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G162: Rangers shut out Mariners in season finale, 3-0

The last game of the season ended on both a bright note and a scary note. Unfortunately, they’re the same thing. Chan Ho Park pitched the way he should have been pitching. Which means we’ll probably try and go with him again next season. Damn. On the other hand, he pitched really well again in a park that he always pitches well in – Seattle. I wonder if something could be worked out where we send Park to Seattle for something. Park does well there, Seattle has to know that. Park went 7 innings, gave up no runs on 2 hits (3 BB/3K). A stellar performance (unfortunately).
Francisco Cordero got his final save of the season, his 49th. A record breaking season for him, as no Ranger reliever has ever had that many saves. He looked good, and fans seemed to like it when he came in. I think we have this position solved for awhile. :)
We didn’t have a lot of offense ourselves, but we had enough to get three runs across. Texas 2-4, but didn’t score, or get an RBI. Nix had a HR, and Huckaby had a double. Mike Young drove in the other two that Nix did not. As I said, not a lot of offense, but enough.
And the season comes to a close. By every account, this was a huge success, we didn’t drop out of the race until after Game #158 of the season – a major accomplishment. Buck Showalter should be manager of the year.
I also sincerely hope that Rudy Jaramillo comes back next year. He’s a great portion of our success, and I would hate to have him leave. As I’ve said before, if he left to get a manger’s job, I can’t fault him for leaving for that. However, if he leaves and becomes a hitting coach somewhere else, then I’ll be pissed. If he takes a lateral move, it means the Rangers didn’t do enough to keep him.

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G161: Rangers beat Mariners, 10-4

Kenny Rogers had a career season, winning 18 games. His previous was 17 wins, but he topped it by one this year, and in my opinion should have been a 20 game winner, but he had a few leads blown for him. :(
Mike Young went 3-5 with a home run and 4 RBI’s to lead the Ranger hitting attack. We also had a home run from Mench, and a 3-5 game from Teixeira and Mench. Hell, Manny Alexander went 2-3 with an RBI and 2 runs scored. We had a total of 16 hits with five doubles. A nice offensive display.
For a meaningless series, the games certainly seemed to be lively. Last night was Ichiro. Tonight was Edgar Martinez, who had a ceremony for his career tonight. He also took one pitch over at third base, his position for a long time before becoming a permanent DH.
161 down. One to go.

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G160: Ryan Drese bombed; Rangers lose 8-3

Ryan Drese has run out of gas, he’s gotten bombed the last few starts he made of the season. However, I don’t think his season can be called anything less than a total success. He had a spectacular season.
However, this game wasn’t about the Rangers really. We were witness to Ichiro Suzuki’s record breaking 258th hit of the season, breaking an 80 year old or so record by Mr. George Sisler for hits in a season. Not a record to be taken lightly (although some wankers in the press are). Was really great to have seen that.

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G159: Rangers win home finale 6-3; doesn’t matter

The final home game of the season ends on a good note, with a 6-3 win over the Angels. Rookie starter Chris Young pitched well, going six innings, giving up three runs, and looking like a good candidate for next season’s rotation. The home season ended the way it started, with RA Dickey on the mound pitching well. Too bad RA didn’t pitch all that well inbetween the start and end of the home schedule most of the time. :(
Of the 81 games at home this season, we won 51 of them, tying our best season for home winning record at 51-30. Overall, an outstanding season at home. Now if we can just get rid of the Gold Club behind home plate, things might go better.
Vlad Guerrero continued to be on a torrid streak here, having another two home runs today (he went 4-4 in this game). That gave him a 12 for 17 streak during this series, with a total of FIVE home runs in this series (two 2 HR games). Amazing.
However, the best part of the game by far was the “Thank you” lap the Rangers made around the stadium at the conclusion of the game. A very nice touch by the team, and probably won them a few season ticket holders for next year by doing that. I’m sure a lot of fans (and Randy Galloway) might see it as a cynical move, but I very much liked it – to me it showed there was some heart there. And that’s always a good thing.

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G158: Rangers eliminated after 8-7 loss to Angels

The party is over, as we were formally eliminated from the playoff race with this loss.
The only other thing I’ll write about the game is that it was nice that Mike Young set a new Ranger record for hits, getting his 211th in the bottom of the ninth. He’s also the only Ranger ever to have more than one 200 hit season.

