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G137: Rangers take close one from White Sox, 5-4

You know, with all the losses we’ve had lately, I actually game into Chicago wanting the Rangers to get swept. A few more wouldn’t make any difference now. Why? Lord knows I don’t want to help the Cleveland Indians by beating the White Sox. The Indians need to be out of the playoffs. They’re starting to become rather annoying just like the Yankees by winning all the time.
This is one more game I missed – I got called into work on an emergency situation when the game was on – I only got to see the start of the game, when we went down 2-0 early.
We called up four players from AAA Oklahoma who finished their season on Monday the 4th. The four are: catcher Randy Knorr, Darwin Cubillan, Kelly Dransfeldt, & old time Ranger Ruben Sierra. Will be interesting to see Sierra up in the bigs. I’ll have to make sure to watch the pre-game show Tue night, I’m sure there will be something on him.

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G136: Rangers win, but Cowboys get destroyed 41-14

Not available – This is the third game in a row I missed. Why? I was out at Texas Stadium seeing the Cryboys get annihilated by the Philadelphia Eagles. Boy, it was a thing of wonder, wasn’t it? I hate the Cowboys. :)
On the Rangers side, it was nice to see Ryan Glynn put up this kind of start. Looked good from the box score.

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G135: Rangers drop another to Tigers, 5-3

Not available – I didn’t see or hear the game at all, I was out at a cat show in Ft. Worth. My wife and I lost our cat to kidney disease a couple of months ago, and we were checking out some of the breeds we were looking at relative to getting a new cat.

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G134: Rangers lose 7-5 to Detroit

Not available – I didn’t see or hear the game at all, I was out at an Iron Maiden / Queensryche concert this evening. :)

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G133: Rangers win big against Indians, 14-7

How come they couldn’t have done this the night before when I was there? :)
I’m sorry, but I don’t have the time today to write about this – but it was nice to see the Rangers get out there with a big win for a change. I found myself rooting against Wetteland in the top of the 9th, though – I wanted the game to break the all time record – it missed by just a minute. :(

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G132: Rangers drop close one to Indans, 5-3

Well, I went to this game, and given the way the Rangers were playing, I wasn’t expecting much in the way of attendance. This was one of my season ticket games, and I had heard on TV the other night that the Rangers were offering complimentary upgrades to folks who had tickets in the upper levels. Normally, I sit in Section 326, but I got a free upgrade to Sec 237. What was funny was that the section Lynn & I were in was the most populated section in the stadium it looked like (as it was one of the upgrade sections). Just 20 minutes from game time, it seemed like there was only 5,000 people in the stands. It eventually filled up to 24,000, but still – rather empty. I wasn’t a season ticket holder (or even a Ranger fan) the last time the Rangers were playing this bad in the late 70’s, but I can just imagine. Hell, I wonder what the players feel like in Montreal night after night.
Anyway, a third straight solid performance by Doug Davis led the Ranger charge. He pitched wonderfully through the first six innings. In the seventh, he ran into a little trouble, giving up two runs, and then our bullpen led the charge to defeat. Crabtree gave up the other three earned runs, although sitting in the stands, it didn’t feel like he pitched that badly. Dave Burba on the other side pitched better, unfortunately. He went 6 innings, giving up one (unearned) run, and the other Cleveland bullpen pitchers pitched well (except for Ricardo Rincon). It was just hard to get anything going offensively.
Raffy was ejected in the bottom of the 8th, giving some rise from the spartan crowd. In reading about this game, someone said that it was the first time in Raffy’s career that he was ejected (I find that hard to believe), but it was definitely the first player ejection of a Ranger this season – that’s not bad at all, considering this was game 132 of 162.
Overall a very warm night, and even though the Rangers lost, and it was a spartan crowd, I enjoyed the hell out of it. I just wish that it wasn’t so hot down here – would make coming out more enjoyable, I would think.

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G131: Rangers lose UGLY to Cleveland, 12-1

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G130: Rangers lose to Indians, 5-2

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G129: Rangers lose to Blue Jays, 6-4

No commentary on this one either. I was on the highways of Texas headed towards the best sausage I’ve ever had in my life from the Southside Market & BBQ. It’s “Elgin Hot Sausage”. Check it out.

