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ST8: Rangers beat Cubs, 11-9

Taking a short break from writing a recap due to illness in the family. This is a placeholder page.
I remember seeing the box score right after this game happened (I’m writing this 3 days later), and thinking “Well, there goes the honeymoon with McCarthy”. I’m sure there’s a cadre of Rangers fans that would only think trading John Danks was worth it if McCarthy had no bad outings all season, and won the Cy Young award. He had a bad spring outing, and I’m sure these people are all going “SEE!” :)
McCarthy did have a horrendous outing, giving up 5 hits, 1 walk, and 7 earned runs in two innings of work. On the flip side, a guy who I almost want to pitch like McCarthy did (Bruce Chen) had the line that people expected McCarthy to have, that being 3IP, 4H, 0ER. It scares me that Bruce Chen might win the fifth spot. I’ve followed him since his days in Philly, and he looks great joining another team, and then gets torched.
The Rangers runs came in bunches. Two 4 run innings, and one three. However, 7 of them were unearned. All four Neal Cotts gave up were unearned, as were the three that their reliever Wells gave up. So we had some help in winning this one. Lots of home runs in this game for both sides, but then again, with 20 runs, you figure to have some. 11 of our 15 hits were by four players (Kinsler 2, Byrd 3, Young 4, Sosa 2), the rest were scattered. Ian Kinsler has seemed decent all spring, actually. That’s a good feeling.

CAC  FINAL
1  2  3   4  5  6   7  8  9   R  H  E
-  -  -   -  -  -   -  -  -   -  -  -
CHICAGO CUBS         2  3  0   0  0  0   0  2  2   9 16  3
TEXAS                0  4  0   4  0  0   0  3  x  11 15  1   FINAL
WP - BRUCE CHEN (1-0) LP - BEN HOWARD (0-1)
HOME RUNS: CHN - MATT MURTON (2) OFF BRANDON MCCARTHY IN THE 1ST KOYIE HILL (1) OFF BRANDON MCCARTHY IN THE 2ND TYLER COLVIN (1) OFF C.J. WILSON IN THE 8TH TEX - MARLON BYRD (1) OFF BEN HOWARD IN THE 4TH
TIME: 2:58 ATT: 6,468
CHICAGO CUBS (9) AT TEXAS (11)
CHICAGO CUBS AB R H BI TEXAS AB R H BI F Pie cf 4 0 1 0 I Kinsler 2b 4 2 2 3 S Fuld cf 1 0 1 0 D Meyer 2b 0 1 0 0 R Theriot 3b 3 1 2 0 M Byrd lf 4 2 3 2 C McGehee 3b 1 0 0 0 M Young ss 4 1 4 1 M Murton lf 2 1 1 2 D Relaford ss 1 0 1 1 V Pascucci rf 0 1 0 0 M Teixeira 1b 3 1 1 0 M Kinkade 1b 4 0 1 0 N Gold 1b 2 0 0 0 J Mota ph 1 0 0 0 S Sosa rf 3 1 2 0 M DeRosa 2b 4 0 2 0 V Diaz pr-rf 1 0 0 0 M Camp 2b 1 1 1 1 H Blalock 3b 3 0 1 1 T Colvin rf-lf 5 2 3 2 R Vazquez pr-3b 0 0 0 0 R Cedeno ss 5 2 3 0 J Botts dh 4 1 1 0 B Dopirak dh 4 0 0 0 F Guzman cf 4 1 0 0 K Hill c 2 1 1 3 M Ojeda c 3 0 0 0 G Soto c 0 0 0 1 S Manriquez c 1 1 0 0 TOTALS 37 9 16 9 TOTALS 37 11 15 8
CHICAGO CUBS 230 000 022 -- 9 TEXAS 040 400 03x -- 11
E--R Cedeno, R Wells, V Pascucci, D Relaford. DP--CHICAGO CUBS 3, TEXAS 2. LOB--CHICAGO CUBS 7, TEXAS 6. 2B--I Kinsler. 3B--M Camp. HR--K Hill 1 (1) (off B McCarthy), T Colvin 1 (1) (off C Wilson), M Murton 1 (2) (off B McCarthy), M Byrd 1 (1) (off B Howard). SB--R Cedeno 1 (1), I Kinsler 1 (1). CS--F Pie, M Young. S--D Meyer. SF--G Soto. IP H R ER BB SO HR CHICAGO CUBS N Cotts 2 7 4 0 0 1 0 B Howard (L,0-1) 1 2-3 4 4 4 0 1 1 C Bailey 1-3 1 0 0 1 0 0 R O'Malley 2 1 0 0 0 2 0 C Rapada 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 R Wells 1 1 3 0 1 1 0 TEXAS B McCarthy 2 7 5 5 1 1 2 J Vargas 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 B Chen (W,1-0) 3 4 0 0 2 0 0 A Otsuka 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 C Wilson 1 3 2 1 0 0 1 W Eyre 1 1 2 2 1 1 0
WP--C Bailey, B Chen. HBP--R Theriot by B McCarthy. SO--CHN: M DeRosa, R Cedeno, B Dopirak. TEX: M Ojeda 3, V Diaz, N Gold. BB--CHN: M Murton 2, K Hill, V Pascucci. TEX: S Sosa, M Byrd, H Blalock. T--2:58. A--6,468.