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G162: Rangers win 4-3, deny Mariners season win record.

We finished out the 2001 season with a win. A big win, as it denied the Mariners the all time record for number of wins in a season. As impressive as 116 wins is, I quite honestly don’t believe they deserved the all time record. The reason is that the 1906 Cubs who also have 116 wins did it much better, doing it in less games than the Mariners took to get 116. If the ’06 Cubs had played 162 wins, I’d say it’s a fair bet that they would have gotten to 120 wins, or given their percentage, possibly 125. Even if the Mariners had gotten 117, I don’t know if it would have meant as much. For me, it would have been one of those asterisk awards.
Raffy got a home run, his 47th, and combined with Arod’s 53, they had a total of 100 HR’s, which was really nice to see from the #3 & #5 hitters! Overall, there’s not a whole lot else to talk about for this game.
The only other story was the announced firing of Doug Melvin before the game. This came as a big surprise to me, and somewhat of a disappointment. I really liked Melvin, and I’m concerned that he’ll go elsewhere, and finish the job he started here with someone else’s team. :(

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G160: Guess what? Rangers lose. 6-2 to M’s

Didn’t watch this game, even though there’s only two left. I’m probably not watching Saturday’s game either, but I will be watching the last one of the season on Sunday.

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G159: Rangers lose a major stinkfest to Mariners, 16-1

The less said about this one, the better.

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G161: Rangers shut out for first time in season; 1-0

Boy, what a time to lose a game like this. This is the kind of game that’s made for the playoffs, and yet it’s the 88th loss of our season. Doug Davis was marvelous, giving up only a solo home run, and going all the way.
Not much else to say about this one, except we were finally shut out for the first time this season – I was really hoping we could have pulled that one off. :(

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G158: Rangers lose to A’s again, 5-4

Another game – another mediocre pitching performance by us, and another loss.
Sounds familiar, eh?
Oh yeah, we’re forty one games out first now.

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G157: Rangers lose in Oakland, 9-4

Well, normally you’d want to play baseball in October. However, when your team is this far out, and this far behind, it’s not the kind of baseball you want to play.
Darren Oliver against Barry Zito. Gee, I wonder who will win this one? Zito was his usual great pitcher. Oliver was his usual not so great pitcher – giving up 7 runs and 9 hits in 5.1 innings.
It’s getting pretty hard to write about these guys given what kind of season they’ve had. Yeah, I know they’re playing hard and all, but as a fan, I’m a bit burnt out writing about them losing. :(

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G156: Rangers win 8-6 over Anaheim Angels

Didn’t get to see any of this game, but it was nice to get a win. There’s still an outside shot we could escape the basement this season, but we’d have to win just about all of our final six games, all against Oakland & Seattle. Most likely not happening.

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G155: Rangers lose ugly to Angels, 13-2

Yuck!

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G154: Arod hits 50th HR on the way to 11-2 win

Home runs all over the place on this one. Arod hit his 50th in the first, Carlos Pena got his third, Raffy had his 46th – hell, even Scott Sheldon got in the act!
I’m writing this 5 days later, I don’t remember much about this one than all the home runs. :)

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G153: Rangers lose home season finale, 7-5 to Mariners

Didn’t get to go to the final home game of the season, due to the fact that I have a bowling league that starts at 6PM, and there would have been no way to get from Arlington to Garland within an hour, especially at rush hour traffic. Turns out the game wasn’t over until 5:35PM anyway, and unless Mr. Hicks was going to fly me by helicopter back to Garland, I couldn’t go.
We ended up the home season 41-41. Not all that bad I guess considering our overall record. Hope we do better next year.

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G152: Rangers lose BIG to Seattle, 13-2

About the only positive thing you can say about this game is that we still have not been shut out this year. Oh yeah, Danny Kolb & Juan Moreno were really good out of the bullpen. Other than that – we sucked. :)
This was bittersweet for me, as it was the last baseball game I’ll be going to until next April. I’ll really miss it. I would have gone to the Wed final home game, but it’s at 2PM. I have a bowling league on Wed, and I have to be there at 6PM. Not enough time to get from Arlington to Garland. :(

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G151: Rangers lose to Mariners in opener, 9-3

Well, after the sweep of Anaheim, I guess we’re back to reality with the Mariners coming in.
We lost this game – and it showed – we lookd pretty bad out there. I was at the game, but I admit I didn’t pay as much attention, as I was with a friend of mine who I tend to talk a lot with, so I was missing big chunks of the game.
Didn’t miss much from the looks of the wire reports.