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G128: Rangers lose to the Jays, 9-3

This is more like the Rangers of 2000. That 1-0 win last night had to be a dream. This team couldn’t sustain that for more than a game at a time, and even then, only once in awhile.
I actually didn’t see any of this game, I was at the Dell Diamond seeing the Round Rock Express beat up on Darren Oliver in a rehab start. If you get a chance to get down to Round Rock next season, go for it. It’s a great little park!
I did tune in for a minute to listen to the Rangers game, but they were losing 4-1, so I turned it back off, and watched the game in front of me. :)

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G126: Rangers lose to Yankees again, 8-7

This is the kind of loss that makes you want to say “Oh, it’s not all that bad, we only lost by one, if we had that one extra hit, if we…” But we know better. This season is just bad, so this is the kind of thing that happens all the time. Our bullpen crashed yet again, and we lost the game late.
Wait a minute. Didn’t I just say the same thing about yesterday’s game? Yeah, I did. This one felt exactly like yesterday’s game. Same feel, same thing. We lost to the Yankees in the Bronx by a one run score. Sigh again.

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G127: Rangers shut out Blue Jays, beat ‘em 1-0

I saw the last few innings of this one. Lynn & I were down in the Austin/Round Rock area to see the Drillers play the Round Rock Express on Saturday. We went down on Friday, and after we got in from dinner, and a look around 6th Street in Austin, I caught the end of this one. Going into it, I figured we’d get blown out. David Wells always pitches good at the Ballpark against us, and Doug Davis was the inexperienced rookie going up against him. I figured we’d lose something like 8-1 or so. I was rather shocked to see the score 0-0 when I tuned in around the 8th inning.
Wells went eight innings, giving up eight hits, and no runs. However, Doug Davis was even better, going 8 innings, giving up only four hits, and no runs. For a change, our bullpen managed to keep it going – Wetteland pitched two innings, giving up just one hit, one walk, and nothing else. Mike Venafro came on to pitch the 11th, and didn’t give up a thing.
We managed to get to Billy “I have the stupidest beard in all of baseball” Koch for a run in the bottom of the 11th to pull out a 1-0 win in extra innings. A win this season is rare. A win in extra innings is even rarer! This was a spectacular ballgame, one I wish I could have seen in person. The game winning hit was by Rusty Greer, who delivered a game ending winning hit for the 17th time since 1995.
One funny thing – it looked odd to see the umpires in makeshift uniforms – their equipment hadn’t arrived, and one of them wore a Rangers cap. It looked silly. :)

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G125: Rangers lose to Yankees again, 10-9

This is the kind of loss that makes you want to say “Oh, it’s not all that bad, we only lost by one, if we had that one extra hit, if we…” But we know better. This season is just bad, so this is the kind of thing that happens all the time. Our bullpen crashed yet again, and we lost the game late. Sigh.

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G124: Rangers beat the Yankees, 5-4

Man, did it look like Rick Helling was going to cruise to a no hitter. I haven’t seen him look so dominating in awhile, and he has been pitching pretty well lately. Unfortunately, he got done in by his old nemesis, the long ball. The Yankees led off with a double to start the game, but then Rick set down the next 17 in a row. However, NY scored three runs on two jacks in the 6th. They added another in the 7th, and Rick was pulled. I felt awful, as he really deserved the win, even though he didn’t get it (Crabtree did).
Our offense was in the first, when Denny Neagle pitched really wildly, and we were assisted by two errors, although all four runs in the first inning were earned. We batted around, and had the chance for more (we left two on). Still – I’ll take whatever we can get in the Bronx. Raffy put us back on top with a solo home run in the 8th – driving Neagle from the game.
From that point on, there wasn’t any more scoring, and John Wetteland had a moment of brilliance to get a save (his first in about a month).

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G123: Yankees get revenge on Sikorski, we lose 12-3

Well, at the start of the game, Brian Sikorski looked like the same pitcher we had on the mound a few days ago in Arlington. Today in the Bronx, he was – for the start of the game, and that’s about it. He got bombed by the Bronx Bombers 12-3. It started out OK, and we even got off to a 1-0 lead (on a Raffy home run). However, the 2000 Rangers quickly reared their heads.
We committed two errors, allowed SIX unearned runs, and basically shot ourselves in the foot the entire game. I thought we had a chance at the start of the game, but that quickly went away. Actually, after the score got to 9-1, I had to stop listening, because this game was on during the day, and I was listening at work.
Good thing, as I didn’t miss anything.

