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G162: Pudge’s Ranger finale ends with 8-7 loss

This game definitely seemed like the Pudge show. I figured the fans would give Pudge some love here, and they did. Pudge got a standing ovation when he came to bat for the first time. He tipped his helmet to everyone, and then got to business. The fans gave him a standing ovation every time he came up. Surprised me, but was nice to see. Pudge actually wasn’t having a great game, as he tossed a ball into center on a steal attempt, and a ball got by him. However, he “redeemed” himself at the end of the game with a home run in his penultimate at bat of the game, and then a double, which was almost a second home run to right center. He got thunderous applause after the home run, and Kevin Mench would not get into the batter’s box after him until he came out for a curtain call, which he did. In his final at bat, after the double, he stood at second base to another round of applause, and he got yet anothere standing O when he was taken out of the game for a pinch runner. Major Pudge love-fest going on at the Ballpark this day.
We were behind early (no shock there), especially after a Tejada grand slam. We were down 8-1 after 6.5 innings, and we put up a couple of runs in the 7th, one in the 8th, and then it got really interesting in the bottom of the ninth. We scored 3 runs to make it 8-7, and actually Todd Greene, who ran for Pudge, came up to bat. Had Pudge stayed in the game, he might have had a chance to hit a home run and win the game. It didn’t happen, but I don’t think it lessened anyone’s feelings for what happened today. Great game.
The one thing that concerned me was that the scoreboard said “Thanks Pudge” after his home run. It probably means nothing. It’s probably just one of the scoreboard folks putting some text up there. But still – the fact that the Rangers own scoreboard said Thanks Pudge was kind of an eerie omen!
Oh yeah – hi to the woman who came over and said hi to me at the game. She said she reads my site regularly, and I’m sorry I forgot your name, but it was nice to say hi to someone who reads the site! :)
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G161: Rangers lose big to A’s, 10-8

There were two games left in the season, so I decided to go to both of them. I already had tickets for Sunday’s game, but Saturday’s game I went and took a new digital camera and retook all the pics for my seat selector, and I’ll be putting them online this offseason.
Anyway, this was one of those games that was typical of the Rangers season. Crappy bullpen pitching, giving up more runs than the several we scored ourselves. We got out to a big lead early, but couldn’t hold it. We scored 7 in the first two innings, and then didn’t get any more until one late, but by that point, our pitching had let the game get away. :(
Miguel Tejada hit two home runs – to exactly the same spot in left field. In fact, the same guy got both balls – that was kind of cool! I did like being at the game, even though we lost. Kind of sad, as it was the last night game of the season. I’m going back again tomorrow for the finale, but this was an odd feeling, even though I have one more. Kind of the impending “Aaah – no more baseball games to go to” feeling I always have at the end of September.

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G160: Rangers lose to A’s, 3-2

Three games to go. All against the A’s. The A’s are .5 games behind the Yankees for best overall record in the AL, and homefield advantage. Do I want the Rangers to win any of these games and help the Yankees? Hell no! I want us to lose all three of these, and give the Yankees a big pfffft. Of course, I’d like to see Arod hit his three home runs to get to 60, but he didn’t get any tonight, so he needs three in the last two games. Unlikely, but you never know.
Overall, this was a pitching game again. Chan Ho Park was sloppy in the first, giving up two runs, but that was it, really. While he did give up one more run later on, he was pretty good after the first inning. Mark Mulder on the other hand, gave up nothing. He went 7 innings, giving up only 3 hits. We didn’t score anything until we made it very interesting in the bottom of the 9th, putting two runs up on the board. I was actually scared we’d win! :)
Two more to go.

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G159: Rangers lose to Angels, 10-5

Day games are hard for me (as regular readers know), because I’m working. I have it on on the radio, but it’s hard to pay attention. Plus when we went down by a lot of runs yesterday, I just kind of tuned out. :)
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G158: Rangers beat Angels, 4-3

Didn’t see much of this, as it was my bowling league night. However, I saw enough. Kenny Rogers pitched pretty well, in what could be his final start as a Ranger. Arod got #57, and Raffy got a HR, too. I could look at the box score and make up stories, but at the end of this bad season, I don’t really have the urge to write a lot. :)
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G157: Rangers win well pitched game 2-1. Doesn’t matter.

