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G87: Rangers beat by Armondo Reynoso & DBacks, 6-1

There’s not a whole lot to say about this one. We were shut down by Armondo Reynoso. With the exception of Scott Sheldon’s fluke home run – we didn’t do jack on offense.
This doesn’t bode well, because tomorrow we face Randy Johnson. :(

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G86: Rangers start 2nd half with 6-3 win over ARI

All through this game, I kept thinking to myself, I’m going to be writing about how Jay Bell did us in, and how we were outpitched by Brian Anderson. Well, that did happen, but something else amazing happened. We pulled off a giant comeback in the 9th inning against B.H. Kim. It’s so amazing that I’m not even going to write about it – I’ll just post the game log from the top of the 9th. :)
TEXAS 9TH: T Lee at first. Conti in right. Byung Hyun Kim relieved Brian Anderson. Greer walked. I Rodriguez struck out swinging. R Palmeiro hit by pitch, Greer to second. Catalanotto hit for Curtis. Catalanotto singled to shallow right, Greer scored, R Palmeiro to third. Segui hit for Kapler. Segui tripled to center, R Palmeiro and Catalanotto scored. Sc Green ran for Segui. Lamb intentionally walked. R Clayton struck out swinging. Da Martinez hit for Je Zimmerman. Da Martinez walked, Lamb to second. Alicea singled to right, Sc Green and Lamb scored, Da Martinez to third. Dan Plesac relieved Byung Hyun Kim. Greer flied out to center. (5 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors) TEXAS 6, ARIZONA 4.

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AL beats NL in All Star Game, 6-3

