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G67: Rangers drop finale of Nats series Sunday afternoon, 8-2

The Father’s Day stuff continued with me on Sunday. After attending the game on Saturday night, I spent a nice day with my wife and my daughter. We went out to the big mall in Frisco to a place called Build a Bear. I made a big polar bear for Samantha to have, and then Lynn and I went out for something to eat afterwards. The reason I mention this is that we left the house at 1PM, right when the Rangers game is on. We live in South Garland, so it took us a little while to drive all the way out to Frisco where the RoughRiders play. Listened to the game till I got out of the truck. When I left the truck, it was 2-0. When I got back in the truck after walking around the mall for awhile, it was 8-1.
I missed just about everything that happened in this game, so I don’t have a lot of insight into it. From what I can read it appears that CJ Wilson did pretty good. His line isn’t all that great (3.2 IP, 3ER, 2K, 0BB), but it would appear they weren’t hitting him hard. It could have quite easily been 0ER from what I can gather, so I suspect he’ll get another shot at it. The only real star for us offensively was Alfonso Soriano, who was 3 for 4. That was odd, as he has no runs scored, and no RBI’s so while he did go 3 for 4, it wasn’t terribly productive. The team as a whole outside of Sori only had 4 hits total for the game.
Doug Brocail didn’t give up much of anything in his 3.1IP of relief. In fact, he had 6 strikeouts, no walks, and just one hit. A really good performance, but I personally don’t have a lot of confidence in him. I hope to be proven wrong, though. Jason Standridge pitched for Texas, and didn’t fare too well. He gave up 4 hits and 3ER plus a walk in his two thirds of an inning pitched, giving him one of those goofy ERA’s of 40.50. Cordero game on for an inning of work. Usually that means he’ll give up two or three runs, but he went 1-2-3, which was unusual for him in those circumstances.
Esteban Loaiza was supposed to start this game for the Nationals, but he was scratched. Spot starter Sun Woo Kim started in his place, which meant we weren’t going to do good at all. Of the spot starters we faced this year, they’ve dominated us. I hate facing those guys, we never seem to do much of anything against guys who weren’t supposed to start that day.
On to Anaheim. I know it’s not make or break, but I have to imagine losing 2 or getting swept out there won’t be good. Need to win 2 out of 3 out there, and then most of next week’s games back here.
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