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G124: Two in a row against Toronto with 8-4 win

While Aaron Myette didn’t sparkle, it was nice to see the Rangers get a win.
Seemed to be the hit batter game, as there was a total of 5 players hit on both sides. None seemed intentional to me, but the press is making it out to be a beanball fest. There was also five home runs in this game, three for the Rangers. Raffy, Arod, & Mike Lamb hit home runs.
Wasn’t a terribly exciting game to watch (I kept flipping over to Astros/Pirates, which wasn’t much better as it was a blowout). However, the wife was out seeing a movie with a friend, so it was nice seeing some baseball by myself. Sorry, not much commentary from me, today’s yet another horribly busy day at work.
Also, we get Roger Clemens on Monday night (along with El Duque & Pedro Martinez) this coming week. Oh joy! :)

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G123: Rangers finally win again, 12-5 over Toronto

Rob Bell is starting to look like the player we traded away to get him. He’s playing sloppy, has moments of brilliance, but hasn’t ever put it together totally. However, I’m not down on him yet, I still feel he will be great, but with the performance today, it’s hard to tell. Of the five runs the Jays scored, three were a direct result of Rob Bell’s wild pitches. All three came with someone on third – who then scored. That is not good.
I missed the start of this game, as I was TiVoing the Astros/Pirates game, which overlapped the start of the Rangers game, so when I started watching, it was 1-0, and I came in just in time to see Bell’s two wild pitch runs in the first. That didn’t set me up in a good mood. However, I was OK with the game as it progressed – going into the bottom of the sixth, we were only down 3-1, with our sticks, I could deal with that. However, we then went down 5-1, which is also not that big of a deal, but the wind was kind of out of my sails. I started skipping through the game, but started watching again in the top of the 8th. Glad I did..
We put three across in the top of the eighth – although it should have been more, Raul Mondesi made a great catch on Pudge with the bases loaded in right, not allowing anyone to score, although Sierra came through right after that with a two run single.
Pudge got another chance in the ninth – Billy “I have the stupidest beard of all time” Koch was in, and I expected us to lose, being down 5-4. However, he was not himself. We scored the tying run on a Catalonotto single, and then after Arod was intentionally walked to load the bases, Raffy reached on an infield single, giving us the go ahead run. Then, Pudge coming up for the second straight inning with the bases loaded did not disappoint. A grand slam of epic proportions – it was one of those instant “Goodbye” balls – a serious grand slam, putting a major exclamation point on this win. I didn’t get to see any more, as the program ended on my TiVo (there was something else I really wanted to watch at 6PM, which is about when this happened), but I see that there was another home run in the 9th, giving us two more runs, for a total of 12. Really nice finish, I’m glad I didn’t bail out on the game earlier.

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G122: Rangers lose again, but to new team, 11-3

Having a TiVo affords you certain luxuries when watching a baseball game gone bad. When things are ugly, you can skip past bad parts in a hurry if you want. Lately I’ve found myself doing that more and more. When the Rangers fell behind, I started getting bored, and was skipping through a lot. It’s to the point where I almost don’t even want to watch the Rangers in the field, because the pitching is mostly horrible.
As the game started, I was underwhelmed by the pitching matchup – a mostly failed Rangers pitching duel – Loaiza vs. Oliver. Yawn. However, Loaiza pitched long, if not spectuacularly. He gave up a couple of runs in the first inning (as did Oliver), but that was all Loaiza gave up. Oliver, on the other hand, gave up a few. Then someone came on who I don’t have a lot of confidence in anymore – Pat Mahomes. He gave up FOUR home runs in one inning. At this point, I was already watching the game in 60x speed, so I got to see him give them all up in the span of like 10 seconds. :)
That’s about the only positive thing about this game other than Arod’s two solo home runs.
Oh yeah, former Ranger Jeff Frye hit for the cycle – there was a lot of junk in the press about him holding up for a single when he clearly could have had a double. Feh – I think he did exactly what he should have done. At that point there was nothing left teamwise to go for, he should have eased up and stayed with the single for the cycle. Good for him.