Not available. Barely have the time to update the page. The thing at the beginning of the game where the players had their kids on the field with them for announcements was cool, though.
ATLANTA (TICKER) — It’s not the first time a Yankee celebrated in Atlanta.
Derek Jeter became the first member of the New York Yankees to earn All-Star Game Most Valuable Player honors, going 3-for-3 with two RBI and overshadowing a strong performance by Atlanta’s Chipper Jones as the American League All-Stars posted a 6-3 triumph over their National League counterparts.
“Taking into consideration all the great players that have been in the Yankee organization, you’d think in the past that one would win,” Jeter said. “But if you’re in a game like this, you have to be in the right place at the right time, and I was very fortunate.
“In due time, when I sit down and get a chance to reflect on it, then you realize how special it is. And I wasn’t aware that no Yankee, no other Yankee, had won this award, and it’s kind of hard to believe.”
Further frustrating the 51,323 in attendance at Turner Field, Yankees closer Mariano Rivera allowed a meaningless run in the ninth to preserve the AL’s fourth straight victory in the series.
Since Turner Field opened in 1997, the Yankees are 6-2 here, including two World Series wins last year.
The 26-year-old Jeter, a cornerstone of the Yankees’ three world championships over the last four years, had a pivotal two-run single off New York Mets lefthander Al Leiter in the fourth. It gave the AL a 3-1 lead which it never surrendered.
“We’ve been watching that ever since (Jeter) came to the big leagues,” National League manager Bobby Cox said. “And somebody in the clubhouse asked me if he was getting better. He was just good when he first came up, so you know why he is here, he’s an All-Star.”
“Derek Jeter is a Yankee,” said Yankees manager Joe Torre, who improved to 3-0 as head of the AL squad. “If there ever was a young kid that even the veteran players looked up to, it’s Derek Jeter. So I think it’s a very proud time for the New York Yankees, because their future did a good thing tonight.”
Jeter’s heroics offset a great night by fan favorite Jones, who also had three hits, including a homer in the third inning off James Baldwin of the Chicago White Sox, who ended up the winning pitcher.
“It was awesome,” Jones said. “I mean, it’s every little boy’s dream. I’ve said it so many times this week, it’s not often that a player gets to play on his home field in an All-Star Game, much less start. To go out there and hit a home run, it was just awesome. I can’t explain it. It was something I’ll never forget.”
Jeter hurt Leiter with a single in a two-run first inning on Friday night in the opener of the “Subway Series” and did so again tonight in a two-run fourth. Kansas City’s Jermaine Dye led off with a walk and Cleveland’s Travis Fryman lined a single past the glove of San Francisco’s Jeff Kent at second.
Mike Sweeney, another first-time All-Star, bounced a potential double-play grounder to shortstop that Cincinnati’s Barry Larkin booted to load the bases. Leiter got Cleveland’s Roberto Alomar to pop out but Jeter looped a single into shallow left-center field for a 3-1 lead.
“The cutter, he throws it every time I face him,” Jeter said. “I try to lay off it. I didn’t hit it well, I just hit it in the right place. He’s a tough pitcher.”
The NL got within 3-2 in the fifth and delighted the crowd in the process. Gary Sheffield opened the inning against Oakland closer Jason Isringhausen with a walk and one out later Jones singled to right field. Braves teammate Andruw Jones, in his first All-Star bat, singled softly into center field to slice the deficit in half.
Isringhausen preserved the lead by retiring Sammy Sosa on a fly to right and, after falling behind former teammate Edgardo Alfonzo, came back to retire the Mets second baseman on a foul popout.
Neither starter factored in the decision as Arizona’s Randy Johnson, who pitched on Sunday, needed just eight pitches to get through a scoreless first inning. AL starter David Wells of Toronto allowed two hits over two innings in his second career All-Star start.
“Pitching on Sunday, I didn’t know how I was going to throw,” Johnson said. “So you can go out there and throw eight pitches, and you have to be pretty pleased about that.”
Preceding the game was a celebration of family as the All-Stars took their positions with their children. With wives along the third-base line, players were introduced with their children at their sides. The biggest ovation was reserved for hometown hero Andres Galarraga, who has overcome non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma to earn a spot on the All-Star team.
Galarraga, named as a starter when St. Louis slugger Mark McGwire pulled out, was greeted with standing ovations when he was announced in the lineup and when he first came to the plate in the second inning. He wiped his eyes and tipped his cap to the crowd before hitting a rocket to left that was caught.
Galarraga earned a final standing ovation after a one-out single in the fourth. He was pulled for pinch-runner Todd Helton and the crowd roared as he left the field.
“No words can explain how happy, how excited I am today,” said Galarraga. “That’s a great moment in my career in baseball. Walking on to the field with my kids, and the ovation they gave to me, my fans here in Atlanta, that’s a really special moment.”
The AL used a three-run ninth against San Diego closer Trevor Hoffman to give Rivera some breathing room. Chicago’s Ray Durham and Boston’s Nomar Garciaparra opened the inning with singles and Minnesota’s Matt Lawton grounded an RBI single to right through a drawn-in infield. Chicago’s Magglio Ordonez lofted a sacrifice fly for a 5-2 lead before an error by Montreal second baseman Jose Vidro scored Lawton.
The NL countered with a run in the bottom of the ninth on Steve Finley’s RBI single but Rivera induced St. Louis’ Edgar Renteria to bounce into a game-ending double play.
Jeter got the first of his three hits in the opening inning, lining a double down the left-field line off Johnson. But the Arizona ace rebounded to retire Williams on a groundout and strike out Giambi.
Jones singled up the middle with one out in the first but Wells got Montreal’s Vladimir Guerrero on a line drive to second before striking out Home Run Derby champion Sosa looking.
“When you get ahead in the count you can throw anything,” Wells said. “If you have command of your pitches, they can’t sit on a certain pitch, and I had a good curveball working.”
The AL pushed across a run in the third against Kevin Brown, taking advantage of a rare bout of wildness by the Dodgers’ ace.
Pinch-hitter Mike Bordick of Baltimore was retired on a long fly ball to center field that Jim Edmonds of St. Louis ran down. Alomar walked and Jeter singled before Williams’ grounder forced Alomar at third. But Brown lost the plate, issuing consecutive free passes to Giambi and Boston’s Carl Everett to force home a run.
Brown had not issued a walk in his previous 3 2/3 All-Star innings before losing the plate tonight.
The NL got even in the bottom of the third on Jones’ first career All-Star homer. Jones became the 33rd player to record three hits in an All-Star Game, one inning after Jeter became the 32nd player to accomplish the feat.
Leiter took the loss for the NL, which still holds a 40-30-1 lead in the all-time series, which began in 1933.