I was at the Ballpark for this game, and when it started, I told my wife this was either going to be a well pitched game, or a total fiasco. We got the well pitched game. I really didn’t think Benoit would hold on – I kept waiting for the other shoe to drop, and for him to give up 6 runs in an inning. However, he didn’t. He got some really key strikeouts to get out of some jams, and looked every bit the well seasoned major league pitcher would be. Thing is, we need to keep playing teams that are good. When Benoit plays the Tampa Bays or the Baltimores (this months Baltimore), he plays bad.
However, last night he was great. Anaheim’s pitching was great too, especially Ben Weber out of the bullpen (come to think of it all the bullpen folks used (even my nemesis Rich Rodriguez) pitched well). There were three runs scored, two of them on solo home runs (Anaheim’s Garret Anderson & Pudge). In fact, Pudge scored both runs, and threw out a runner attempting to steal in the 9th, which was huge.
A nice game, and while there were 16 men left on base for both teams, one that seemed to be an old style pitching duel – nice to see in the surprisingly cool weather of late September 2002.
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G156: Rangers lose again to A’s, 7-5

We lost three over the weekend to the A’s. Too many walks, poor pitching. What more needs to be said? Oh yeah, we had better not have Rich Rodriguez on this team next year, or I’ll be pissed.
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G155: Rangers lose to A’s, 6-3

We lost three over the weekend to the A’s. Too many walks, poor pitching. What more needs to be said? Oh yeah, we had better not have Rich Rodriguez on this team next year, or I’ll be pissed.
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G154: Rangers lose to A’s, 4-2

We lost three over the weekend to the A’s. Too many walks, poor pitching. What more needs to be said? Oh yeah, we had better not have Rich Rodriguez on this team next year, or I’ll be pissed.
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G153: Rangers beat Mariners, 12-7

Our last game of the year against Seattle ended in a win – our 70th of the year. Unfortunately, it happened to come at Game 153 of the season, which means we’ve lost 83! Eek! It was pretty funny that the pregame show showed Lou Piniella’s blowup two or three times, and the game intro did as well. Still got a lot of mileage out of that. :)
While it was nice that we busted out the big bats in support of Ben Kozlowski – who pitched pretty decently considering the situation. (Raffy Grand Slam, and Arod 3 run home run), we let it get away again after Kozlowski got out of the inning. Jamey Newberg reported today that Pudge was looking sloppy, and I have to agree. If that’s the kind of catching we’ll get if we give him a new contract, then hey, let’s jack up Todd Greene to #1, and have Haselman as his backup. We busted out for 5 runs in the top of 10th, in our fourth straight extra inning game against the Mariners. Nice to see that.
I was astonished to see the total number of walks by both teams in these four games – SIXTY EIGHT!
I was a bit concerned about the goings on in Kansas City, though. Those two mental zeroes that attacked the Royals’ coach should be prosecuted fairly heavily. Also, did you get a look at these idiots? Neither of them looked like they had enough brain cells to even comprehend baseball. Do a Google Image search for ‘William Ligue Gamboa’ – you’ll see what I’m talking about.
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G152: Rangers lose to M’s AGAIN, 3-2

This is the time of year that folks who root for bad baseball teams find ways to do other things. I’m no different. Last night I spent a lot of time watching the Monsters Inc. DVD that I got in yesterday. :)
I tuned in late to the game, and guess what? We lost in extra innings again. However, by far and away the most entertaining thing of the game that I watched was Lou Piniella’s blow up after Mike Young made a spectacular play at second to get (at least by the umpire’s call) an out. Lou of course came out and had a major Lou meltdown. Quite funny to watch, ESPECIALLY as the umpire kept his cool and didn’t say a word, just kind of stood there and let Lou spew. I’m fairly sure that egged Lou on a bit more than he might have. Was also nice of the TV folks to leave the game on Lou, and not cut away to commercials, so we could see it all. There’s only one picture below of this, wish there were more stills. Quite quite funny.
He didn’t pitch in this game, but I still don’t like Rich Rodriguez. Oh yeah, Arod didn’t start the game, but did pinch hit late. Would have liked to have seen the entire night off for him, but one pinch hit isn’t that bad, I guess.
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G151: Rangers drop 5th in a row; 3-2 to M’s