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G121: Rangers lose AGAIN to White Sox, 7-5

Ugh – another loss. It’s really hard to continue to write daily about a team that loses so much, but as I’m a fan, and not actually getting paid for this, I can decide if I don’t want to write. However, I don’t want to be like Dallas Cowboy fans and care only when their team is winning, so I plow on – but it is hard to write about a team that loses so much. :)
I watched the start of this game, feeling that we’d have a good shot at winning – because Doug Davis, our most reliable pitcher lately was on the mound. IN the start of the game it went pretty good, but in typical Ranger fashion they wore us down, but it again didn’t feel like we got blown away, you’re watching the game and you go, “just when did we lose this game”? I stopped watching for awhile, and then tuned back in, and we had taken the lead, but gave it back up again. Methinks there will be major changes in the bullpen during the offseason.

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G120: Rangers lose close one to Chicago, 6-5

I don’t have the time to write commentary for this game either, as I’m still working on the big project at work today. However, it was another Ranger loss – there’s too many of them this year. 68 is about what you should have for an entire season, not your total at Aug 14th.

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G119: Rangers drop game to White Sox, 7-4

I’m back. First off, let me say that I was away on vacation from Aug 3rd to August 10th. I decided not to cover the games from that time, as well as the Indians series at home due to the fact that I wanted a break. Since returning, I’ve been obscenely busy (working a 20 hr day, and a 16 hour day back to back), and I felt I didn’t have the time to go back and update these games.
Because of that, I have no actual commentary for this game either – as I was up at work, and couldn’t pay attention to the game. I had it on, but I couldn’t really listen to it, because I had so much going on at the time.

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G108: Rangers surprise everyone, beat New York 12-2

Oh my!
Day games are tough for me, because I have to work, so I can’t always pay attention. TOday was no exception. However, I caught enough of it – what a blastfest! Four home runs to answer the Yanks 5 last night. We had 18 hits, they only had four. What a thumping!
Kapler had his first home run since June 21st, and overall, our offense was clicking very well. I wish I could have watched it on TV. :)
We won a series in NY for the first time since 1993 – it was really nice to see them win up in New York. Hopefully when we get back to the playoffs, we don’t have such a problem up here.

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G107: Rangers lose high scoring game to Yanks, 9-7

I didn’t get to hear much of this one, as I was busy prepping for a vacation – plus it wasn’t on TV.
This one can be summed up in a bad performance by Rob Bell – giving up 5 home runs – not good. Surprisingly, we didn’t lie down and die – we made an effort of it late, after we were down 8-1, but not enough of a comeback.

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G106: Rangers beat the Bronx Bombers, 6-2

Oh, the joy of beating the Yankees in Yankee stadium! Oh, the irritation that the Red Sox lost, and couldn’t take advantage of it.
When this game started, I feared the worst. Darren Oliver in Yankee Stadium? I had the feeling of 9-2 going into this game. And, the way it started, I felt I was right – Ted Lilly was perfect through the first four innings or so.
However, Raffy broke that up with a big majestic HR into the upper deck in right field. A couple of innings later, Arod jacked one, as did Pudge to put us up 4-2. We scored a few more runs in the ninth for insurance, and Venafro had some trouble in the bottom of the ninth, so Zim came in, and got a save anyway.
Great game – especially beating the Yankees!

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G105: Rangers top Orioles, 6-4

I didn’t get to see much of this game (only the 10th & 11th innings), as my wife had some company over. Still, it was nice seeing an extra inning win – usually extra innings means losses.