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G85: Rangers drop one to San Diego, 4-3

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G84: Back to .500 with 8-1 win over Padres

Since I’m writing this almost a week after the game, I’m not going to say much except this..
Back to 500 for the first time in awhile. Was nice to win for Rick Helling, too. :)

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G83: Rangers win 4th in a row; 5-4 over Padres

Since I’m writing this almost a week after the game, I’m not going to say much except this..
A grand slam for Pudge! Would have been awesome to see in person. I had tickets for this game, but wasn’t feeling good, so I stayed home. Damn. :)
Was our first extra inning win of the season.

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G82: Rangers sweep someone with 9-4 win over A’s!!

Oh man – it’s been quite some time since I’ve been able to use this graphic!
A nice sweep of the Oakland A’s last night concluded with a 9-4 win held up largely by a massive 7 run first inning. What’s really interesting about this 7 run inning is that all 7 runs were unearned. I’ve always felt that if an error leads to an unearned run, and the same error was committed by the pitcher, that it should then count as an earned run. I know that isn’t a terribly original thought, but one that I’ve held for a long time.
Was nice to see (well, listen, I couldn’t get the game due to my ongoing cable problems) the seven run first inning – we haven’t had one of those in a long time. We sent Kenny Rogers to the mound in the second inning with a 7 run lead. The last time I can remember this happening in the first was a game last year against KC where we scored 9 in the first. Still, it was nice to see, and we could have used some of these against Seattle.
Anyway, it seemed like just about everyone got in on the action in the first inning – I like it when the action is spread around, not just a big jack by one player with everyone else making an out. Everyone in the starting lineup scored at least one run (except Pudge). Mike Lamb continues to be my best surprise player of this year, going 3 for 5, and is nipping the heels of .300.
Pitching wise, Kenny Rogers was good, if not awesome – Crabtree wasn’t out there long enough to create another problem, and Zimmerman looked like Zimmerman – it seems like he’s coming around, finally.
Hopefully some of this can continue beyond this series, as all we did was pick up one game in the standings after going 6-3 against the AL West the last few games. We see the west again in two weeks when we visit Anaheim & Seattle. I’m hopeful we will be on a really good roll by then.
Well, as much as last night’s game was about Ryan Glynn, tonight’s game was about Eric Gagne. He shut down the Rangers with only a few hits, and when we had a chance, we couldn’t follow through.
The only good thing tonight was Pudge, who went 3 for 4 with a solo home run in the 8th for our only run. Most everyone else was silent. In fact only three Rangers had any hits at all – Pudge (3), Segui (2), & Raffy (1). That was it. Scarborough Green almost had his first major league home run, as he hit a ball, and it was called a HR. The fireworks went off, the music from the Natural played, and there was thunderous applause. However, about halfway through the trot, I saw the umps standing in the basepaths conferring, and I knew it would be taken away – it was. That was a shame, even if it really was a foul ball – it would have been nice.
I sat in one of two remaining places in the ballpark that I’d never sat in before. Far left field. I sat in Section 301 row 1. To tell you the truth, it wasn’t all that bad after the second inning. For the first two innings, I had to sit with my head down and my cap’s brim over the sun, as it was very sunny out there. But for $6, it wasn’t all that bad really – even though I missed seeing the out of town scoreboard. :)

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G81: Rangers win on July 4th again, 10-7

I was at this game, and at this game, and at this game. Geez – a 3 hour 50 minute game! That coupled with the fireworks afterwards led to some huge traffic clogs afterwards. Since I’m writing this a few days after the fact, I’m not going to comment on the game much, but I will comment on some of the other things that happened.
My wife and I have attended the several July 4th games – they’re always a big deal for the both of us. During the pre-game ceremonies, they brought out the latest batch of Air Force cadets, and they were sworn in on field. That, coupled with the “July 4th” feeling, and the honor guard with the flag, and everyone else there is an awesome feeling for me personally. Then they hit us with the song God Bless the USA by Lee Greenwood, and I just end up crying.
However, the most entertaining thing of the night had to be the marriage proposals. You know, the thing where some guy proposes to a woman on the Jumbotron. Well, they had one of those at this game. I’m always the guy who stands there shouting “No – don’t do it – Save yourself!” I personally don’t like these things, I think they’re trite. Well, a few innings after that, there was another one. And this one was awesome. The woman shook her hands no, tossed her coke on the guy and started to run away. The guy followed her, and they disappeared down a tunnel. Well, that got a lot of laughs, and shocked reactions from the folks in the crowd. The day after, I called Chuck Morgan (the PA and entertainment guy for the Rangers), and asked him about it. To make a long story short, it was a setup. Chuck said that they’ve been doing these things for a long time, and that the Rangers get like 30 or 40 requests a day to do something like that. He said he’d been threatening to do a fake one for a long time, and tonight he did it. He also told me that the two kids involved were interns at the Ballpark.
The fake marriage proposal was one of the funniest things I’ve seen at a ballgame in quite some time – and this was before I found out it was a fake in the first place. :)

