win these next two games. Chan Ho needs to make a statement tonight. Will he???

Line Score
AL  FINAL
1  2  3   4  5  6   7  8  9     R  H  E
-  -  -   -  -  -   -  -  -     -  -  -
KANSAS CITY         0  0  0   0  3  4   0  0  0     7 16  1
TEXAS               0  0  2   3  0  0   1  0  0     6  9  1      (FINAL)
BATTERIES: KAN - JEREMY AFFELDT, SCOTT SULLIVAN (5TH), JASON GRIMSLEY (7TH),
NATE FIELD (9TH) AND BENITO SANTIAGO
TEX - R.A. DICKEY, JAY POWELL (6TH), FRANK FRANCISCO
(8TH), FRANCISCO CORDERO (9TH) AND GERALD LAIRD
WP - SCOTT SULLIVAN (3-0)
LP - R.A. DICKEY (4-3)
SAVE - NATE FIELD (1)
HOME RUNS: KAN - MATT STAIRS (5) OFF R.A. DICKEY IN THE 5TH, 2 ON
CARLOS BELTRAN (11) OFF R.A. DICKEY IN THE 6TH, 2 ON
MIKE SWEENEY (5) OFF JAY POWELL IN THE 6TH, 0 ON
TEX - HERBERT PERRY (2) OFF SCOTT SULLIVAN IN THE 7TH, 0 ON
TIME: 3:07     ATT: 26,247
PROBABLES: KAN - JIMMY GOBBLE (1-2, 4.54)
TEX - CHAN HO PARK (2-3, 5.65)
Box Score
KANSAS CITY (7) VS TEXAS (6) - FINAL
KANSAS CITY            ab  r  h rbi bb so lob   avg
D Relaford 2b           4  0  1  0   0  0   2  .207
M Lopez pr-2b          2  1  0  0   0  0   2  .115
C Beltran cf            5  1  2  3   0  1   0  .293
M Sweeney dh            5  2  2  1   0  0   1  .272
J Gonzalez rf           3  1  2  0   2  0   0  .280
M Stairs lf             4  1  1  3   1  1   5  .278
J Randa 3b              4  0  1  0   0  1   1  .291
K Harvey 1b             5  0  1  0   0  1   4  .316
B Santiago c            5  0  3  0   0  0   1  .260
A Berroa ss             5  1  3  0   0  1   2  .214
Totals                 42  7 16  7   3  5  18
BATTING: 2B - B Santiago (6, R Dickey); A Berroa (4, R Dickey). HR - M Stairs (5,
5th inning off R Dickey 2 on, 2 Out), C Beltran (11, 6th inning off R Dickey 2 on,
1 Out), M Sweeney (5, 6th inning off J Powell 0 on, 1 Out). RBI - M Stairs 3 (16),
C Beltran 3 (31), M Sweeney (27). 2-out RBI - M Stairs 3. Runners left in scoring
position, 2 out - D Relaford 1, M Stairs 1, M Lopez 1, K Harvey 2. GIDP - M Lopez.
Team LOB - 12.
BASERUNNING: CS - A Berroa (1, 2nd base by J Powell/G Laird).
FIELDING: E - J Affeldt (2, bunt). PB - B Santiago. DP: 1 (J Randa-K Harvey).
TEXAS                  ab  r  h rbi bb so lob   avg
M Young ss              4  0  1  1   0  0   1  .357
H Blalock 3b            5  0  0  0   0  2   4  .288
A Soriano 2b            4  0  1  0   1  2   2  .306
H Perry dh              5  1  2  1   0  0   3  .286
M Teixeira 1b           2  1  1  0   1  0   0  .210
B Jordan rf             4  1  1  1   0  0   3  .103
E Young cf              3  2  1  1   1  0   2  .284
K Mench lf              4  1  2  1   0  2   0  .294
G Laird c               3  0  0  0   0  0   1  .302
Totals                 34  6  9  5   3  6  16
BATTING: 2B - B Jordan (3, J Affeldt); E Young (4, J Affeldt); K Mench (12,
J Affeldt). HR - H Perry (2, 7th inning off S Sullivan 0 on, 2 Out). S - G Laird.
SF - M Young. RBI - M Young (31), B Jordan (3), E Young (5), K Mench (19),
H Perry (10). 2-out RBI - H Perry. Runners left in scoring position, 2 out -
H Perry 1, A Soriano 1. GIDP - E Young. Team LOB - 7.
BASERUNNING: SB - M Teixeira (2, 2nd base off J Affeldt/B Santiago).
FIELDING: E - M Young (5, ground ball). DP: 1 (F Cordero-A Soriano-M Teixeira).
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KANSAS CITY     - 000 034 000   --   7
TEXAS           - 002 300 100   --   6
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KANSAS CITY                  ip       h   r  er  bb  so  hr    era
J Affeldt                     4       7   5   4   3   3   0   5.24
S Sullivan (W, 3-0)           2 2/3   1   1   1   0   2   1   4.15
J Grimsley (H, 4)             1 1/3   0   0   0   0   1   0   2.70
N Field (S, 1)                1       1   0   0   0   0   0   1.84
TEXAS                        ip       h   r  er  bb  so  hr    era
R Dickey (L, 4-3)             5 1/3  10   6   3   2   2   2   5.06
J Powell                      1 2/3   3   1   1   1   1   1   2.16
F Francisco                   1       2   0   0   0   1   0   6.75
F Cordero                     1       1   0   0   0   1   0   2.45
J Affeldt pitched to 2 batters in the 5th.
HBP - M Teixeira (by S Sullivan); J Randa (by F Francisco). Pitches-strikes:
J Affeldt 94-58; S Sullivan 28-17; J Grimsley 16-12; N Field 9-6; R Dickey 95-61;
J Powell 33-20; F Francisco 23-17; F Cordero 20-13. Ground balls-fly balls:
J Affeldt 4-6; S Sullivan 3-3; J Grimsley 3-0; N Field 0-3; R Dickey 11-3;
J Powell 1-2; F Francisco 0-2; F Cordero 2-0. Batters faced: J Affeldt 23;
S Sullivan 9; J Grimsley 4; N Field 4; R Dickey 29; J Powell 8; F Francisco 6;
F Cordero 3.
UMPIRES: HP--Ted Barrett. 1B--Alfonso Marquez. 2B--Rick Reed. 3B--Mike Fichter.
T--3:07. Att--26,247.
Weather: 83 degrees, clear. Wind: 20 mph, in from right.

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