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G93: Rangers whomp on A’s, 11-4 on Tuesday night

The top of the lineup certainly came through for the Rangers this game. Kenny Lofton went 3 for 5 with a walk, and scored two runs. Michael Young went 5-5 with a walk, scored once, and drove in three runs. In fact, Lofton got a triple on the first pitch of the game, and then Young doubled him in on the second pitch of the game, so we led the game extremely quickly.
Sosa couldn’t come through here – I believe he came up twice with the bases loaded and two outs. I wonder if we’re going to be able to get anything for him at all. Sosa left eight runners onbase himself. Bleh. He did have a sac fly at one point, but leaving eight isn’t exactly getting the job done.
Other than Young and Sosa, the other RBI’s were by Laird, Vazquez, & Hairston. No home runs in this game, plus two doubles (both Young), and one triple. We had 12 singles – so it was a low powered attack, but it got the job done.
Robinson Tejeda was out of the game before the end of the fifth, going just 4.1. The usual problem. An obscene amount of walks (six). Four hits, 3 earned runs, two of which came on Jack Cust’s fifth inning home run).
Ron Mahay got a save in this game – I wonder why we didn’t use Gagne – perhaps needed a day off.
Speaking of Gagne, there’s a lot of noise that he wants to stay here past 2007, I wonder if that’s something we’d realistically consider.