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G80: Rangers beat A’s, 8-3

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G79: Rangers make me sigh again by losing 11-4

Sigh.
This game started off as an awesome pitcher’s duel – until the top of the 7th. I thought Matt Perisho, despite some walks in the first, pitched an awesome game. Then came the Rangers’ 2000 problem, the shaky bullpen. Gave up 7 in the 7th, and that was about it.
At this point, since we were so behind, I fell asleep during the game, as I was watching it timeshifted on my TiVo (I was out for the evening, and didn’t start watching until about midnight).
If we lose 2 of 3 or get swept by the A’s, that’s probably about it for this season.

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G78: Rangers don’t keep it together, lose to M’s 6-3

I was right (see last game’s commentary). It didn’t last. We lost to the Mariners 6-3, although it wasn’t from a lack of trying. We had the usual offensive problems, leaving too many men on base, and in scoring position, no less.
Ryan Glynn started the game, and looked damn good, I thought. I’m glad he’s come up to the bigs this year, and has pitched great. However, a potential problem reared his head during the game – a blister (which they showed on TV) on one of the fingers on his pitching hand. He had to come out in the 4th, and that was bad for two reasons. First, Glynn was pitching well. Second, Mark Clark came in. After Clark’s appearance, I would tend to think that this is the final appearance for him this season – I think he’ll be released before the All-Star game in a week. That’s too bad, I really wanted him to succeed when he came here first, but he’s done nothing to warrant his salary. Bye Clark. Francisco Cordero didn’t pitch much better (actually, his line was worse).
This season really feels like 97 again. Even if we make the playoffs, I doubt we’d go anywhere – I say cut our losses and start prepping for next season now.
Gabe Kapler had a good night (about the only one), going 2 for 3, scoring two of the three runs we got (Pudge scored the other). Gabe’s average is now up over .250. That’s not really setting the world on fire, but it’s a helluva lot better than the .190 he had not all that long ago. I’m glad to see him coming around with the stick, and as well in the field, too.
After the game, Glynn was put on the 15 day DL to help him get rid of the blister for good. Doug Davis was called up to be a left hand reliever in the pen.

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G77: Rangers break out big, beat Mariners 13-3

It’s about time we busted out like this – and it happened at a good time, too! This is the first time we’ve won three in a row since June 5th!
Our most consistent pitcher of the year, Kenny Rogers was on the hill, and looked fairly decent, if not totally overpowering. He went 7 innings, and gave up only 3 earned runs – a “Quality Start”. One of our most inconsistent pitchers took over for him (Crabtree), and threw two scoreless innings, giving up only a single hit. My gut feeling is that it won’t last. I’ve kind of lost faith in Crabtree this season – so much so, I dropped him from the couple of fantasy teams of mine I had him on.
Raffy really looks like he’s coming out of his funk – he went 3 for 5 tonight, driving in two, and scoring three himself. Offense was the name of this game, as we scored 13 for the first time in awhile. Rusty was 2 for 5, and has raised his average 80 points in the couple of weeks since he’s come off the DL. Chad Curtis was 3 for 4.. I could go on. Was a great night for the offense.
However, my gut feeling says it won’t last.

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G76: Rangers win well pitched game, 3-1

This game was on during the afternoon, and sometimes I don’t get to pay as much attention to them as I like, because I’m at work. This was one of those games, but I did hear the important things..
I heard Rusty’s big two run home run in the first, I heard the amazing tagout at home of Jason Giambi, and I heard the other two runs score in the game, so I guess I was listening during all the important bits. :)
Was nice to get two against the A’s – hopefully we can do the same against the Mariners, and against the A’s again, we wouldn’t be all that bad off if it happens.