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G122: Rangers win on my birthday, 6-2

Doug Davis started this game, and based on his performance in the last few starts of his, I was expecting another problem. Well, this time, we didn’t get a problem, we got a really well pitched game from Davis. He pitched the first complete game win of the season for a Rangers pitcher – we had two complete games from Rogers, but they were 8 inning losses.
A complete game win – Quite frankly, at the start of the game, that’s what I felt we’d get pitched against us. Not that I’m a big fan of Jeff Fassero, but I was feeling the curse of the former Ranger pitcher pitching against us. However, we finally broke through that in the fifth inning, and took a 6-1 lead.
Of the two runs that Boston did get, only one was earned, so the line will really help Davis’ ERA. I’m really hoping that Davis can build on this, and do some other good stuff between now and the end of the year.

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G121: Rangers dominated by Pedro; lose 9-0

What can you say about this game? Pedro Martinez pitched, and that was about all she wrote. We gave up 9 runs, and Pedro gave up nothing at all. End of story. :)

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G120: Rangrers lose to Red Sox, 6-4

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G117: Rangers lose big to Yankes, 10-2, Kapler to 28

Figures. David Cone gets it together against us. He was 2-10 before this game. Not anymore. :(
Was nice to see Gabe get his hit late, though.

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G119: Rangers lose close one to Red Sox, 8-7

Well, I thought this game was well in hand, but our 9th inning heart attack (John Wetteland) came in again. And again he blew a game. That’s too bad, because Rick Helling got robbed – he should have gotten a win in this game. Actually, it wasn’t totally Wetteland’s fault, either. Royce Clayton committed an error with two outs in the bottom of the 9th, giving the Red Sox another out, and a win (eventually).
I’m a bit busy in writing this, but I did notice that Bill Haselman got a nice round of applause when he came up to bad (he was a Red Sox catcher for 3 years 95-97).

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G118: Brian Sikorski dominates Yankees, we win 5-0

Of all the things I thought would happen this series, what happened this night is NOT what I ever expected to happen. When this game started, I was feeling pretty down on the Ranger rookie pitchers. I was starting to think “Oh god, there isn’t going to be any real help from the farm at all”. I was feeling pretty bad about our rookie pitchers.

Then comes Brian Sikorski. The man runs onto the mound and pitches an absolute gem. Is it beginner’s luck? Is it that the Yankees don’t know anything about him? I’m sure that has something to do with it. However, it’s always nice to see such an awesome performance by a kid making his first ever start in the majors. Going 7+ innings, giving up four hits, and no runs. You really can’t ask for better than that. It also saved us from being swept at home in a season by the Yankees in our entire club history! Gotta love that, too. :) It was very cool that he got a standing O when finally taken out of the game in the 8th. I loved that Sikorski came in, pitched well, and looked like he belonged there. He didn’t look frightened – but if his first start was in Yankee Stadium, that might have changed things.

However, Gabe Kapler’s hitting streak came to an end, unfortunately. Still, it was a great light in the recent darkness that is our season. I hope that it didn’t get to him so much that he goes back into his shell – he’s been awesome since the All Star break, and I hope it continues.

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G116: Rangers drop opener to the Yankees, 7-3

Well, it’s the Yankees. We always lose to them, and in a season like this, I expect to get swept in all the games we play (except possibly tomorrow’s game – as David Cone is pitching almost as bad as Jose Lima this season). Anyway, the Rangers didn’t disappoint.
We were losing 9 pitches into the game 2-0. Actually, I felt Matt Perisho pitched OK the first couple, but couldn’t hold it past the 5th. We were only losing 3-0 after 5, and then it was 6-0. At that point, I stopped watching the game, and watched a couple of Star Trek episodes that had piled up on my TiVo. I tuned in late to see that we had scored 3 runs, but as usual, it wasn’t enough.
We’re now 0-9 in our last 9 games against the Bronx bombers, including last year’s sweep in the playoffs. :(

