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G6: Rangers drop series finale to Red Sox, 3-2

You know, as much as I don’t much care for ESPN’s Joe Morgan/Jon Miller combo anymore (need a new team in there) ESPN does have some seriously good camera angles. I watched most of this game, and saw some really cool angles both inside and out of the park that local Fox (FSN/FOX/etc) coverage gets. Not that I have anything against our local guys, but I wonder if a different director of Rangers games might bring a fresh look or something. The shot of Catalanotto running during his HR trot which was obviously taken from a cameraman running alongside him in foul ground was nice. I loved the shots of the outside of the park before the game started. Also, ESPN pitch tracker is better than the one the Rangers have started using (which doesn’t bother me at all). Anyway..
Four of the five runs scored in the game overall were on the longball. We couldn’t contain David Ortiz any longer, and he jacked not one, but two home runs against Vicente Padilla, who pitched better than he did in his last outing. All three Boston runs were off of Ortiz homers, which was a good thing, I suppose. Overall, Padilla had a great night, going seven innings, giving up 4 hits and three runs – almost all to Ortiz. He only walked one, and struck out four. Nice ratio there. That odd play he made in the sixth was briefly troubling, looking like he might have twisted his ankle. Shame we couldn’t score more runs – but Curt Schilling overcame his first start of the year to pitch like the guy who normally inhabits the “38 – Schilling” uniform.
Schilling was better than Padilla, going seven, giving up just one run on four hits, and 6k’s (1BB). Joel Piniero, a guy we used to beat up a lot when he was with Seattle, wasn’t given the chance to get beat up, as he faced just three batters, two of which were walks. Our second run came in this inning, when Nelson Cruz got an RBI on a fielder’s choice. Our other run was on a home run by Frank Catalanotto in the first inning, which was right to the left of the foul pole, and into the wedgie in right field.
Another game where we had a total of five hits for the whole game. Looked like we were breaking out of it on Saturday night, but we ran into a good pitcher in Curt Schilling on Sunday. The loss dropped us to 2-4 on the young season. Not bad, but never like to see twice as many losses as wins, even if it’s just 1-2.

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