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G75: Rangers win 5-3, I can’t see it though.

I bet I wasn’t the only one who finished this game thinking “Miguel Tejada, Miguel Tejada!!”. Due to two excellent defensive plays by Miguel Tejada, the Rangers rally in the 8th and 9th innings were snuffed out. In the 8th I felt we were in the groove, coming back well, and then Tejada made a play he shouldn’t have, causing a double play, effectively snuffing out our rally.
I felt the error in the first set the tone for the game – we never caught up after that, although we hung tough. We played good for the most part, but the error early put us in a hole we never escaped (sounds like a version of the entire season, eh?) Anyway, that was about it. Matt Perisho was “ok” – nothing stellar, but he wasn’t totally horrible, either. He’ll pitch again, I’m sure.
We did a few things cool. Pudge set a new franchise record for doubles by a player, and Rusty Greer extended his record of consecutive multi hit games to 9. Let’s hope we can win tomorrow night, otherwise it might all be over early.

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G74: Rangers can’t get by Miguel Tejada’s glove; lose 7-6

I bet I wasn’t the only one who finished this game thinking “Miguel Tejada, Miguel Tejada!!”. Due to two excellent defensive plays by Miguel Tejada, the Rangers rally in the 8th and 9th innings were snuffed out. In the 8th I felt we were in the groove, coming back well, and then Tejada made a play he shouldn’t have, causing a double play, effectively snuffing out our rally.
I felt the error in the first set the tone for the game – we never caught up after that, although we hung tough. We played good for the most part, but the error early put us in a hole we never escaped (sounds like a version of the entire season, eh?) Anyway, that was about it. Matt Perisho was “ok” – nothing stellar, but he wasn’t totally horrible, either. He’ll pitch again, I’m sure.
We did a few things cool. Pudge set a new franchise record for doubles by a player, and Rusty Greer extended his record of consecutive multi hit games to 9. Let’s hope we can win tomorrow night, otherwise it might all be over early.

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G73: Rangers beat Tampa Bay, 9-5

Due to work pressures, I won’t have time to write about this game. Was nice to get a win, however.

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G72: Rangers drop another against Devil Rays, 9-7

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

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G70: Rangers at three in a row now, with 3-2 win

Due to work pressures, I won’t have time to write about this game. However, I will say this. That bizarre running play by the Twins cost us the game. That’s too bad, as it was a great game of baseball – we lost, but a great game as a “fan of baseball” to watch.

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G69: OK, two wins in a row now. 7-5

I didn’t see this game, as Fox Sports Southwest showed the Astros game last night – plus with the storms, the satellite feed was screwed up and half that game wasn’t watchable – so my wife and I watched a 007 movie on DVD. :)
Was nice to see two wins in a row – which is rare anymore (sadly). In looking at the box score, I see that Pudge went 1 for 5, dropping his average to a mere .369 :), David Segui went 3 for 4, and Gabe Kapler had an ofer. Loaiza went 6 innings, giving up 3 runs, which technically qualifies for Quality Start, but my guess is that it didn’t really come down like that. :)
Let’s hope we can get a sweep tomorrow. Would be nice, given that 30 day edict that Tom Hicks gave the other day.

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G68: Rangers beat Twins, 5-2

This was a nice win on all factors. I was out at the Temple last night for the game, and it just felt good coming in. You know, that feeling you get when you go to a game, and you’re just having a good time? I had that feeling. This was the first game I went to with my wife in almost a month (as she was out of town for a few weeks). That alone makes me feel good. The Rangers came out, and for some reason, just looked like a team that wanted to win, not a team that was “OH crap, how are we going to win?” which was the vibe I’d seen the last couple of weeks.
Kenny Rogers came out, and wasn’t totally dominating in the first two innings, but after that, owned the game. He had about 40 or so pitches the first two innings, but then figured it out, and retired 13 straight batters before walking the leadoff guy in the 9th, then giving up a double, and coming out of the game in the 9th to a standing ovation. He looked great, and pitched an awesome game, going 8+ innings, 5 hits, and 2 runs. A great performance. John Wetteland came in, and retired all the batters he faced (although one was a sac fly). He too looked good (although not dominating). This performance dropped Kenny Rogers’ ERA to under 4. These days an ERA that starts with 3 means you’re a $10 million pitcher. :D
Gabe Kapler continues to make up for lost time after being on the DL. He went 2 for 4 again, with his fourth home run of the season. All four of his home runs have come at home, with the first three being all in April. I’ve been there for all four of them with my wife. Pudge had an off night for him, going only 1 for 4. Mike Lamb was 2 for 3. Everyone had at least one hit, which is nice to see. I like evenly spread stuff like that.
Again, I had a great time at the game last night – was nice to be back out at the Temple. The only thing I don’t like about the place is that it’s 38 miles away from where I live in Garland.