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G115: Rangers drop finale to Red Sox, 4-2

This game lived up to my usual expectations for a Rangers / Red Sox game. Close game, where both teams had chances, and the final score wasn’t a 1990’s artificially inflated score. The final was 4-2. What was interesting about the scoring was that both teams scored all their runs at once. All the other innings were goose eggs – although the Rangers tried.
I saw the inning where Kenny Rogers gave up four runs. It was the top of the third. As usual, it seems that Kenny was just “this much away” from getting out of the inning and then it breaks open with something. This was the same. It didn’t really feel like an inning where he should have given up four runs. But he did. We managed to tack two of our own on in the fourth, but I didn’t see that.
The reason was that I was on the Jumbotron for the birthday announcements after the fifth inning. I left my seats in the top of the fourth to make sure I was there at the top of the fifth for the setup for that. If anyone was at the game, I was the guy with the small sized Pooh bear doll dressed in a small baseball outfit.
Anyway, the rest of the game was rather uneventful, with the sole exception of Gabe Kapler’s further extending his newly owned hitting streak record to 26. He got a standing ovation from what I could see. We had a shot of getting back into the game, as we had the bases loaded – but a pop out into the Red Sox dugout was caught by a falling Ed Sprague for the final out of the inning – and our final chance at some runs for this game.

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G114: Rangers bounce back, beat Boston 6-3

When a knuckleball pitcher is on the mound, he’s either totally unhittable, or gives up a ton of runs. On this night, Tim Wakefield was both. For the first three innings, Wakefield put up donuts on the board. Then in the fourth, it came apart for him. Wakefield walked the bases full (two of them on 4 pitch walks). He went 2-0 on Ricky Ledee, and then Ledee jacked a pitch into the right field stands for a grand slam, and a quick 4-0 lead. Wakefield then promptly walked the next batter with four pitches, and was yanked. Those four runs were all we needed for the win, which was nice.
Rick Helling deserved it, after getting screwed in a 2-0 loss the last time out. Rick’s now alone in second place with wins in the AL, and is in third place in ERA with 3.61. I’m glad Rick is pitching this well – if he keeps it up next year too, he’s in for a great payday as his contract is up after the 2001 season. :)
Gabe Kapler was the other big story of this game. He broke Mickey Rivers’ 24 game hitting streak, and now stands alone in the Ranger record books with that hit. In watching the hit, it was the kind of play that Nomar Garciaparra always makes – a little part of me wonders if Nomar didn’t intentionally let the ball go under his glove, knowing what it meant to Kapler.

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G113: Rangers lose 7-3, Ryan Glynn passes out in dugout

Usually, when the Rangers play the Boston Red Sox, we have a great game. We win, or we lose, but we always seem to play a good game. Not tonight – this game was an exception to that rule. My wife and I love it when we play the Red Sox, as she can cheer for Nomar (she got into baseball in 1997, when Nomar was in his rookie season), and the overall good play we always seem to get when playing the Red Sox.
There wasn’t much to cheer about in this game. Especially when Ryan Glynn came out of the game. The next inning started, and someone was passed out on the ground. After seeing what happened with Larry Dierker last season, I wasn’t too thrilled at seeing it happen again – much less in our own dugout. The game was stopped, and since I have TiVo, I paused the action (gotta love that feature), and went and got my wife to check this out. We watched as they worked on Ryan in the dugout – and the one thing both of us had to say was this.. If he was passed out unconsious on the dugout floor, why on earth was everyone cramming around him? Wouldn’t giving him more space be better than crowding him? Yeesh. Anyway, he eventually got up off the floor, and was wheeled out on a wheelchair – they didn’t use the truck that had driven in from left field with a stretcher. It was a bad thing to see – I wouldn’t wish anything like that on my most disliked player (mostly Atlanta Braves), hope it all works out well for Ryan.
Anyway, the only really great thing that happened this game was Gabe Kapler tying Mickey Rivers‘ 20 year old Ranger record for 24 consecutive games with a hit. That’s a nice thing to do – hope he breaks it tomorrow night. This was by far the brightest spot of the night for the Rangers.