G102: Rangers beat Blue Jays 4-1

Since this game started at 6PM, I was driving home listening to the start of the game. When Eric Nadel said that Chan Ho Park was a last second scratch, I figured he was going back on the DL or something. It would be par for his tenure in Arlington. Then when I got home, and listened to the start of the TV coverage, they mentioned “possible transaction”, and boy did my ears perk up. Never did I expect that the move we’d make at the trading deadline would be to move Park. I figured maybe Soriano, maybe Hidalgo. But not Park. I was so overwhelmed by that possible move, I wasn’t paying much attention to the actual game, just thoughts of no more Park in my head. In fact, after it was announced that it was to the Padres for Phil Nevin, I really didn’t concentrate very much on the game at all, I was more interested in finding out details on the Park trade.
However, we did get pretty decent pitching for Wasdin, who had to make a last second start. He went 4.2IP giving up just one run. Brocal, Gryboski, & Cordero went 4.1 IP between them giving up no runs on just 2 hits (both Gryboski).
Offensively, Gary Matthews continued is torrid pace by leading off the game with a home run. He didn’t get anything else this evening, but his leadoff HR kind of set the tone. Mark DeRosa also had a decent night, singling in Mench, and scoring later on a Mike Young single. No one really dominated offensively, it was fairly spread out.
Nice to take the first game in the series, and even nicer we won’t have to see Chan Ho Park in a Rangers uniform anymore.
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