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G71: Luis Alicea gets inside the parker; Rangrers lose 7-4

Due to work pressures, I won’t have time to write about this game. However, it was cool to see Luis Alicea get the first Ranger hit inside the park home run since the Ballpark opened in 1994.

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G67: Rangers back to losing again with 6-1 game

Our short winning streak of one game is over. :( I missed a lot of this game due to falling asleep on the couch from some medication my doctor has me on. Didn’t look like I missed much.
Rick Helling got burnt on a really bad throw by Luis Alicea leading to the four run inning the Devil Rays put up late to put the game away. Other than that, this really didn’t seem like all that bad of a game, despite the score. Rick only allowed two earned runs, but had to leave early because we were down 6-2. That’s too bad, as Rick has turned into “Mr. Lack of Run Support” this year. He could be up near 11 wins if it weren’t for the lack of run support. :(
Kapler went 1 for 3 – I’m really pulling for him to get his average up (he’s at 238 now). Pudge “only” went 1 for 4, and Rusty went 2 for 4. All coming along nicely.
Oh well, back home against the Twins. Let’s see if we can win any of those. (Grumble, Grumble)

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G66: Rangers break losing streak with 5-0 shutout win

Perhaps the solution to Matt Perisho is to put him in the rotation. Hmm.. If we can get this from him, and what we got from Ryan Glynn a week ago or so, our pitching would be much better off! This is a Matt Perisho I don’t think we’ve ever seen in the show at all.
Matt went six strong innings, giving up only two hits, while striking out 6, and walking three. An excellent outing for him – in fact, I’d wager he’d pitch more, but he hasn’t started at all this year, so his pitch count was a big deal, I’m sure. Crabby and Wetteland finished out the final three frames, allowing only one hit between the two of them, with two more K’s. An extremely well pitched game, the kind of game that makes the rest of the games look particularly annoying, as the pitching is there, we’re just not executing all the time.
On the other side of the coin, we had Pudge going 2 for 4, Rusty going 2 for 5, and Gabe Kapler going 3 for 5. Gabe’s got his average up about 35 points since coming back from the DL, Rusty’s is up, too, and Pudge continues to hover around 385 or so. Our hitting looks like it’s starting to come around (although Dave Martinez is now 0 for his last 18).
Overall, an excellent game – we needed a win.

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G65: Nine in a row. 9-2 loss to Tampa Bay. Ouch.

Nine in a row. One more, and we hit double digit consecutive losses. Blech. And quite frankly, with Matt Perisho pitching tomorrow, I’m thrilled with our prospects of winning.
The start of this game felt like the end of the last one. A ton of runs. It was as if we didn’t stop playing. Down 5-0 immediately, and we didn’t recover. That’s about all I have to say about this one.

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G64: Rangers stink. Lose 10-1 to Orioles for 8th in a row.

With eight in a row in the loss column, it’s getting harder and harder to write about losing. If I were a paid sportswriter, I’d probably try harder, but since I’m just a fan doing it for the hell of it – it’s getting harder to write about a game where we lose 10-1, and quite frankly, didn’t seem to really show up at all.
The only thing that I thought was really good was the fact that Esteban Loaiza came out again after a 2 hour rain delay and pitched again, and was better than before the rain. Unfortunately, after he left, we gave up like 8 walks and a hit batter in two innings, including another grand slam to Albert Belle (he had one last night).
About the only good thing I have to say about last night’s game is that Gabe Kapler played hard, and is looking like he’s finally coming around – and that the two home runs Albert Belle hit raised $100,000 for prostate cancer research (according to the TV guys).
That’s about it.