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G124: Rangers hang on, beat Yankees 10-9

I really should know better. I really should. You see, last night my wife got something in from Amazon.com she’s been waiting years for. One of her all time favorite TV shows was finally released on DVD. This would be thirtysomething. Anyway, she had the big TV after the kids went to bed, so I was going to watch the game when she was done. I had avoided the scoreboard by not going to ESPN or my Yahoo front page or anything like that. I was good. And then popped up something I forgot about. The Firefox plugin TwitterFox decided to tell me what Victor Rojas was saying. And he said this. GAH! Now I don’t blame Victor, I blame myself for not turning off the plugin. I’ve figured out I need to avoid Facebook when I’m watching a game timeshifted (Hello Hannah), but now I need to turn off TwitterFox, too. Bleargh! So I knew the Rangers won before I started watching any of it. I did watch part of the game, the bits where the Rangers scored, pretty much.
As I’ve said numerous times before, anytime there’s 19 runs scored in a game, there’s not going to be a lot of good pitching. For the most part, that held up here, too.
Kevin Millwood had a horrendous first inning, but mostly settled down after that. Total line 5.2 innings, 7 hits, 5 runs, 5 walks, two home runs. Blah.
Jason Grilli. Ugh. Zero innings pitched, 1 hit, one walk. Both scored.
Frank Francisco. One inning. 3 hits, 1 walk, 2 earned runs. Bleargh! Even John Wetteland didn’t give us heart attacks quite LIKE THAT!
On the other side… Joba “Fist Pump” Chamberlain.. 4 innings, 9 hits, 7 runs, 3 walks. No home runs, though. He was bad.
Chad Gaudin. 3.2 innings pitched, 7 hits, 3 runs, 3 walks, 2 home runs.
Domaso Marte finished for the Yankes, and went 1.1 innings, not allowing any runs, but that LOWERED his ERA to 11.05.
The best pitcher of the night was Neftali Feliz. Two innings, just one hit, no walks, 2 k’s, no RUNS! O’Day also threw a zero on his line score, but he was just 0.1 innings pitched.
That’s the pitching. Offensively, the Rangers had 16 hits, the Yankees had 12. The only Ranger to take an ofer was Marlon Byrd. Everyone else had at least one. The guys with multiples were Young (2-5), Kinsler (2-5), Chris Davis (2-4), Elvis Andrus (3-5), and Josh Hamilton (4-6). There were two home runs for Texas. A solo shot in the fifth by Nelson Cruz, and a two run shot that just cleared the wall in right in the 7th scoring two. There were three doubles in the game, but it was mostly singles, as we had 11 of them. It was a lot. The Rangers pounded on Mr. Chamberlain.
Then we had to fight off the inevitable Yankees comeback in the bottom of the ninth. However, since I saw the final score before I watched it, I didn’t have nearly the nailbiting that most Rangers fans had. :)
Still, a win is a win, and it’s nice to get out of the Bronx with some of those. Let’s see what Derek Holland is made out of Wednesday night.