You know, when a game is played close, and you lose late, you’re supposed to say “I don’t mind losing that because it was a good game”. I’ve gotten tired of saying that over the last three years. I want to win again. I’m sure the Rangers do too, but as a fan, hey, all I can do is bitch about it, right? I can’t actually make decisions that impact the games, right? :)
Anyway, Chan Ho Park looked good, even though he walked 8 batters, it didn’t seem to impact him too much. Park has done a complete turn around lately, and he seems to be the pitcher we had signed, not that guy wearing #61 for the first half of the season. This is good, as I hope he can carry this over into next season. It does show he doesn’t come back well from an injury, though.
Arod looks beat out there, I think he needs a day off. Also, I still don’t like Rich Rodriguez.
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G150: Rangers lose again to Mariners, 6-5

I didn’t see most of this game, as I was watching my hometown Philadelphia Eagles whoop up on the Washington Redskins on Monday Night Football. I did see the latter stages of the game though. I was bummed I missed Pudge getting ejected, it looked like quite a scene, especially with him flipping off the umpire. The DMN says that he could be in line for a suspension, but we’ll see if that happens.
Anyway, we managed a comeback against Kaz Sasaki in the 9th (who doesn’t look as impressive this year for some reason). However, our usual problem turned itself up late. Too many walks. In fact, we had 13 walks over the 11 innings, the last one being the worst, as it gave the Mariners the win. Normally I don’t like saying “Let’s end this season”, but since the Rangers seem unwilling to NOT use Rich Rodriguez, I’ll be glad when the season is over so I don’t have to look at him pitch for us (hopefully never again). In fact, all 6 of our pitchers walked at least one Mariner – yeesh.
No home runs at all in this game, which isn’t surprising with the ballpark we were playing in, but what was surprising was how ineffective Arod was last night. He had several opportunities to drive in quite a few runs, and did nothing – that was a bummer. Always love to see Arod stick it to the Mariners. In fact, if he’s gonna hit 60, he needs to get going, as there’s now 12 games left for him to get 5 home runs. 6 home runs to tie Maris’ AL record for home runs.
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G149: Rangers swept by Angels, behind bad 13-4 loss

No time to write about this game as I sit here and do this page on Monday afternoon. Too busy at work. Besides, we got swept. :) Additional game commentary is available here.

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G148: Rangers lose to Angels, 8-6

No time to write about this game as I sit here and do this page on Monday afternoon. Too busy at work. Besides, we got swept. :) Additional game commentary is available here.

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G147: Rangers lose to Angels, 3-2

No time to write about this game as I sit here and do this page on Monday afternoon. Too busy at work. Besides, we got swept. :) Additional game commentary is available here.

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G146: Rangers sweep M’s with 7-3 win

Listened to this game at work, and as such, I didn’t get much listening done. I rarely do when at work.
Was really nice to see a win, and a sweep of the Mariners, who really got hurt by losing all four in Texas. It also brings us that much closer to actually getting to .500 before the end of the season. It’s not out of the question, but is definitely a tough project with so few games left in the season. It’s the first time we’ve swept Seattle in a four game series since around 1992, I think, and the first time at home since 1986. We’re also 30-30 since the All-Star Break. 19-9 Since August 4th, and 5 games above 500 at home. w00t! :)
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G145: Rangers win another close one, 4-3 over M’s

I’m not going to touch on the September 11th stuff, as there’s been a lot written by a lot of people who could write about it a lot better than I.
As for this game, Colby Lewis was far more impressive than I anticipated him being. I didn’t see most of the game, because Wed is my bowling league, and missed most of it, but t was nice to see Arod jack another one, for 54 now, as well as a nice finish in the bottom of the ninth, damaging the Mariners chances some more – bet they thought coming to Texas would be a cakewalk. :)
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G144: Rangers win close one over M’s, 3-2

Well, I was at this game, and for a game that featured only 13 hits and 5 runs, it ran awfully long. I know the box score said 2:59, but it seemed to be awfully slow and boring, even for a game that (barely) had a time under three hours. Anyway, it was still nice to see some good pitching. Kenny pitched well, although he wasn’t sharp, throwing about 110 pitches or so in 6 innings. Kenny’s only mistake was a throwing error, which allowed his only run to score. Rudy Seanez was NOT good – his line doesn’t look THAT bad, but sitting at the Ballpark, he looked really “eh”. My least favorite Ranger, Rich Rodriguez came on, and threw two pitches to get out of the Seanez inning, and Cordero was absolutely lights out, striking out the side in the 9th for the save.
Was a nice night at the ballpark, saw a good win, and there was less than 20,000 there – well, announced, anyway. We broke our home run streak of 27 consecutive games, as we didn’t have any tonight. There was a short video tribute to the home run streak before the game, which was nice to see.
Also, what’s with the HORRIBLE music at the Ballpark anymore? They are playing music before the game that is just a) not baseball music and b) just atrocious anyway. We really need Chuck Morgan back. Give him a massive pay raise, and fire the three people they replaced Chuck with. YEESH!
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G143: Rangers beat Mariners, 12-7