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G157: Rangers lose game and ground, 8-2

I suppose the thing that bothered me most about this game is that we have the season on the line. We’re up against the wall, and we’re sending Chan Ho Park out there. The biggest pitching disappointment in the entire history of the franchise, and we send him out there to save our slim playoff hopes. If there’s anything that will dash the goodwill of Ranger fans, it’s got to be that. I really hope the Park experiment is cut loose in the off season. It will cost Hicks a gob of money to do that, but he is NOT helping us, and as we move forward from this season, I can’t see Park playing a part in it (a good one anyway), so after three years, it’s time to cut him loose.
We lost this game mostly because of the four home runs given up by our pitching. Two by Park, and two by John Wasdin. Two of them were by Vladimir Guerrero, who definitely seems to have a power stroke here in this series.
After this loss, I said to my wife, “Well, we’re not technically out of it, but we might as well be”. There doesn’t seem to be a whole lot of fire in there right now.

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G156: Rangers drop game to Angels, 5-3

Aw dammit! Bases loaded, nobody out. We get nothing. Bases loaded, nobody out. We get nothing. Bases loaded, nobody out. We get nothing. Bases loaded, nobody out. We get nothing. Bases loaded, nobody out. We get nothing. Bases loaded, nobody out. We get nothing. Bases loaded, nobody out. We get nothing. Bases loaded, nobody out. We get nothing. Bases loaded, nobody out. We get nothing. Bases loaded, nobody out. We get nothing.
P.S. Bases loaded, nobody out. We get nothing.

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G155: OUCH! Rangers lose to Mariners, 9-0

This was bad. Bad bad bad. At least it didn’t do any overall damage, we’re still only two out of first with 7 to go. Still workable.

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G154: Rangers beat Mariners, 5-4

I was at this game, it was my final season ticket game of the season, was nice to see all my usual friends around me who had tickets too, so if any of you read this – hi! Was a great season. Hope to see some of you in October. :)
Chris Young started off great, was pretty dominant through the first three, except for a solo HR in the first. Wasn’t as much of a see-saw in terms of the score, but it sort of felt like it sitting there. When Young faltered, RA Dickey came in and save for one walk, was perfect in his 3.2 innings of work. Spectacular. We needed it too, with our pen mostly drained.
Offensively, we had just enough. Not a ton, but some power from Soriano, and a few almost home runs and a triple from Mike Young were all we needed to get this win which brings us back to two out.

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G153: Rangers lose see-saw affair to Mariners, 8-7

A back and forth game. There were a ton of pitchers on both sides. Seattle used 6. Texas used 6. I thought Showalter had a bit of a quick hook with Benoit – I thought he could have at least finished 5.
I’m not writing much because I fell asleep (twice) on the sofa watching this game. Even with TiVo, I could have backed it up, but I was so groggy, I just gave up and went to bed.
Shame we couldn’t pick up the win, as it drops us to 3 back now.

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G152: Rangers sweep A’s behind awesome win, 5-4

WOW! What a finish! An absolutely amazing win in a great game means we now are only 2 games out of first place with 10 games to go in the season.
I spent most of the morning at the law firm that represents my company, so when I returned, I didn’t have much time to pay attention to the game. I was buys doing work work and didn’t pay much attention. I know the game changed hands a few times, and when Park gave up a HR ball three pitches into the game I wasn’t filled with a lot of excitement about our chances for a sweep.
I didn’t really get to start paying attention to the game until the 8th inning. We were down 3-2, and then we went down 4-2 when Jeff Nelson gave up a home run ball – the third we gave up today. Then after a 10 or 11 pitch at bat, Blalock jacked a solo home run to bring us back to one run. Following that, Mike Young (who went 4-5 and is now 6 hits shy of setting a new record for hits with a season – he currently has 205) doubled down the line to bring the tying run to the plate. Ken Macha walked Mark Teixeira intentionally (which was his second free pass of the game, his 5th in the game, and a new Ranger record for walks in a 9 inning game). That brought up Brian Jordan who grounded out, in what sounded like a DP ball on the radio. So now we’ve got runners at the corners with two outs. Down a run.
Up steps David Dellucci who has been in an 0-20 slump or something like that. Dellucci gets down with two strikes. We’re down to our last strike, and he then jacks a double (I don’t remember where it went exactly), which scored both Mike Young and Brian Jordan to win the game in walkoff fashion.
My words here simply cannot do justice how cool this win was. I wish I was there, and I might have been had I not had to spend all morning at a lawyer’s office. We’re done with Oakland for the season. Next up is Seattle. Bring it on!

