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ST16: Rangers get second tie of the spring; 6-6 against Rockies

The Rangers record now includes a -2 at the end of it, and that’s not two losses. It is two ties. This game did go to extra innings, it ended after 10, though. Generally that stuff is decided ahead of time, from what I can gather.
We do have another person on the injury list (which is dangerously close to being larger than the active player list). This time it was Frank Catalanotto leaving the game with back spasms. I know I’m writing this on Sunday night, and this game was Thursday, but still. Great. Not.
Both team’s starters had the air of “stink” in their box score lines.
Mendoza: 3.1IP, 5H, 5ER, 1BB, 1K
Jimenez: 4.2IP, 8H, 5ER, 2BB, 6K
They both went longer, but as we’re at the midway point of the month now, you should be seeing a lot more of that now. Relievers on both sides were quite good. There were eleven relievers combined for both teams. Between all those pitchers and the twelve innings of work, they had eleven hits, and just two earned runs. Not all that bad on the reliever side. Actually, Mendoza’s damage was all in the fourth inning. He was perfect in the first three frames, but a stink bomb like the fourth tends to discount the good work in the first few for most people.
Offensively, the Rangers were led by Hank Blalock, who had a three run home run. David Murphy also had a solo shot, and both Michael Young & Josh Hamilton had three hits. Hamilton is now batting .577 after this game. Obviously those kinds of numbers won’t translate long term into the season, but even if he bats just 50% of that, it’s .288, which isn’t anything to sneeze at, either. I think he’ll do better than THAT, however.