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G56: Rangers wake up late, but it’s not enough; lose 5-4

Through five and a half, this was a pretty good pitcher’s duel between Miguel Batista & Kameron Loe. OK, perhaps it’s not Steve Carlton vs Nolan Ryan good, but you couldn’t argue with a 2-0 score after five and a half innings. Things were going good in that regard.
Then the wheels fell off for Kameron Loe. As is the custom with the 2007 Rangers, the wheels normally fall off immediately, but this time it wasn’t until the sixth inning, when Loe gave up a 3 spot to go along with the two the Mariners already had. To be honest, I didn’t think he was as bad as his line looks, but as the old adage goes, “numbers don’t lie”. Oh well. Of course, eight hits and four walks in 5.2 IP isn’t that great either, so what the heck do I know?
Offensively, we got a pair of hits (single, double) from Ian Kinsler, and another pair of hits from Ramon Vazquez (singles). We had three more hits that were scattered (singles from Catalanotto & Byrd), one of which was a home run from Mark Teixeira, who has seriously helped his value in a trade, if we choose to go that route (which I really hope we do not).
The Rangers themselves matched the three spot the Mariners got in the bottom of the sixth with a three spot of their own in the seventh, so the game didn’t seem lost, it was 5-3 after 7.5 innings, so it felt like we were in striking distance.
In fact, we did pick up another run in the ninth. We lost (familiar), but showed some spark late (not familiar). Not sure what that means, though.