I only saw a few minutes of this game, as I was watching Monday Night Football (damn Steelers lost – Grrrr). Anyway, the only bit I saw was when I flipped to the game in the bottom of the 6th, and Arod was at bat. Decided to stick around to watch him bat, and given that I only saw about 3 minutes of the game, I watched the right 3 minutes – got to see a great home run by Arod. Then I see by the box scores that he hit another, as well as Raffy hitting #40.
Also saw where Arod & Raffy are the first two players ever to hit 50 & 40 home runs two years in a row. No one else has ever done that. Nice job, guys!
I think that might be it for Aaron Myette. Probably pitched himself out of a job.
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G142: Rangers loss (6-3) not watched by NFL fans. ;)

I didn’t watch much of this game, as like most people I was watching football on Sunday afternoon. It was Week 1, and I had to be watching football. :) I did peek in on the Rangers game, and after they got behind, I stopped peeking very much. I did see Raffy’s record breaking home run, though.
Back home to play Seattle. The cakewalk teams are done. Our remaining 20 games are against our own division, all of which are much better than us, so we’ll either gain some respect, or sink even further back in the hole.
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G141: Rangers beat Tampa Bay again, 11-2

Well, I was going to write about this one, but I didn’t see or hear virtually any of it. The reason why is that I was out for the afternoon, so I recorded the game on my TiVo. I sat down on the bed to start watching it, and after the first inning, one of my cats decided to pay me a visit. Unfortunately, she stepped ON the remote, and hit the “end of program” button. At the time, it was the bottom of the ninth, and I saw the score. Oh well, so much for watching that one.
We tied the HR record, with a few of them. Herb Perry had another great game – 2 HR, 5 RBI. And Chan Ho Park looked really good again. That bodes well for next season. Just hope he doesn’t get hurt again during the offseason.
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G140: Rangers get the job done, beat Tampa, 9-3

Don’t have time to write about this on Monday morning, but it was nice to see a win where we were supposed to get one. :)
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G139: Rangers win big 11-2 over Baltimore

Arod’s the only Ranger player ever to have 50 home runs, and he’s done it the two years he’s been a Ranger. He’s also played in every game the Rangers have played since he signed up. Again, don’t know if anyone’s worth a quarter of a billion dollars, but there’s no denying how good he’s been for this team. When he hit his second home run, my wife and I were watching the game while eating dinner, and I almost spewed my food when I said “Holy Crap” when he hit the second one. Off the bat, it looked like it was headed to the upper deck. Didn’t get there, but was still very impressive. It’s not unrealistic to think he might get 60 – as there are 23 games left; he needs 10. His two weren’t the only home runs of the night, we also had jacks from Carl Everett, Todd Hollandsworth, & Mike Young (all in the 5th). The Orioles never really made any noise this game, this was ours from the start.
Our pitching was pretty decent, too. Kenny went 7 innings, giving up the two runs, and Kolb & Cordero pitched an inning of hitless, scoreless baseball each. Cordero also had two strikeouts, and has looked very impressive this year. With Zimmerman out till middle of next year (and there’s a possibility he may NEVER come back), this is a good time for Cordero to finally figure it out.
We go on to Tampa Bay tomorrow. Hopefully, we can exact some revenge for that horrible series in Arlington a week ago when we got swept by the Rays.

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G138: Rangers lose to Orioles, 8-3

Well, as good as the previous game was, this one was equally flat and blah. Aaron Myette, making two starts in two games, due to his only throwing two pitches in the last one didn’t go that great again. He seems the weakest link in our young pitchers (although Doug Davis fell pretty good, too). The TV guys keep saying he’s got great, above average stuff, but I can’t say I’ve seen it. I wonder if he’ll be here next year. If not, he’ll probably figure it out somewhere else.
On the positive side, our home run streak reached a new record – 22 games in a row, with a Pudge blast into the Rangers bullpen 425 feet to left center. That’s about it good, except for a Todd Greene solo HR late in the game.
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