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G45: Rangers shut out by Loaiza & ChiSox, 4-0

Well, what more can you say about this one? Esteban Loaiza shut us down – almost totally. We lost the game 4-0, and only had three hits the whole night. This was the first time we were shut out during the regular season in 2004.
Loaiza’s line reads 8IP, 2H, 0R, 2BB, 9K. Not bad for a journeyman. He was on his shit last night, and I don’t really know why he didn’t come back out for the ninth.
Chicago reliever Takatsu (Mr. Zero) gave up a leadoff hit to Mike Young in the 9th, but that was it. We had nothing the whole game.
Speaking of nothing, Benoit again showed his maddening inconsistency. He gave up 4 runs on 6 hits in his 4 innings, and showed why we keep teetering on and off his bandwagon. On the other hand, Ron Mahay & Jay Powell pitched great – giving up donut in their 4 innings combined. Only a single hit given up by them and 4 punchouts.
Thursday is the rubber game – we’ll see how that goes.