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G99: Valdes gets no run support, Rangers lose 4-1

Valdes pitched great. We got no runs, lost it late. Yadda yadda yadda…
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G98: Rangers finally win; 7-3 over A’s

Great pitching. Park looked great, our bullpen tried to give it away, but managed to keep it together. Great great win late.
I’d write more, but I’m busy trying to catch up with weekend work backlog and getting over being sick.
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G97: Please kill me. 6-5

Oh gee. We lose yet another one run game. About the only thing worth mentioning is HOW it happened – at least it was different.
Dave (can we get rid of this guy now) Burba plunked a batter with the bases loaded and the game tied in the bottom of the ninth. Sigh.

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G96: Rangers drop 7th; lose to A’s, 10-0

Well, what more can you say about this one except Cory Lidle? He pitched a masterpiece, giving up just one hit and one walk the whole game. Faced 28 batters total, and was brilliant. His only mistake was the double that Juan hit to lead off the eighth. After the 6th, I was actually rooting for Lidle to pitch a no hitter. Especially after we gave up a 7 spot. Figure, once you’re down like that, you might as well get a no hitter pitched against you.
Hate to lose, but when something like this is pitched against you, doesn’t matter when you give up 1 run of 50. Lidle was the name of this game.
Oh yeah, the retro uniforms were kind of goofy looking. For the first two innings, it didn’t look like the Rangers at all, but I agree with Tom Grieve, it had a very good classic feel to them. Too bad more teams don’t have uniforms like that. I think the Yankees are the only ones left doing that, aren’t they?

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G95: Sigh. 5-3

It was funny, when Jerry Narron came out to take out Kenny Rogers, the place booed pretty loudly. I didn’t see the need to bring in the bullpen at the point he did either, and joined in the booing, but Kenny got a standing O coming off the field, as he really deserved the win. I knew the moment Narron came out, the game was over. Our bullpen feels like the Mariners’ looked like about 3 years ago when they couldn’t win anything late at all. :(
Our bullpen blowing an extremely well pitched game by Kenny Rogers is the bottom line here.

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G94: Oh look. Rangers lose again, 6-3

Another loss. Not a surprise anymore, I guess. I suppose the only fun thing was that Valdes pitched well again, and we had several home runs. However, that’s about all we had, can’t win on HR alone. Especially when the usual culprit (bullpen) let us down again.
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G93: Someone please make it stop! (We lose 6-5)

No mas! No Mas!
¡Alguien satisface te hace la parada! (That’s supposed to be Someone, please make it stop!)
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G92: Rangers lose both sides of DH, 6-4

Two double headers in Kansas City. Four losses. This is really REALLY bad. Bye bye team. Roll up the truck and start shipping ‘em out. Unfortunately that’s probably what is going to happen. Carl Everett can drive the truck.

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G91: Rangers lose first game of DH to Royals, 8-6

Another loss to the Royals in KC. Can we not go there anymore?
About the only really nice thing was hearing Chuck Morgan’s voice again. Chuck – come back!
The game wasn’t anywhere near as close as the score indicates. We picked up three in the 9th to make it somewhat close (and actually almost tied it), but we were outplayed totally.
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G90: Rangers lose another 1 run game, 5-4 to Twins

So much for yesterday’s commentary. Another one run loss. By my count, that’s 15 this year. Turn those around to wins, and we’d be 55-35. Sigh.
Another bullpen letdown. Don’t feel like writing about another one of those. Wait – Arod had two home runs, and is now the major league HR leader, and leads the AL in RBI’s, too (and slugging percentage, I think).
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G89: Rangers beat Twins, 8-1

Well, I guess we got tired of one run losses (and there’s been a lot of them). In fact, I decided to look up the one run losses so far this season:
Apr: 5 (15 total)
May: 3 (16 total)
Jun: 4 (13 total)
Jul: 2 (4 total so far)
My count appears to be off one somewhere on total losses (I counted 48 and there’s 49), but you get the point. 14 of our 49 losses have been by a single run. If we had those back, we’d have a much different record and be in a way different position. The bulk of those can be summed up as bullpen.
Anyway, this game was pitched well by Kenny Rogers, who will probably be traded, even though I don’t want that to happen. He made a most specactular play on a ball, diving into first base to make a putout. He’s one of the best fielding pitchers I’ve ever seen with my own eyes. Arod had another home run, and Raffy had a few RBI doubles led the way to the 8-1 win. Was nice to get one of these, but given the way we’ve been playing, I doubt it will translate into much beyond today.
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G88: Rangers lose to Twins again, 4-3

