G22: Rangers win big on Wed, 8-2

This game felt like the Rangers’ game almost from the start. Rogers shut down the M’s in the top of the first, and then we were up 3-0 after the third batter on a Mike Young 3 run home run. Kind of never looked back. We put up a five spot in the bottom of the first, and cruised. Richard Hidalgo provided the other 2 first inning RBI’s with a single up the middle. His slump is starting to be disturbing. We picked up a few more runs in the fifth inning on a Mench single, and a Nix single. Nix also added an upper tank home run in the 7th for our 8th and final run. Offensively it seemed to flow pretty well, what with 11 hits overall. Not an insane number of hits, but they were properly put together for best use. :)
Pitching wise, Kenny Rogers finally got some run support, and got his first win of the season on April 27th. CoCo came in to get an inning of work in the 9th, but gave up the two runs. That wasn’t pleasant. Shouse and Regilio were in between them, and gave up nothing in their innings. In fact, outside of CoCo, we gave up just three hits in 8 innings and no runs – an extremely well pitched game (CoCo had 3 hits and 2 runs in his one inning).
But the best moment for me of the night was the Philly Phanatic. I grew up in Philly, and like Kevin Mench, I know the greatness that is the Phanatic. I loved the top of the 5th so much with Josh & Tom that I dumped that to DVD so I could watch it later. I really enjoyed him hamming it up with Rangers Captain (who takes a bum rap from a lot of fans around these parts). I would have loved the night even if the Rangers lost 8-2 because of the Phanatic!
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