G107: Rangers win in extra innings, 9-6

First off, my TiVo did not record the game tonight. That was a bit of a bummer. I had spent the early evening playing some more of “The Bigs” on my Xbox 360, and then was going to check out the game, as I wanted to see Saltamacchia, and catch a glimpse of Gabbard, but to no avail. I did get to see Salt’s RBI hit on Baseball Tonight as I was flipping back and forth between that and coverage of the Minnesota bridge collapse.
I did see that we won 9-6 in extra innings, which is a surprise, as we usually seem to lose 10 inning games. I did get to hear the first inning on the radio at work while I was waiting for my ride home to show up, she was delayed due to the big storms in the area then. Really felt like we were going to get out to an enormous lead in the first inning. Paul Byrd was all over the place, and allowed 4 of the first 5 batters on, which scored a run. Jarrod Saltamacchia came through in his first at bat as a Ranger, he singled in two runs in the first, making it 3-0 early.
However, John Rheinecker gave it all back and then some with a four spot in the bottom of the second behind a single, a double, and two home runs. Cleveland though decided to help out by gifting us a tie again in the top of the third on a Garko error.
Things stayed calm for a little while until the bottom of the fifth when Rheinecker was knocked out following a Garko single/RBI and a Travis Hafner double/RBI. That made Rhein’s line 4.1 innings, 8 hits, 6 runs, 2 walks. Ugh. That was the bad Rheinecker. You know, I don’t have any good reason to do it, but I wanted to say “Rhein’s line” again. I amused myself typing that. :)
Our bullpen was outstanding again. Five relievers (Eyre, Littleton, Murray, Benoit, Wilson) combined to go 5.2 innings of shutout ball. Combined they allowed just three hits, NO WALKS, and seven strikeouts. Would have liked to have seen that – darn TiVo.
Frank Catalanotto (now one of the elder statesmen on this team) doubled in a couple of runs in the top of the 8th again, tying the game up, and sending it to extra innings where I don’t like being – we always seem to lose. Especially if it’s JUST ten innings. Give me 14 or 17 or something, then we win, but 10 is bad.
In the 10th, it seemed like Cleveland was a mess from looking at the play by play log. Vazquez single, Cat fielder’s choice (no out), Kinsler reaches on throwing error (Vazquez scores), Young intentionally walked, Botts hit a sac fly (Cat scored), Byrd singled (Kinsler scored), Cruz struck out. It was enough.
But the bits that most Ranger fans wanted to know about…
Nelson Cruz: 2-5, 1 run scored
Jarrod Saltamacchia: 1-5, 2 RBI
Jason Botts: 0-5, 1 RBI (sac fly), 3K
Sammy Sosa: 9 innings bench time
Kason Gabbard: Pitches tomorrow
Was weird seeing Teixeira hit a home run in Atlanta on Baseball Tonight. The Atlanta fans were having a love fest, but I bet you anything they’ll be wanting to run him out of town come October 2008.