G64: Rangers beat Fish, 8-1

The pitching carousel is swinging again – this time stopping on John Wasdin, with Erasmo Ramirez getting off and sitting on the AAA bench. And it looked like Carlos Almanzar might have to do the same thing, as he did his “stick my hand up after a ball hit up the middle” move again, and had to come out of the game. This is probably one of the biggest uses of the DL I can remember in years. It might not be numbers wise, but it sure feels like it.
Given the way the last few games have gone, as we got to the 6th inning with a lead of only 2-0, you expected them to blow it. But we didn’t. Wasdin was quite good, and probably will get another start because of this performance. Almanzar, Francisco, & Mahay combined to throw two shutout innings in relief to seal the game.
Offensively, it was nice to see Fullmer in there doing well, as is bat has been hot lately. Defensively, we turned four double plays (including one to end the game) – something that’s always nice to see. Soriano had a great leaping snare of a line drive late in the game, too.
This was a well played game, and it reminded me a lot of the way we were playing in April.