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ST29: Rangers win Spring Finale, 6-4

Well, it’s almost 2AM, and I had intended on writing a bunch about my first trip to the Ballpark tonight. However, there was so much roster movement to take care of I don’t know how well I’ll be able to write. I’ll save my writing about what’s changed at the ballpark for Opening Day, which I almost never write about the actual game in my report. I will say this. I’m curious how they got an actual Lexus car up into the 200 level. If you come up the escalator on the third base side of the park, you’ll see what I mean.
The way this game started out, it felt like we were going to have to invoke the World Baseball Classic’s mercy rule. We were up 3-0 after three batters, and after a few more, we had three home runs in the first inning to go up 5-0. Brad Wilkerson added a solo home run in the second (his second of the game) to put us up 6-0, and life was good. However, R.A. Dickey then gave up a grand slam to Miguel Cabrera in the third, and we were back to a ballgame. However, that’s where the scoring stopped. The final score was reached in the top of the third.
Actually, Dickey wasn’t all that bad except for the slam. He struck out the side in the first inning, and looked as dominating as a knuckleballer can look – can a knuckleball pitcher be “dominating” anyway? The rest of the game was filled with a bunch of players that we’ll likely never see again. I did manage to keep up with all the changes on my Palm scoring program, which was unusual, I usually fall behind when scoring a spring training game in person, since I can’t pause it to catch up like I can at home. :)
It was nice to see a game again at the park. That’s it, game on. Bring on Monday afternoon!


ST29: Apr 1, 2006 vs. Marlins (W: 6-4)
12-16-1 (.429) – 10th – 5.5 Dn – Streak W2
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Box Score

GPFT  FINAL
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E - - - - - - - - - - - - FLORIDA 0 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 9 2 TEXAS 5 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 x 6 7 0 FINAL
WP - R.A. DICKEY (1-0) LP - JASON VARGAS (2-1)
HOME RUNS: FLA - MIGUEL CABRERA (3) OFF R.A. DICKEY IN THE 2ND TEX - BRAD WILKERSON (2) OFF JASON VARGAS IN THE 1ST MARK TEIXEIRA (2) OFF JASON VARGAS IN THE 1ST MARK DEROSA (1) OFF JASON VARGAS IN THE 1ST BRAD WILKERSON (3) OFF JASON VARGAS IN THE 2ND
TIME: 2:30 ATT: 24,717
FLORIDA (4) AT TEXAS (6)
FLORIDA AB R H BI TEXAS AB R H BI H Ramirez ss 2 1 1 0 B Wilkerson cf 3 2 2 2 A Amezaga ph 0 0 0 0 A Hyzdu rf 0 0 0 0 J Hermida rf 4 1 0 0 M Young ss 3 1 1 0 M Cabrera 3b 2 1 1 4 A Brown lf 0 0 0 0 W Helms 3b 1 0 0 0 M Teixeira 1b 4 1 1 2 M Jacobs 1b 3 0 2 0 P Nevin dh 3 1 1 0 J Willingham c 3 0 1 0 H Blalock 3b 4 0 0 0 R Nolasco p 0 0 0 0 K Mench rf 3 0 0 0 M Treanor ph 1 0 0 0 L Nix cf 1 0 0 0 J Johnson p 0 0 0 0 M Derosa lf 4 1 1 2 D Uggla 2b 4 0 1 0 R Barajas c 3 0 0 0 C Aguila lf 3 0 0 0 J Burke c 1 0 0 0 M Cepicky lf 1 0 0 0 I Kinsler 2b 3 0 1 0 M Olivo dh 3 0 1 0 D Jimenez 2b 0 0 0 0 E Reed cf 2 1 1 0 R Dickey p 0 0 0 0 R Abercrombie cf 2 0 1 0 J Diaz p 0 0 0 0 J Vargas p 0 0 0 0 B Corey p 0 0 0 0 T Wellemeyer p 0 0 0 0 S Rowe p 0 0 0 0 C Resop p 0 0 0 0 B Shouse p 0 0 0 0 S Feldman p 0 0 0 0 J Carlson p 0 0 0 0 A Otsuka - 0 0 0 0 TOTALS 31 4 9 4 TOTALS 32 6 7 6
FLORIDA 004 000 000 -- 4 TEXAS 510 000 00x -- 6
E--J Vargas 2. DP--TEXAS 4. LOB--FLORIDA 5, TEXAS 5. 2B--H Ramirez, I Kinsler. HR--M Cabrera 1 (3) (off R Dickey), B Wilkerson 2 (3) (off J Vargas), M Derosa 1 (1) (off J Vargas), M Teixeira 1 (2) (off J Vargas). SB--P Nevin 1 (1). CS--H Ramirez.
IP H R ER BB SO HR FLORIDA J Vargas (L,2-1) 4 6 6 6 2 2 4 T Wellemeyer 1 0 0 0 1 1 0 C Resop 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 R Nolasco 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 J Johnson 1 0 0 0 0 3 0 TEXAS R Dickey (W,1-0) 4 5 4 4 2 2 1 J Diaz 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 B Corey 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 S Rowe 1-3 0 0 0 1 1 0 B Shouse 1-3 1 0 0 1 1 0 S Feldman 1 1-3 1 0 0 0 0 0 J Carlson 1-3 0 0 0 0 0 0 A Otsuka 2-3 0 0 0 0 0 0
HBP--M Jacobs by R Dickey. PB--R Barajas. SO--FLA: J Hermida 3, C Aguila, H Ramirez. TEX: R Barajas, M Derosa, J Burke, K Mench, H Blalock, L Nix. BB--FLA: A Amezaga, M Olivo, M Cabrera, H Ramirez. TEX: M Young, P Nevin, B Wilkerson. T--2:30. A--24,717.

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