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G104: Rick Helling masterful on the way to 2-0 win

Hey – someone found Rick Helling! Where was he hiding, because that guy wearing #32 for the first two months of the season wasn’t Rick Helling at all.
This is more like it – this is the kind of pitching we were supposed to be getting from Rick & Kenny. If that were the case, we might be making a push for the playoffs, instead of making a push for the playoffs in 2003 in 2001.
What more can you say about this game? Rick Helling was masterful, not allowing any runs. Craig Munroe hit his first major league hit – a home run with his family in attendance. Craig also made a really great defensive catch in right – while it initally looked like it saved a HR, it didn’t – that ball wouldn’t have gone over the fence, but it was a great catch anyway.
This was our first complete game shutout in quite some time – they were bandying around 1998 & 1999 on the TV. IT’s been something like 300 some odd games since the last one. Yikes!
Tampa’s Joe Kennedy looked really great, too – another good young pitcher they appear to have there. This was the game I thought I was going to last week, but I ended up going to Saturday’s game – a loss. Figures. :)

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G103: I witness Rangers loss to Rays, 7-3

The Rangers end up having a 6-1 homestand. Which game do I attend? That’s right – the 1. Figures.
Going into this game, I figured we’d either have a well pitched game, or a fiasco. That’s usually the case when you get two pretty young ptichers going at each other. And for awhile, that’s what we got. Aaron Myette looked really good, not totally dominating, mind you – but still an impressive performance. Tampa’s Nick Bierbrodt also pitched really well – so far looks like a great pickup for them.
We were losing, and going into the bottom of the ninth, we managed to pick up a couple of runs to tie it at 3 and send it into extra innings. However, Kevin Foster (who I doubt will be here next year) managed to completely blow the game – it all fell apart after he was covering first and came off the bag due to an errant throw. After that, we gave up some more runs for a total of 4 – it seemed to sap the life we got from tying the game in the bottom of the ninth. A wasted effort, but overall a pretty decently pitched game (except for Foster).
Ruben Sierra did have to go on the DL, and was replaced by Craig Munroe from AAA. His first game was tonight, but was pretty much a non factor, going 0-3, and not even having a defensive chance in right field.

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G102: Rangers beat Rays 13-7 despite Ben Grieve grand slam

Ben Grieve had a grand slam – he only ever seems to hit well when he’s here – why not sign him up, and have him play right field? His lack of arm strength shouldn’t be that big of an issue there.
The sticks were out for us – that’s good, because Rob Bell had probably his weakest appearance as a Ranger, yet still won the game. Overall, it was a pretty sloppy contest, with Rob giving up 7ER in 7 innings, although Juan Moreno & Brandon Villafuerte nailed down the remaining two innings, not giving up anything.
Nice to see Mike Young with a triple, although it was NOT nice seeing Ruben Sierra have to come out of the game – that’s probably a trip to the DL for him, which I did NOT want to see at all.

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G101: Rangers sweep Orioles with 9-7 win

I don’t have time to sit down and write a commentary on this one, as I’m terribly busy at work with Max Payne being released (I work for 3D Realms a PC computer game maker, if you didn’t know).
Was nice to see Cal hit a home run – what an awesome player!

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G99: Rangers take Game 1 of DH, 6-5

I don’t have time to sit down and write a commentary on this one, as I’m terribly busy at work with Max Payne being released (I work for 3D Realms a PC computer game maker, if you didn’t know).
All I’ll say is Thank you Red Sox for Justin Duchscherer!

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G100: Rangers sweep DH with 5-2 win over O’s

I don’t have time to sit down and write a commentary on this one, as I’m terribly busy at work with Max Payne being released (I work for 3D Realms a PC computer game maker, if you didn’t know).

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G98: Rangers take wild one against Orioles, 8-7

I really want to write about this game, but at the moment, I can’t. I’ve been up practically all night (it’s 11:15AM as I write this) – I was here overnight at work shipping product.
However, I can say this. The Cal locker thing is bizarre, this was a big see-saw game, I really thought we’d lost it about three times, but we managed to come back and win on a pinch hit by Velarde, and Zimmerman really pulled a Wetteland before getting the save.

