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G112: Rangers drop game to Indians, 6-4

No update available from me. I had a hard drive crash on Wednesday, which took me two days to recover from. No time on Friday to do an update for this game.

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G111: Rangers beat up Cleveland, 11-2

No update available from me. I had a hard drive crash on Wednesday, which took me two days to recover from. No time on Friday to do an update for this game.

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G110: Rangers shut out by Indians, 2-0

You know, after we loaded the bases the first time and didn’t score anything, I had a feeling that it probably would come back and haunt us. After the second time in two innings we loaded the bases and didn’t score, I was sure it would come back and haunt us. It did.
We got shut out by the Indians 2-0 in a game that Rick Helling really REALLY got screwed into a loss. He pitched probably the best, most dominating game I’ve seen him pitch probably all year, and he got nothing at all back from our team. For some reason, we always seem to pitch well in Cleveland, unfortunately, so did they tonight. This is one of those games you don’t mind losing, because it was a great game of baseball – but DAMMIT! We couldn’t push anything across.
The tag by Haselman in the 7th that was somewhat controversial looked to either be a tie or a good call by the ump in calling him safe. It was one of those calls that could really have gone both ways. Either side would have argued.
Some good did come out of this game. A wonderfully pitched game by Helling – Rusty Greer got his 1000th career hit – and Gabe Kapler extended his hitting streak to 21. The longest in the majors this year is 22, and the longest by a Ranger all time is 24. Just a couple more to go – that would be very cool, considering how poor his first half was hitting wise.

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G109: Ryan Glynn pitches well, we beat Toronto 11-6

A nice win. Ryan Glynn pitched really well, I thought – and other than the gopher balls to Dave Martinez & Carlos Delgado, he kept the ball down, got outs, and generally pitched like he belonged here. Was nice to see him get teh win, even though our bullpen tried to blow it for him.
Gabe Kapler extended his hitting streak to 20 this game, which is very cool. He’s hovering at about .280 – which would be a career high for him. Mike Lamb got three doubles in the game, and B.J. Waszgis had a lot of firsts.. First major league start, first major league hit, first major league RBI, and first major league run scored, and first major league win. :)
Not a whole lot else to say, but it was nice to keep ourselves from losing our first four game sweep since 1997.

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G108: Rangers lose aother one to Toronto, 8-5

I didn’t get to see much of this game, as I was at a surprise birthday party for a co-worker’s wife during the afternoon.
However, I appear to not have missed a lot. We got beat by David Wells (again). From looking at the scores, it didn’t appear that we were that bad, and Doug Davis wasn’t awful, but he needs to learn.
Gabe Kapler got his hitting streak to 19 – which is very cool. Team record is 24.

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G107: Rangers lose high scoring game, 10-8 to Toronto

Well, another game that’s indicative of the problems of the 2000 Rangers. Our bullpen.
Matt Perisho pitched OK, if not awesome as a starter. He went 6 innings, allowing 3 earned runs (2 unearned). He walked three and struck out two. Then comes our bullpen. Fransisco Cordero (who to me is starting to look like he needs to spend extended time at AAA), only pitched one inning, and gave up three earned runs. Venafro (who got the loss) pitched only 2/3 of an inning, and gave up two earned runs. Sigh. The only person not to give up any runs was Crabtree, who only pitched 1/3 of an inning.
Offensively, we scored 8, which isn’t bad, but when you give up 10…. We had two home runs (one by Haselman, one by Raffy), two doubles (one by Raffy, one by Kapler), and a bunch of singles. Speaking of Kapler, his hitting streak is now at 18, passing Todd Zeile on the Rangers list (Todd had 17).
We are definitely a mediocre team. That’s for sure. The goal now has to be .500 for the end of the year.
After the game, we traded Dave Martinez to the Blue Jays – his fourth team this year – for the infamous PTBNL. We called up outfielder Pedro Valdez at the same time.

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G106: Rangers lose well pitched game, 3-1

There’s not a whole lot to say about this one. We were outpitched. Plain and simple.
Gabe Kapler blasted a solo home run in the second inning – extending his hitting streak to 17. However, that was it for our offense. Nothing more.
Kenny Rogers pitched fairly well, going six innings, allowing two earned runs, but got no run support and lost the game. Frank Castillo pitched extremely well, and the Kapler jack was the only blemish of the day for him.
One of those games you don’t mind losing, was a great game.

