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ST24: Rangers lose to Mariners 10-9 on Monday

Well, it was a big Rangers TV night. There was a 2006 Season preview show, the regular half hour pregame show, and then the game was on TV. A good night for Rangers on the TV.
However, Edinson Volquez stunk up the joint in the first inning. He gave up a six spot there, and while that’s never good, he wasn’t really hit around hard. A few bloopers, a call on the field that didn’t go our way. I’m not trying to absolve hium, but it’s not like he was murdered either.
However, in the bottom of the first, Gil Meche walked the bases full, and had Laynce Nix down looking silly with some curveballs. He then inexplicably grooved Nix a fastball down the middle, and Nix wailed it for a grand slam, to make it 6-4 in the first inning. The game went on like that for awhile, back and forth (with more home runs by Dellucci, Mench, and another one from Nix) until the 8th when it was tied up 9-9. We then gave up a run in the 9th and couldn’t get a run across in the bottom of the ninth.
Was nice seeing all this offense – the key word being seeing – I liked seeing the Rangers on TV again. This is the last game I’ll see on TV though until Tuesday the 4th of April, as I’ll be at the Sat Apr 1 and Mon Apr 3 (Opening Day) games. :)


ST24: Mar 27, 2006 vs. Mariners (L: 10-9)
10-13-1 (.435) – 8th – 6 Dn – Streak L1
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Game Recap
SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) — Laynce Nix hit two homers, including a grand slam, and drove in seven runs for the Texas Rangers in a 10-9 loss to the Seattle Mariners on Monday night.
Nix, who came in batting only .190, also had a two-run double and finished 3-for-4. He had been limited most of the spring while working his way back from right shoulder surgery that ended his 2005 season after 63 games. He also had surgery on his left shoulder in the offseason.
This was Nix’s 12th “A” game of the spring, and fourth in center field.
“Laynce had a good night,” Texas manager Buck Showalter said. “He didn’t miss a fastball. He has come a long way from those two surgeries. He’s coming along quickly.”
The Mariners jumped on starter Edison Volquez for six runs in the first inning.
The Rangers fought back in the bottom half, cutting the score to 6-4 on Nix’s slam off Seattle’s No. 4 starter, Gil Meche.
“When you give up a six-run lead in the first inning, that’s atrocious,” Meche said. “I was looking for some pitches and I just couldn’t find them. After that first inning, I thought I settled down.”
Meche allowed five runs and four hits in five innings, including David Dellucci’s homer. He struck out four and walked three.
Volquez, a 22-year-old right-hander, entered the game competing for the No. 5 spot in the Rangers’ rotation after making the jump last season from Class-A to the big leagues.
Seattle got seven hits in the first inning, including two doubles. Volquez pitched two more innings, giving up only two walks.
“I was proud of the way he came back,” Showalter said. “He showed us some good things. He just had a few bumps in the road.”
Kevin Mench hit his seventh home run for the Rangers.
Notes
Texas released DH-1B Erubiel Durazo. He came to camp as a non-roster invitee with a contract that specified he would be given his release if he didn’t make the major league team by Wednesday. … Mariners OF Jeremy Reed had two tests in Seattle on his injured right wrist, and results will be evaluated Tuesday. Initial reports were a fracture after he ran into the outfield wall Thursday against the Diamondbacks. Reed was to fly back to Arizona on Monday night. … Rangers 3B Hank Blalock was scratched from the starting lineup with a sore back. … Rangers OF Brad Wilkerson said the inflammation in his right shoulder has calmed down since Saturday, when he got a cortisone injection, and he expects to be back in a game on Wednesday. “Last week I couldn’t sleep on it, it hurt so much,” he said. “It feels much better now. It’s good to know what it is.” … Seattle LHP Eddie Guardado pitched a scoreless inning in a Triple-A game against Milwaukee. … Mariners pitcher Felix Hernandez was scratched from his scheduled start Tuesday against the Chicago Cubs. The 19-year-old right-hander developed shin splints on Sunday, and the team said he’s skipping the start as a precaution.