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G97: Pat Mahomes gives up slam; Rangers lose 7-4 to Tampa

I started off watching this game on TV at home, then had to go to the office. When I got to the office, our Jeckyll & Hyde pitcher, Pat Mahomes gave up a grand slam. Blech. After that I didn’t really care anymore, and started listening to the Phillies / Mets game on the Internet. :)

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G96: Rangers lose ugly and great game to Rays, 2-1

What an ugly, ugly game. What a great, great game.
I was watching this and was utterly shocked that Darren Oliver was perfect through 5+ innings. I actually started to think that he might pitch something special, and then he lost perfect, no hit, & shutout all at once with a solo home run given up in the 6th. He also gave up another solo home run later on, but pitched an 8 inning complete game, losing 2-1. Darren gave up only three hits the whole game, but unfortunately, two were solo home runs.
And, the Rays shut us down even more, allowing only a single Ranger run. I felt really really bad for Darren Oliver. This kind of pitching may have increased his stock for a trade. I wouldn’t mind trading away that moeny, and giving some of it to Pudge, as the papers this morning are starting to sound ugly about the possibility of Pudge being out of here.
Again, a very annoying loss, but a great great baseball game.

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Second game of doubleheader postponed

BALTIMORE (TICKER) — The second game of the Baltimore Orioles’ day-night doubleheader with the Texas Rangers has been postponed due to a train derailment near the stadium that has forced the evacuation of the ballpark.
Citing the derailment and potential hydrochloric acid spill, the Orioles postponed Wednesday’s game just hours after the completion of a 6-4 loss in the opener.
Wednesday’s night game will be made up as part of a day-night doubleheader on Thursday. The first game is scheduled for 1:05 p.m. with the night game getting underway at 7:05 p.m.
Pitching matchups for both games have not been detailed.

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G95: Rangers take first game against Rays, 4-1

We get back to baseball after some delays in Baltimore. It seemed like a week, but it was actually only one day off. Anyway, we get back to the game with a nice 4-1 win in Tampa Bay. Now, granted, when you’re playing the team with the worst record in all of ball, you’re expected to win, but I’ll take the win just the same.
There was a real nice game pitched by Doug Davis, who is looking really good lately, going 8 innings, and giving up just a single run. Jeff ZImmerman came in for the save, and was spectacular.
Don’t know what else to say about this one – a real nice game all around.

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Both games of Jul 19th DH postponed

Thursday’s 12:05 p.m. game against Baltimore has been postponed because of a train derailment and water main breakage near Camden Yards that happened Wednesday. As of 8:30 a.m. Thursday, the 6:05 p.m. game still was scheduled to be played. The day game had been postponed from Wednesday because heavy, black smoke billowed above Oriole Park after three train cars derailed in a tunnel and began leaking hazardous materials. As of Thursday morning, the train cars were still leaking and on fire in the tunnel. Doug Davis (4-7, 4.95) is scheduled to pitch for the Rangers on Thursday. Aaron Myette was originally scheduled to pitch the second game of the Baltimore series. Texas defeated Baltimore, 6-4, on Wednesday afternoon in Game 1 of the series.

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G94: Rangers take opener against Orioles, 6-4

I didn’t get to listen very well to this game, as I was working at the time, but it seemed that Rick Helling had a decent, if not great day, our bullpen is still going strong, and Catalanotto & Pudge had excellent games. Some nice defense too from both sides – looking forward to the old uniforms in Game 2. :)

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G93: Rangers blown out by Giants, 10-2

Another stinker. Kenny Rogers is really starting to pitch poorly in his last few starts. With his back problems of late, I wonder if he’s not hurt?

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G92: Rob Bell pitches Rangers past Giants, 2-0

What else can you say about this one? Hello Rob Bell!
Rob comes within a single pitch of getting the first complete game shutout by a Rangers starter in a long long time. Jerry Narron pulled Bell after 8.2 innings for Zimmerman. I would have loved to have him stay in there (as would everyone else at the park by the booing), but ultimately, we got the win, the shutout, and Bell was masterful!
Allowing only 6 hits over 8.2 innings, Rob Bell was awesome! About the only negative thing you could say was that he walked five batters (three of which were Bonds), but it didn’t seem to hurt him at all. At the moment, Melvin looks like a genius again, trading away Ruben Mateo, and getting a good, decent young pitcher in return. He must have worn out his welcome with the Reds, because the way he looked last night, I can’t imagine why they’d trade him away.
Anyway, it was great! Really hope he can keep this up, now that he’s had two great starts in a row.