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G150: Rangers sweep Angels with 5-2 win

I didn’t see or hear any of this game due to being over some friends’ house and watching football.
However, it was really nice to see that Arod broke the HR records of both Ernie Banks, as well as the Ranger team record. Looking good for the first 50 HR season by any Ranger player ever. Raffy continues to hit HR’s lately too, getting his 45th.
Rick Helling was great again, going 7 innings, and giving up only one run – he left with 98 pitches, I wonder why he left early?

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G149: Rangers win again against Angels, 5-4

I didn’t see or hear any of this game, but in looking at the box score, I see Raffy really opened it up with two home runs, as well as 3 RBI’s. Aaron Myette pitched pretty good, going 7 and giving up 4. Overall a nice win, although I didn’t see any of it. :)

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G148: Rangers win wild one against Anaheim, 9-8

I was at this game, one of the last of the season I’m going to. Kind of bittersweet having baseball back after the national tragedy, yet being so close to being over for the season as well. I might feel different if the Rangers had any playoff hopes left.
Anyway, Rob Bell continued to pitch mediocre, he wasn’t horrible, but he wasn’t great. Arod on the other hand tied Ernie Banks’ SS HR record with his 47th, and Carlos Pena had a real mixed bag. He fell a HR short of the cycle, but had a really rough time in the field. He’s young, he’ll put it together eventually.

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G147: Rangers lose 7-2 game to Oakland

I didn’t see or hear any of this game – I was watching some other TV this evening – Whose Line is it Anyway, followed by the President, and then my wife watched Big Brother 2’s finale – by that point, I wasn’t interested in watching what was left of the game, and by the score, eh – I didn’t miss anything. :)
Looking at the boxscore, I see Raffy had another home run, and Mike Young went 3 for 4, in addition to Ruben Sierra going 2 for 4 with an RBI. Not particularly stellar offensive performance overall, but still was nice to see another HR by the Rangers. Pitching wise, two folks who have turned out to be busts gave up the runs – Darren Oliver & Mark Petkovsek. Mark gave up three in one inning (on a HR to Eric Chavez).
I’m going to the game Friday night against the Angels. Hopefully we win that.

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G146: Rangers win second game back against A’s, 10-4

Game two back after the rather unscheduled break, and the Rangers big bats came out in a big way.
I didn’t see much of this, as I was at my bowling league, and was 10 lanes away from the closest TV, but what little I saw looked good. Doug Davis continued to look good early. I’m very confident in him now – moreso than some of our regulars (Helling/Rogers). Arod hit his 46th HR of the year, which I think puts him one behind Jim Thome, as well as Ernie Banks for the all time HR record by a shortstop.
I got home from bowling, and turned the latter part of the game on, and saw the two home runs by Pena & Haselman. Overall a good game to win – kept the A’s from clinching the Wild Card a little, although the Mariners officially clinched the West last night thanks to us. :)

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G145: Rangers lose first game back, 6-5