Box Score

CAC  FINAL
1  2  3   4  5  6   7  8  9   R  H  E
-  -  -   -  -  -   -  -  -   -  -  -
SEATTLE              6  0  0   0  0  2   0  1  1  10 14  0
TEXAS                4  0  0   0  1  2   0  2  0   9  8  1   FINAL
WP - SEAN GREEN (1-1) LP - JOSE SILVA (0-1)
HOME RUNS: TEX - LAYNCE NIX (2) OFF GIL MECHE IN THE 1ST DAVID DELLUCCI (3) OFF GIL MECHE IN THE 5TH KEVIN MENCH (7) OFF JULIO MATEO IN THE 6TH LAYNCE NIX (3) OFF JULIO MATEO IN THE 6TH
TIME: 2:55 ATT: 6,515
SEATTLE (10) AT TEXAS (9)
SEATTLE AB R H BI TEXAS AB R H BI Y Betancourt ss 4 1 2 1 D Dellucci lf 4 1 1 1 A Cabrera ss 1 0 1 0 T Webster lf 1 0 0 0 J Lopez 2b 4 1 1 0 M Young ss 3 1 1 0 W Bloomquist 2b 1 0 1 1 D Meyer ss 1 0 0 0 R Ibanez lf 3 0 0 0 M Teixeira 1b 4 0 1 0 M Morse lf 2 0 0 0 J Santana pr 0 0 0 0 A Beltre 3b 2 1 1 1 P Nevin dh 1 1 0 0 C Ransom 3b 2 0 0 0 V Sinisi dh 2 1 0 0 C Everett dh 3 1 1 1 K Mench rf 3 2 2 1 G Dobbs dh 1 0 0 0 K Mahar cf 0 1 0 0 M Lawton rf 3 1 1 1 L Nix cf 4 2 3 7 J Morban rf 2 1 1 0 L Grayson lf 0 0 0 0 K Johjima c 2 1 1 1 M Derosa 3b 2 0 0 0 C Miller c 2 2 2 1 T Metcalf 3b 2 0 0 0 R Petagine 1b 4 1 2 3 R Barajas c 3 0 0 0 J Borchard cf 4 0 0 0 J Burke c 1 0 0 0 I Kinsler 2b 2 0 0 0 A Baldiris 2b 2 0 0 0 TOTALS 40 10 14 10 TOTALS 35 9 8 9
SEATTLE 600 002 011 -- 10 TEXAS 400 012 020 -- 9
E--J Burke. LOB--SEATTLE 7, TEXAS 4. 2B--R Petagine 2, M Lawton, C Miller, M Teixeira, L Nix. HR--L Nix 2 (3) (off G Meche, J Mateo), D Dellucci 1 (3) (off G Meche), K Mench 1 (7) (off J Mateo). SB--J Lopez 1 (2), J Morban 1 (1). CS--A Cabrera.
IP H R ER BB SO HR SEATTLE G Meche 5 4 5 5 3 4 2 J Mateo 1 2 2 2 0 0 2 E Fruto 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 S Green (W,1-1) 2 2 2 2 2 2 0 TEXAS E Volquez 3 7 6 6 2 2 0 S Rowe 1 1-3 0 0 0 0 1 0 A Otsuka 2-3 0 0 0 0 2 0 J Benoit 1 2 2 2 1 1 0 B Shouse 1 0 0 0 1 1 0 J Silva (L,0-1) 2 5 2 2 0 1 0
SO--SEA: J Borchard 3, M Lawton 2, C Everett, J Morban, Y Betancourt. TEX: M Teixeira 3, P Nevin, L Nix, T Webster, T Metcalf. BB--SEA: A Beltre, G Dobbs, K Johjima, R Petagine. TEX: M Young, P Nevin, K Mench, M Teixeira, V Sinisi. T--2:55. A--6,515.

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