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G85: Rangers lose finale of series, 5-2 to Angels

The Rangers offense was shut down on Thursday night by Anaheim’s pitching. The Rangers had six hits in all. One triple, one double, and four singles. Nobody had more than one hit, and three starters (Sosa, Wilkkkkerson, & Relaford) had none. The two runs we got were on singles, one by Mike Young in the first, and the other by Marlon Byrd in the bottom of the ninth.
Wilkkkerson’s recent hot streak actually filled me with confidence that he might be able to deliver in the bottom of the ninth, but that was a fleeting thought, he struck out – to end the game, no less. GASP!
Tejeda continues to be the enigma that both Texas & Philly know. Totally mediocre line. 5.1IP, 6H, 4ER, 3BB, 4K. Not going to win much that way. Ron Mahay came on and finished the game, going a total of 3.2IP, and giving up one earned run on four hits. That was decent enough, if not spectacular.
Kelvim Escobar got his 10th win of the season, going 7, giving up just three hits, and the one run to Mike Young’s single in the first.
Kind of a flat game. Still, we took the series against a division foe, and that’s always something to be positive about. We were 6-4 against good teams in this recent stretch (Detroit, Boston, Anaheim). I hope that sort of play continues, and isn’t just a flash in the pan.

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