Oh look. Another Rangers loss. And by the same score as the previous night’s game, too. :(
The most exciting parts of this game for me were the home run by Arod (which is always great to see), and the almost inside the park home run by Pudge. However, Pudge appeared to totally run out of gas around third, and it appeared like he was almost stopped coming into home. Too bad, as once it got by Hunter, I thought Pudge’s ball was a sure inside the park home run.
However, we managed to overcome that disappointment and tied the game up in the ninth. Unfortunately, we blew it again against our usual nemesis, “extra innings”. That Extra Innings guy really has it in for us, and we never can seem to beat him. Methinks the blowup of the team will be happening shortly.
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G87: Rangers lose to Twins, 4-3

Not discussing the All Star game, as there’s been a ton said. I absolutely agree with the decision made to stop it. No more pitchers, time to stop. The fans really irritated me, and I felt Selig didn’t deserve this. I’m no major Selig fan, but I don’t see what other choice he really had. Biggest mistake was announcing it DURING the bottom of the 11th inning. Wait till it was over, and then make the decision. Whoever decided that was an idiot.
As for last night’s game.. I thought Chan Ho Park did pitch better than he had been. He went 6.1 and gave up 3 earned runs (4 in all). Not bad. Technically a quality start, but he’s still got a lot of work to go. His out pitch seemed to be good yesterday, and while he wasn’t dominating, it looked good. Combined with the start before this being about the same kind, and it appears he’s headed in the right direction.
Major roster overhaul yesterday with a total of 7 moves (although one was a rehab assignment). We brought up troubled CF Ruben Rivera who got a hit last night, and showed why I call Carl Everett “Slow Ass”. It was nice to hear Jerry Narron say that Rivera will get the bulk of the playing time in center given that I want Everett released. I suspect the Rangers do too, but I’ve bought into the notion I’ve read that the Rangers are waiting to see if the players strike. If the players strike, then we can save a few bucks on Everett’s release. Anyway, Rivera made a spectacular catch up against the baggie in right center that Everett wouldn’t have gotten anywhere near. That play alone showed why we can’t have Everett in the field, and with him batting less than .200, we can’t have him at the plate, either.
Kevin Mench had a huge home run early, but then had a major base running blunder late when he got picked off trying to make it back to first on a wide turn. He was removed from the game, but I don’t feel there will be any permanent repercussions from that. Eric Milton was extremely good from the third inning to the sixth, striking out 6 Rangers in a row, and a total of 10 for his 7 innings of work. That was really spectacular to watch.
I know the Rangers aren’t going anywhere, and given we’re playing one of the contraction teams, I don’t mind losing to them, because it helps them. Still, I’d like to see some wins – we had better beat up KC when we get there Monday, or there probably will be even more roster overhaul.
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G86: Rangers stink it up; lose to O’s 10-4

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G85: Rangers lose to Orioles, 7-5

N/A

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G84: Rangers top Orioles, 7-6

Great ninth inning win. Felt like a playoff game, actually! :)

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G83: Rangers sweep Tampa behind 11-8 slugfest

My wife and I have been at the last 4 or 5 July 4th games in a row. This year we decided to stay home. Should have gone, it was a great game. Anyway, as my wife & I just hung around the house for the evening doing things like drinking beer, sitting on the patio watching the world go by, etc.. I didn’t start watching the game until it was over (on my TiVo). Anyway, after the top of the first, I was disgusted. Down 6-0 before we even batted. Needless to say, I skimmed through the game, not actually watching the Devil Rays bat at all. Just watched the Rangers bat – and also skipped the stuff between pitches, too. Watched the game in about 45 minutes that way. :)
This was the longball night, with a total of 5 home runs for the Rangers (total of 7 if you count the two by Tampa). We had home runs by Kevin Mench, Todd Greene, Arod, Pudge, & Raffy – with Raffy’s winning the game in the bottom of the 8th. I suppose I would have been more into this if we were there. But the best part I think was Rob Bell settling down and not giving up anything after the horrid 6 run first inning. Quite surprised to see him out there in the second, but nice to see that he stepped up and carried the team from that point.
Three in a row, and while it’s just Tampa Bay is nice to see. Unfortunately, we can’t gain any ground on Seattle. :(
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G82: Rangers beat Devil Rays again, 6-5