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G105: Rangers beat the White Sox, 7-2

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G104: Rangers lose close game to White Sox, 4-3

I was at this game, and going into it, I felt like we’d get shut out 2 or 3 to nothing. James Baldwin always seems to kill us. And for the first several innings, it felt like that was going to come true. We were shut out for about 4.2 innings. We finally managed to scratch a run out of him in the bottom of the fifth with a Haselman double, and a Lamb single. That tied the game at one.
Ryan Glynn pitched equally well as Baldwin – also giving up just 1 run on 5 hits. Unfortunately, he was matched against Baldwin, or he would have gotten a win. Glynn went seven innings, allowing 6 hits and one run. An outstandingly excellent performance. Then came the downfall of the 2000 season – the bullpen. Doug Davis came in to only two batters (a strikeout and a single). Zimmerman came in and was awful, allowing the inherited runner to score, as well as one of his own. Actually, Zim probably should have had a lot more runs scored on him – he just didn’t have anything.
In the bottom of the 8th, we managed to get to Baldwin a bit – we got some runners on, and then the Chisox started playing bullpen magical chairs. Kelly Wunsch came on, only pitched 1/3 of an inning, and then Bobby Howry came on – and we got to him. We managed to load the bases, and then Gabe Kapler came through with a single, scoring two runs to tie the game up. However, Raffy made another ill advised attempt to take an extra base, ending the inning at third.
In the ninth, John Wetteland came on, and gave up a gopher ball – but retired the three outs in pretty quick fashion. However, the longball by Ranger killer Charles Johnson won the game for Chicago – we started to mount a comeback in the 9th, but Scar Green was thrown out when he overslid second base on a successful steal attempt.

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G103: Rangers lose to Tigers. Cowboys lose, too!

I totally forgot this game was on, I was watching the Pittsburgh Steelers whoop the Dallas Cowboys’ asses. :) That was fun.
I saw the ninth inning – that was it. Was nice to come back against a pitcher who hadn’t given up a run since May, but our rally fell short.

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G102: Rangers lose to Tigers 10-2

I didn’t see much of this game – as I was out shooting pool with a few friends. In reading about it, the only really interesting things were these:
Gabe Kapler extended his hitting streak to 13, and is now batting over .270. B.J. Waszgis made it into his first ever major league game, and Ricky Ledee got into his first Ranger game.
That’s about all I have to say about this one. :)

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G101: Rangers win big again against Tigers, 11-5

The club continues to play good the last week or so. This game had a lot of things, except great starting pitching. Ours was OK, theirs wasn’t good at all. Rick Helling looked positively Loaizaish in this game. He didn’t have anything going, he couldn’t strike people out, and was generally sloppy. Quite frankly, it’s amazing he didn’t give up more than he did. Detroit’s starter, Brian Moehler, was a pitcher that the Rangers always had problems with in the past – not tonight. We put up an eight spot in the third inning – which was the main offense of the game. That was our largest single inning output of the season so far, and it’s always nice to see things like that in person. We probably would have had more, but Jerry Narron waved Raffy around third, and he was way WAY out – not even close. That out was the end of the inning.
However, those weren’t the only fireworks of the evening. In the 7th, Tim Crabtree came on, and was pitching to Juan Gonzalez. His first pitch was pretty inside – and Juan extremely over-reacted. He jabbered and pointed at the mound, took a step towards the mound, then Bill Haselman got in front of him, and then both of them started shouting at each other. At this point, both dugouts and both bullpens emptied. That’s about all that happened. Both him and Crabree stayed in the game – to some EXTREME booing from the stands. I felt that all the goodwill that was created by Juan the previous night with his helmet waiving, and the cheers were wiped out. Juan eventually made an out that inning, and it was one of the loudest cheers I’d heard for an out in a long time.
One other thing. I was at this game, and had written down the lineups – and then a minute before the game started, I noticed 3 or 4 people had changed. So, I made the changes, and noticed Segui wasn’t there. I thought something might be up, so I had my wife get out the small portable radio I have in our “Baseball bag”, and started listening. Eric Nadel said Segui was scratched 12 minutes before the start of the game – which really led to me thinking he was gone. It wasn’t till about the 6th inning or so that they announced Segui had been traded for Ricky Ledee. I announced that rather loudly in my section, and it got quite a reaction from the folks around me – I was apparently the only person who was listening on the radio, in addition to watching the game. :)
Gabe Kapler kept his hitting streak alive – I think he’ll be the new #5 hitter in the lineup now with Pudge out, and Segui traded. Was a nice balanced offensive night. Every starter had at least one hit, and everyone except Raffy scored at least one run. In addition, everyone except Alicea drove in a run, too!
Overall, was a great game to watch in person. Always nice when your team wins, and the added flavor of Juan in the other uniform (despite the fracas in the seventh) made it for a really enjoyable game.