NOTE: I had taken a break from doing game commentary again after the August 26th game, and I was going to start again around mid September, then 9/11 happened, so there was a larger than usual break. This was the first game the Rangers played after the 9/11 attacks.
Well, this game wasn’t really about who won or lost. It was about playing baseball again. A lot has been said in the media about getting back to normal, and I agree with that – however, I also feel that baseball should carry on no matter what happens to this country. I also believe that the crisis in our nation right now will make a labor agreement much easier to reach – or at least it should be. I don’t think anyone, even the biggest MLB supporters, will have the stomach for a bunch of millionaires whining and bitching at each other over how much more money they should make.
Last night however, my wife and I attended a Rangers & A’s game in Arlington. My wife had found some US flag stickers, and I put one on the back of my Rangers cap (I wore the blue cap with red & white “T” lettering, as well as a red T-Shirt, so I was Red White & Blue). We also had brought a flag or two from home, as we weren’t sure how many flags we’d get given at the Ballpark. Anyway, as we were walking up, I could see the gate in the distance, and it looked to me like Ranger players were at the gate – as we got closer, I could tell that Ranger players were at the gate. It didn’t occur to me that the players might be handing out flags. But they were. It was very cool to see the Rangers handing out flags to folks entering the park. I got my first flag from Arod (who is MUCH MUCH taller than he seems on TV when you’re standing right next to him). I also got one from Mike Lamb. I stood there and watched the players (I was at the first base gate) hand out flags for awhile, and it was pretty cool. I also went up and talked to Mike Lamb & Mike Young for a minute or two. Didn’t want to bother them, but I did want to say hi. My wife got a flag from Kenny Rogers who also patted her on the back and said thanks for coming, which made my wife feel really good. Was nice to see the players handing out flags. One note though – there were a lot of cameras there, mostly all pointed at ARod. That’s fine and all, but let’s pay attention to some of the other players there. My wife and I then ended up walking to home plate and the third base entrance to see who was there. Home plate had Ruben Sierra, Raffy, & Pudge (on a crutch). Gabe Kapler was there, who is my wife’s (and probably a lot of other women’s) favorite player. He was just kind of walking around, not saying anything, so I walked up to him and wished him well on his baby on the way (which I had read in the paper) – he seemed appreciative of that and thanked me. Of course, my wife is just standing there going ah-ga-ga-ga, too afraid to say something, apparently. I tried to break the ice by saying hi to Gabe, but she still didn’t say anything more than “Hello”. :)
Anyway, it was great seeing the players there – and the pregame stuff was even more emotional. I’m not generally a person to wear my emotions on my sleeve, but I teared up pretty good with the pregame video – and I even sung the national anthem – most people don’t. Also, for the first time in a long time, I didn’t feel like going “STARS” when they got to that part of the song. Overall, was a very nice ceremony, and I felt for Pat Mahomes, who had a NYPD cap on.
All in all a very emotional night, and I’m glad they still did the stuff after the hour rain delay to start the game. Don’t even care much about the actual game itself, you can read the commentaries below for that – I was just glad to be back out at the Ballpark.

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G131: Rangers beat Sox again, 5-4

I didn’t see any of this game as I was over a friend’s house for a dinner party. Won’t say anything suffice it to say that we beat Pedro. Even though he wasn’t at his best, that’s always good to beat one of the top pitchers.
Of course, taking 2 of 3 from Boston helps the Yankees which I didn’t want to do. :(

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G130: Rangers beat Red Sox in 18 innings, 8-7

Where do I go with this one? Yeesh!

I went to this game with my wife, who was a major trooper about the length of the thing. I was meeting some friends from online at this game. Turns out it was the first EVER baseball game for the woman who went. Boy, what a first ever game to go to, eh? 18 innings. We won in a spectacular fashion in the bottom of the 18th. Well, maybe not that spectacular, but given how long it’d been going on, we were kind of glad that it had ended. :)

I’m not going to recap the entire game, the summaries below do that well enough. However, there were two totally spectacular defensive plays in the 17th inning by our guys to keep it going – plus a great pickoff by Chris Michalak (two days in a row for that). Arod had the kind of defensive play you see in the first inning, and Chad Curtis had a dive that was also an early inning play, not a 17th inning play. Kudos to both those guys for running it out like that at 1AM!

One thing about this game.. I’ve always wondered during a game how many balls are used during a game. Tonight I decided to count. I kept track of all the balls that were used during the actual game itself. Not counting the ones that were tossed around between innings, just actual game balls. I don’t have my scorecard with me as I write this, but I’m pretty sure it was around 145. I also counted the total pitches for the game, and I’d see three figures on ESPN, MLB, and the AP wire. My count was higher than all of them – all of the ones I listed were all different, too. I counted about 657. Someone else had 602, and someone else had 62something. Either way, it was a lot – I’m never doing that again!