A very thrilling win. A game that we won clutch in the end, that we shouldn’t have had to win. We started off big, putting up a four spot in the first – it could have been more, but Arod was thrown out at the plate during the first. Pudge capped the four run inning with a two run home run. It felt good after the first. However, Tampa’s pitching shut us down for almost the entire rest of the game. We didn’t have any runs (or much else) after the first, and didn’t score again until the eighth. However, Tampa did. They picked away at the lead (including a couple of home runs – one from Ben Grieve), and in the top of the ninth, tied the game 5-5.
Then Pudge stepped up in the bottom of the ninth, and jacked a home run ball over the fence for the win. It was really nice to see the Rangers come out and mob him at home plate, all jubilant (except Carl Everett, who probably thought that was beneath him and was being Mr Slow ass even there).
A really nice win over Tampa Bay. Ismael Valdes had to come out of the game early, which is not a good sign. Especially if we’re trying to trade him. I don’t want to, but we may end up doing so.

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G81: Rangers beat Tampa Bay, 3-1

Before the game started, I told my wife that this is a game we should win. By 2002 standards, we were tossing our best pitcher out there, and TB had their worst. Of course, whenever I say that, we usually lose. And given the way Tanyon Sturtze pitched, we should have lost. Sturtze pitched an 8 inning complete game loss, giving up just 9 hits (mostly scattered), and three earned runs. He really deserved better, and is probably a better pitcher than his 1-9 record says he is.
On the other hand, he did give up three, and Kenny Rogers gave up just one – a solo shot to David McCarty. Our pitching was better than theirs, and that combo will win you a lot of games – unfortunately we usually can’t say that. Even Rocker was good. :)
This was a game of solo home runs, mostly. McCarty had one for Tampa, and we got ones from Juan Gonzalez & Rafael Palmeiro. Arod also had an RBI elsewhere in the game. A nice game to watch – crisp, moved quickly, too. What a shock. :)

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Rangers / Astros rained out

I was at this game. Sat there two hours and got rained out. Can I get my parking fee back?

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G80: Rangers drop another to Houston, 8-5

Too busy at work – no time for summary.

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G79: Rangers lose third in a row, 6-5 to Astros

Too busy at work – no time for summary.

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G78: Rangers lose to Angels again, 6-3

Too busy at work – no time for summary.

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G77: Rangers finally lose; 7-6 to Angels

Dammit! Don’t feel like writing about this. Too frustrating.

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G76: Rangers win 8th in a row; 11-5 over Angels

Well, when this game started, I wasn’t feeling good about the prospects of a win. We got down early (3-0), and with Valdes on the mound, I figured we wouldn’t score much. However, a few solo shots in the second (Raffy) and third (Ludwick – his first ever) gave me a little better feeling. OK, it’s now 4-2 (as Anaheim scored another in the third).
The game went on, and then we busted out bigtime for our first eight spot of the season in the fifth. It was helped majorly by the fact that the Angels walked five Rangers in that inning (all of whom which scored). There was a major home run by Todd Greene – into the second level of the ballpark right past the left field foul pole. Furthermore, the inning was capped off by a three run jack by Kevin Mench. We scored another in the 6th, as did Anaheim in the 8th, but the game was pretty put away after the 8 spot in the fifth.
Nice to get some runs for Valdes. We’re now at 8 in a row, and I’m feeling good. Unfortunately, we’re gonna start getting some players back from the DL that will definitely interfere with what’s happened. Specifically Carl Everett. I really wish we’d just eat his contract and cut him. The kids are playing far better than he had at any point in the season – and are a hell of a lot cheaper.
BTW, that catch in left field by a fan of Ryan Ludwick’s first ever home run got coverage nationally on ESPN’s Baseball Tonight. They showed the HR obviously, but replayed the fan’s catch on Baseball Tonight in slo-mo and got commentary from the guys doing the show, too. Hope that kid had someone taping it. :)