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G100: Rangers trump Detroit 7-3

We’re now 3-0 in the Post Pudge Era. :) Gabe Kapler has also homered in the last four straight games, tying a club record – in addition to having a 10 game hitting streak. Looks like he’s finally come out of his shell.
Ryan Glynn looked pretty good – his only mistake was a home run ball served up to Juan Gonzalez. I kind of figured he’d hit at least one home run during this trip back – didn’t think it would be in the second at bat.
Speaking of that – Juan’s tip of the cap to the fans was pretty nice – I wasn’t sure what kind of reception he’d get – the TV guys said there were a few boos, but I didn’t hear ‘em on TV. I’m going to Friday’s game, I wonder if the reaction will be the same.
Was the night of home run balls off your former club. Juan did it, as did Gabe Kapler & Bill Haselman. Raffy also joined in with a three run home run of his own to match Juan’s.
Surprisingly, the entire AL West lost besides us – we’ve made up three games on the Mariners in the last 3 days. I still don’t think we have a shot at doing anything, but it’s nice to see us not roll over and die after the Pudge injury.
There’s been a lot of talk in the press lately about bringing Juan back. Quite frankly, if we bring him back, I see it as at the expense of Gabe Kapler. If they can figure out a way to keep Kapler and bring back Juan, I’d be for it. Otherwise, I don’t want him back.

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G99: Rangers 2-0 in Post Pudge era; win 6-5

We’re now 2-0 in the Post Pudge Era. :)
I didn’t see most of this game, as I fell asleep on the couch (I’m still on the medicine my doctor prescribed a few weeks back – it makes me sleepy sometimes). I did get to see the start of it, when we jumped out to a lead early, and I saw the end of the game. Disappointing to see Wetteland blow another save, but it was great to see the win in the bottom of the ninth from Rusty. He was overdue for that kind of thing. :)
It was also funny to hear Tom Grieve getting hysterical over the “They’re in hot pursuit” (over the Cat triple that went careening across the outfield).

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G98: Rangers beat Angels 9-6

It was really nice to see the big sticks come out last night. It was not nice to see Darren Oliver not be able to hold anything. Darren is turning out to be a big disappointment – which is a shocker, considering he pitched fairly decently in St. Louis this past season. I’m no expert here – I just have the gut fan reaction, but I don’t know what his problem is. He really seems like the pitcher we sent away in 1998. I’m sure he’ll last this season – I doubt anyone would want him now – he doesn’t have a lot of trade value – but next year? Who knows.
I was a bit disappointed when the Angels got off to a one run lead in the first, but we took it back in the bottom, with the first of our two jacks last night – one from Catalnotto, and another from Raffy (a second level shot). We had another home run in the third from Rusty Greer, and we were up 5-1. However, that’s where Oliver couldn’t hold the lead. He was pulled before the lead got totally away, but before he could get a win. Gabe Kapler followed up with his second home run in as many days (looks like he’s finally gotten it together) in the fourth – but that was it for our scoring (and our baserunners actually) until the bottom of the 8th.
At that point, we were tied at 6, and Bert Green got on as a pinch runner for David Segui. Bill Haselman hit a single to left on a hit and run, and Green made it all the way to third, arriving at the same time as the ball, more or less forcing the throw to be off, and the ball to get away, allowing Green to run home and score. Personally, I felt Green should have been out for being so wildly out of the basepaths, but I’ll take it. :) Gabe Kapler finished off the scoring with a two run triple to put us up three.
Wetteland came in, got three outs, and another save. Was a nice win – the first without Pudge.

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G97: Rangers lose game and Pudge, 6-5

This might very well be the worst Rangers game I’ve ever watched. Both from the loss standpoint and from the Pudge standpoint. I also felt that this game was a very good microcosm of the problems the Rangers have had the entire season.
I felt we had it won early, there was just a good vibe, even after the Pudge injury (which we didn’t know the severity of yet). It just felt good. Then Wetteland lost the save in the ninth, and I felt that we caught a break with the balk call in the 10th. Then it was reversed, and I just felt that we’d lose the game after that – we did. It was interesting to see Scott Sheldon in as catcher in the extra innings. He didn’t look all that bad out there, and almost gunned down a base stealer – was a pretty close play!
Plus Pudge being announced as being out for the season was just horrible. We’ve lost a lot of players for the entire season this year – and whatever thin thread the Rangers were still hanging on to this year was just cut. Start for next year. And make it work next year, as there may very well be another player’s strike after the 2001 season. :(

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G96: Rangers win, beat Mariners 3-2

Due to work pressures, I won’t have time to write about this game.

