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G141: Rangers hang on, beat Yankees in 13, 6-5

I’ve been off from writing about the Rangers for about two weeks. I almost started the night before, but I thought, “pick a series, and start there”. For some reason I picked the Yankees. Which is odd, because had the Rangers lost, it would have been the same as the last two weeks, as I don’t write about losses to the Yankees.
Having said that, I sat down last night to watch the Yankees game. No way did I want to try braving that crowd. First off, because it was the Yankees (their fans suck), and then there was the concert next door at JerryLand. The parking was going to be a nightmare. Blue Man Group being there almost made me reconsider, but the traffic problems would have been just too much.
I was feeling good about the game at the start – CJ Wilson’s been pitching pretty well. At least very early on. It didn’t last. CJ gave up a four spot in the third to give the Yankees a 4-1 lead. It was ugly, CJ couldn’t get anyone out during a stretch there. CJ came out after the third, and it began a parade of pitchers like the Rangers have never seen before. This game set a new franchise record for most pitchers used in a game. It wouldn’t have been possible without the 1-2 punch of extra innings and September callups, but set a new record we did. In order:
CJ Wilson – 3 IP
Matt Harrison – 2.2 IP
Pedro Strop – 0.1 IP
Alexi Ogando – 0.1 IP
Michael Kirkman – 1 IP
Dustin Nippert – 0.1 IP
Clay Rapada – 0.1 IP
Neftali Feliz – 1 IP
Darren O’Day – 1.1 IP
Darren Oliver – 1.2 IP
Scott Feldman – 1 IP
The only reliever not used was Rich Harden, and he was probably being held back should the game have gone like 17 innings or something. What’s interesting about all those relievers is that only the first one (Matt Harrison) gave up any runs – just one. It wasn’t always easy – Scott Feldman bent pretty darned good – a walk and two hits in his inning. But in the end, the guys got it done, and didn’t let the Yankees back in the game. That’s an impressive feat, actually. It’s one thing the Yankees are annoyingly good at. Coming back late in a game to steal it from you.
The Rangers scoring was early on nothing spectacular. A ground out run in the second. A squeaker double right down the line in the fourth scoring two. A groundout RBI in the sixth. What WAS spectacular about all four of those RBI’s is they all belonged to Julio Borbon. Borbon had a great game overall. Made some great plays in the field (including a few right at the wall on long fly balls), and his four RBI’s. Nice to see a great game from him.
Then came the fun stuff. The bottom of the eighth – the Yankees brought in Joba Chamberlin, who was treated very rudely by Nelson Cruz. Cruz deposited the first pitch way into the left field bleachers for a game tying home run. That was a great moment, felt good.
What didn’t feel nearly as good was all the attempts to score in the ninth through twelfth innings. The Rangers didn’t quite get so far as bases loaded, nobody out, but they had many chances, and didn’t get it done. One thought either the Yankees were going to take it, or we’d have to win with a home run.
The Yankees had several chances too, the best one being in the 12th. Chad Moeller led off with a double, he was sacrificed to third with just one out. Jeter grounded out and Colin Curtis (who??!?) struck out. The 13th for the Yankees started off with a strikeout, then a couple of singles. Another man at third with one out. Posada lined out, Granderson walked, and Moeller flew out. That was the worst one, as bases were loaded, and that’s a place where the Yankees usually get the job done.
Chad Gaudin, who pitched a perfect 12th inning, wasn’t nearly as perfect in the 13th. Harnassing his best Tim Wakefield, he served up a ball to Nelson Cruz that he hit into the Rangers bullpen for a first pitch, leadoff home run to win the game. What was cool about the home run trot, is right before Cruz got into the pile of guys at home plate he gave the whole group “the claw”, which seemed pretty darned funny.
The best part about it is The Yankees Lose. Thaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa Yankees lose!