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ST5: Rangers come from behind to beat Royals, 8-7

In a game that could be considered somewhat sloppy and not terribly well pitched (4 errors, and 24 hits), the Rangers came from behind in the bottom of the ninth to win on Sunday, 8-7. Now before I get started talking about the game, I have to say that I did listen to the entire game. I was by myself listening to it. Unfortunately, I listened to most of it unconscious. I fell asleep somewhere around the bottom of the third, and woke up as the Rangers were coming to bat in the bottom of the ninth. It was the usual Sunday afternoon siesta. Both my wife and kid were also asleep in their respective bedrooms. I was in the living room blowing Z’s on the sofa. But my little girl woke me up, and announced “I like it when Daddy has baseball on the radio!”. For some reason she thinks it sounds like “music”. I don’t get it, but I’ll take the fact that my kid wants me to have baseball on the radio. :)
Late winter acquisition Jason Jennings started this game for the Rangers. His first batter was walked. After that, not much else. In fact, there was nothing else, as he had no hits, and just the one walk in two innings. Obviously, we don’t want to proclaim him awesome just on THAT, but it’s nice to see that line instead of say the line that the next Rangers pitcher threw. That was Luis Mendoza, who went 1.1 IP giving up three hits, two walks, and four earned runs. Not good (although two of those runs were when Rowe was on the mound). Of the four other Ranger relivers, Eddie Guadardo escaped unscathed, with no hits and no runs. Fukumori wasn’t bad either – two hits over two innings with one unearned run. Josh Rupe & Rowe each gave up an earned run in their mound time.
On the flip side, only KC pitcher Luke Hochevar didn’t give up any runs.
Offensively, we were led by Josh Hamilton, who went 3-3 with an RBI. Ian Kinsler had two hits, and all the other remaining nine hits were scattered amongst nine other Ranger batters. Most were singles, but we had four doubles (Hamilton, Kinsler, Boggs, & Duran) and a home run (Ryan Roberts). Roberts’ home run was well timed, coming in the bottom of the ninth to tie the game at 7 at that point. Was nice to hear, even in my mostly woozy state having just woken up about a minute or two before that.
On the positive side, we turned three double plays in this game, and did win in a rather exciting fashion, which is what it’s all about, I suppose.

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