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G95: Rangers give up 10+ to Mariners again; lose 13-5

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G94: Rangers lose big to Mariners, 12-3

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G93: Rangers lose 6-1 to Angels

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G92: Back to AL games; we still lose, 5-3

I didn’t get to see the game again due to the oft told incompetence of my cable company. I was so irritated, that I didn’t want to listen on the radio. I eventually did, and heard Gabe Kapler’s home run, and the rest onwards. Was nice to see the bullpen hold on to one after awhile. Gabe’s home run was the first in awhile, and the first one he’s hit (as a Ranger) that my wife and I didn’t witness with our own eyes. :) His new bald look must be doing something, as he’s batting something like .370 since the All-Star break, and has raised his batting average to .261.
Also, it seems that the Rangers made the right decision with the Scar Green / Jason McDonald choice a few weeks ago in keeping Scar. I’m hoping he can hold on beyond this year – I’ve always liked him for some reason – although his numbers have never set anyone on fire. The throw he made in the bottom of the ninth to win the game was awesome!

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G91: Rangers’ pen blows another one; we lose 5-3

The night before this, I only got about two hours of sleep – I was dead tired before the game even started. About 11:45, I couldn’t take it anymore, and fell asleep. When I went to sleep, we were winning, but Rick Helling had just come out. We eventually lost Our bullpen gave away another game.
That’s a shame, because Rick Helling looked masterful. I felt he deserved to win his 11th game of the season. However, our bullpen couldn’t hold it again. I know I said yesterday I wanted to keep John Wetteland, and I still do. I hope he survives the pending shakedown. I really want him to stay. I’d like to keep Segui, too, but I can’t see both of them staying.
Anyway, it was an awesome pitching matchup in both sides until we finally broke through in the 7th inning. It almost wasn’t, that close, but with men on 2nd and 3rd, Mike Lamb made a spectacular play. Chopper to third, and he managed to tag the runner off the base at third, and then toss to first for a double play. One of the better plays made by a third baseman this year (well, at least a Ranger player).
This loss puts us back to 9.5 games back, and I think that unless we manage to sweep Anaheim & Seattle, that’s it – we’re done. Sure, some miracle could happen in the second half once the pressure is off, but even if we got that far, I don’t think the 2000 Rangers have what it takes to make it anywhere in the playoffs, anyway.

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G90: Rangers lose slugfest to Giants, 10-8

About halfway through this game, I said to my wife – “That’s it, season’s over, let’s start on next year”. My gut feeling is that this is it – we’re not going to make a big run at it. In spring training, I felt that this was a year for rebuilding (not a lot of it, just a little), but this year wouldn’t be our year. That’s been obvious both by the play all season, and by the play last night.
We almost pulled off our second most spectacular comeback of the roadtrip in the top of the 9th, but we fell two runs short. Our bullpen is just a mess now, totally unreliable.
In the forthcoming cleaning, I sincerely hope we keep one player. John Wetteland. I really want to keep him. A lot.

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G89: Rangers lose to San Francisco, 6-4

Pac Bell Park looked great. Esteban Loaiza did not. That about sums it up. :)
I have to say, the one thing I wanted to see in this series was Barry Bonds hit a ball into the water outside the park. Well, I did see that, but it was a foul ball. I didn’t think the Rangers played all that bad this game – I liked Chad Curtis in this game (despite the bobble in the outfield), but our pitching gave it away again.
I’m really starting to think that if we keep Loaiza, it’ll be in the bullpen – but I’d be curious to see what his reaction to a permanent move to the pen would bring. Worked for Burkett – it might work for Loaiza, too.
This was David Segui’s 1000th game played in his career at first base. Because of that, he can now count in the all time first base stats, which moves him into second place all time in fielding, behind Steve Garvey.

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G88: Rangers beat the Big Unit, 6-5

I didn’t think we had a prayer against Randy Johnson – but Matt Perisho pitched well enough to keep the game from getting out of hand. We actually managed to come back and tie the game against Randy Johnson. The Rangers have always hit him at the very least OK, if not great.
Pretty strange lineup against the Big Unit. What surprised me is that Haselman had two RBI hits off of Randy – that was impressive for a guy who doesn’t play a lot. I hope that Bill stays after this year. I know he deserves to have a great front line job, but I think he’s the absolute best backup we could get for Pudge.
That’s another game when Luis Alicea makes a great comeback come true with a late inning hit and RBI. I wonder if we’ll consider signing him again next year. Be curious to see what happens there.