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G10: Rangers fall hard again, 12-3

What is it with Kansas City. Even when they’re at the lowest of the low (which was most of the time), we have problems with them. This is a team that until this year teams are supposed to beat easily, and we’re constantly losing to them. Is it the time in Surprise? Who knows. But it happened again.
After the “Good Karma” of Kinsler’s 6-6 cycle, it pretty much did not carry over. Kinsler himself went 2-4 for this game (with a walk), which was better than most everyone. Hank Blalock went 2-5, but Elvis Andrus led the way from the 9 hole with a 3-4 night. No runs or RBI’s, but he was the only Ranger with three hits. Blalock, Byrd, & Salty each had solo home runs which accounted for all three of our runs.
David Murphy came in as a replacement, and took another ofer. He remains ofer 2009. That’s a bit disturbing. If it doesn’t turn around soon, it might affect his playing time or his spot. In another odd move, Michael Young was pinch hit for by Omar Vizquel. I’m not sure I understand that one.
The pitching, however… Matt Harrison is not looking in 2009 like he did in 2008. This game was well, ugh. Five innings and six earned runs on eight hits with four walks. Two of the hits were home runs. Bleh. Willie Eyre, who was just called up to help the pen was no help. 1.1 innings, giving up three runs on four hits and two walks. Josh Rupe was even worse. 1.2 innings, three runs on six hits and a walk. Eddie Guardado finished up, and actually threw a scoreless inning, which REDUCED his ERA to 11.25.
The pen has been pretty bad to start the season, and we haven’t had much of a chance to test Frankie. If this keeps going for too much longer, there probably will be some big bullpen changes.

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