What was interesting about this game is that after we got to the 14th and beyond it became a communal experience for those of us left in the stands (yeah, my wife and I (and my friends) were there till the end). My wife was ready to pass out, and was desperately hoping for the end of the game for quite awhile . However, everyone who was left started talking to each other about who was left to play, and various other baseball things. It was most cool. It turned out to be the longest game (by time) in Rangers history, so it was kind of cool to be there for that!

Oh yeah, speaking of my wife… She really REALLY wanted to see Nomar play, and out of all the players Boston had, he was the only one not used (save for some starting pitchers). That really bummed her out, as Nomar is probably her favorite player.

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G129: Rangers lose to Sox, 7-4 – I get bobblehead

Well, this was bobblehead night. I decided to attend this – figured I’d get one. I wanted the Nolan Ryan one, but the game started while I was in the air coming home from vacation. So I headed out early and got mine. I had bought a $5 ticket, but when I did, I was told the entire first 7 rows up in the $5 sections (341-345) were sold out. I wonder how many of those were people who came for the bobbleheads and left. Last time I checked, Pudge bobbleheads on Ebay were getting a few bucks. I’m keeping mine.
As for the game itself.. It was a really great game until the 8th inning. I’ve always said playing Boston brings out the best in both teams, and through 7, we had a great tight game. It was 4-3 Texas at that point, but then we blew it in the 8th giving up a grand slam to Trot Nixon. That pretty much sums it up. :)
Hideo Nomo was brilliant through 6 – not giving up much of anything. At one point, he had given up just two hits, both to Catalanotto. Aaron Myette didn’t look bad, either. Went 5.1 innings, giving up three earned runs. Michalak looked good with his pickoff move. Kolb on the other hand gave up the gopher ball which lost the game for us. Too bad, as he wasn’t awful, either.

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G128: Rangers lose to Yankees, 5-2

N/A

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G127: Yankees don’t play like themselves, lose 8-1 to Rangers

The Yankees looked really un Yankee like in this game. Never mind the fact that they lost, they just looked sloppy as hell. They most certainly did NOT look like the three time defending World Champions. Not at all.
Darren Oliver looked like the Yankees usually look to us – which was his first win in almost a month. While we scored eight times, we didn’t have any home runs, and only two extra base hits during this entire game.
Figures – if we end up winning on Thursday, I can say that I went to the one game the Yankees won this series. Bummer. :)

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G126: Texas homers its way to a 13-3 bombing of the Bombers

Why couldn’t they have done this last night?
I was working again in the evening, so I couldn’t pay a lot of attention to this, but it was nice to hear the Rangers blast off so many times against the Yankees and El Duque. In fact, I’m just going to list the home runs from the box score. THat about sums up this game pretty damn well, except for Ruben Sierra’s 5-5 with 2 HR night. What a night for him!
ALEX RODRIGUEZ (38) OFF O HERNANDEZ IN THE 1ST, 1 ON
FRANK CATALANOTTO (9) OFF O HERNANDEZ IN THE 2ND, 1 ON
RAFAEL PALMEIRO (33) OFF O HERNANDEZ IN THE 3RD, 0 ON
RUBEN SIERRA (15) OFF O HERNANDEZ IN THE 3RD, 0 ON
RUBEN SIERRA (16) OFF WOHLERS IN THE 8TH, 0 ON

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G125: Rangers lose game for my birthday, 9-5

#@)(%*)@$%(‘ing Yankees!
Dammit! Today was my birthday. I’ve always had this tradition of going to a baseball game on my birthday (or as close to it as possible). Even though we were up against Roger Clemens, I thought we’d make a game out of it. And after the game started, I thought we were going to win it!
It was an awesome game up until the 8th inning. After that point it all fell apart. Rick Helling looked great – he gave up one home run ball, but then lost it after 5, and ended up giving up four runs. Danny Kolb came in, and was spectacular! He went 1.2 innings, with three strikeouts in a span of five batters. The usually good Juan Moreno came in and the Yankees lit him up bg time. A few home runs eliminated our lead, and we never recovered. The wind seemed to be gone. And to cap off the weirdness, Pat Mahomes came in and didn’t give up anything. Go figure!