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G43: Turnabout – Rangers shut out Sunday, 5-0

For Saturday’s game, I wrote about pitching and shutouts. Well, that applies two days in a row, as the Rangers were shut out by Houston pitcher Taylor Buckholz. I remember this guy from when he was a Phillie (as I follow them too), he never stuck me as quite this good.
He tossed a complete game shutout, going all 9, giving up just five hits and striking out 6 with no walks. Quite a masterful performance. Couldn’t get anything going all day. The only one close was Kevin Mench who had two of the five hits, but that was all.
John Koronka took the hill for us, and wasn’t really that bad, IMO. He technically threw a quality start (6IP, 3ER, 5H, 3K, 4BB). The walks were not good, too many. But he didn’t really strike me as having a bad start. Problem is that when you have the kind of game that Buckholz had thrown against you, it’s almost impossible to win.
Interesting that two of the games in this series were shutouts, one going to each side. Astros are up 2-1 games wise for the Silver Boot award for 2006.