G103: Rangers beat Jays 3-2 to take fourth in a row

Saturday afternoons are my time to be with my daughter, as my wife works on Saturdays, so I don’t always get time to pay attention to afternoon games on Saturday now. :) I did unfortunately get to see the collision that Gary Matthews had at first base. It looked pretty ugly. I really hope he’s not down for any amount of time. Sunday’s fine, but much past that and we’ll have a problem. If that happens, we might have to bring up Botts to actually play something. :) Seriously, I hope Gary’s OK, and he can continue, as he’s had an incredible road trip (going 2-3 today before having to come out).
This was a pretty well pitched game. Jack Benoit went for us, and the Jays sent up Dustin McGowan, who was making his major league debut. The kid did pretty well, going 5 innings, giving up just one run on 2 hits. Not bad at all for a kid who had never pitched above AA. Jack Benoit did pretty much the same, going 5.2 IP, giving up 2 runs (1 earned). Gryboski, Shouse, Loe, & Cordero kept the Jays off the board, after they went up 2-0 in the first inning.
In fact, scoring was pretty sporadic. Jays scored twice in the bottom of the first, then we got one in the second, and two in the sixth. But I’m not going to complain. We’ve won 4 in a row now, and pulled back to 6.5 games of first place, and 4 games in the wild card, so we’re kind of in it there.
I say “Pbbbbbbbt” to all of you who were proclaiming the season dead and gone a week ago. Sure, it could still be, but I refuse to believe it’s over until it’s over.
Finally, Phil Nevin didn’t play this game, but he was in uniform in the dugout. Since he’ll be here for a year and a half, let’s hope he contributes more from his roster slot than the man we sent away for him did.
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