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G151: Rangers win again, 5-3 over A’s

We won again on Eric Young’s first home run of the season – what a great time for it.
I can’t spend much time, as I just got back from the law firm who represents my company (spent the morning there), and I need to go do some work now. :)

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G150: Rangers beat A’s, 9-4

As I write this, it’s 5:30PM and I realized I totally forgot about today’s update. I have to leave in 10 minutes, so I have just enough time to slap together an update, but can’t write much.
I was at this game, and boy was it great to see us spank Mulder again for the second time in a week. It was capped by Mike Young’s grand slam which was most awesome in person. If the hit that McLemore botched in the first inning wasn’t called a hit, it would have made the grand slam his 200th hit of the season. He’s got 201 now, and needs 10 more in the last 12 games to set a new Ranger record. That’s probably pretty likely to happen.
Anyway, Drese got the win, the Rangers got the win, and the bullpen didn’t give up anything. A really nice win that seemed like a no doubter from the start. And Owen, it was a blast going with you, we should have done that more this season.,
As is Ichiro’s pursuit of the all time hits record as well. It’s possible that might happen when we finish up the season in Seattle, although if Mr. Suzuki gets a couple more 5 hit games like he did last night, it won’t be a problem.

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G149: Rangers win 1-0 – EXCUSE ME? US?

We did something we haven’t done in about four years or so. Won a 1-0 game. I mean. WOW. There were a total of NO earned runs at all this game, as the one we got was unearned due to a Guerrero muff in right field of a fly ball. I thought Saturday’s 2-0 win was great, but this was better. Four pitchers for another shutout. Was really great. I just wish we could do this to the A’s. Speaking of that…
We come back home to play the A’s this week. It’s make or break time now, I think. If we lose the series at home against Oakland, that’s probably it for the season, I would think.

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G148: Rangers win 2-0 – WHOA!

Wow! Just when I thought things were looking to cave in on the season (suspensions, Soriano gone, didn’t gain any ground on Oakland), this happens. A 7 pitcher 6 hit shutout of the Angels in their stadium. The best thing I can do is to copy the pitching line here:

TEXAS                        ip       h   r  er  bb  so  hr    era
J Benoit                      4       2   0   0   3   6   0   5.83
E Ramirez (W, 5-3)            1 1/3   0   0   0   0   1   0   4.41
J Nelson (H, 8)               1       0   0   0   0   2   0   5.48
R Mahay (H, 13)                 1/3   0   0   0   0   0   0   2.67
D Brocail (H, 3)              0       2   0   0   1   0   0   4.87
B Shouse (H, 9)                 1/3   0   0   0   0   0   0   2.50
F Cordero (S, 45)             2       2   0   0   1   3   0   1.83

The best part is that Benoit came in and gave 4+ innings of two hit shutout ball, something I wouldn’t have expected from him. This wasn’t as great as that 6 pitch no hitter the Astros had against the Yankees recently, but this was great! I was at the office at the time, but I did get to listen to a good portion of it. Was really nice – wish I was home to watch it on TV. There may yet be a road to the playoffs, but time is definitely running out. We need to step up and stop treading water like we’ve been if we want to get to the dance in 2004.

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G147: Rangers lose to Halos, 9-5

When this game started, I thought we were going to walk away with it. We had a couple of home runs in the first inning, and were up 3-0 right away. But our pitching couldn’t hold it. Chan Ho Park gave up 5 runs in his 5 innings. RA Dickey gave up 3 runs (2ER) in his two innings. And Frankie Francisco, appealing his suspension, gave up a solo shot. Longballs did us in. We tried to come back with a couple in the ninth, but it wasn’t enough.
However, the bigger news of the day was the handing down of suspensions by Major League Baseball for the fracas in the bullpen last Monday. Frankie got 16 games, which is effectively the rest of the season, but I think it was declared to be 16 so that if he has a failed appeal, the games will carry over into next season, too. Doug Brocail got seven games, Carlos Almanzar got five games, and hitting coach Rudy Jaramillo got five games. All are appealing, and were in uniform for tonight’s game.
Additionally, it was found out that Alfonso Soriano is out for the rest of the season. There’s a lot of speculation that he may have played his last game as a Ranger. There’s a lot of options available if we want to go that way, but I’d be surprised if Ranger brass has made the decision on that for 2005 already.

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G146: Rangers lose to A’s, 5-4

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G145: Rangers beat A’s again, 10-3

We did something I was quite surprised we did. We bombed Mark Mulder. Coming into this game, he was something like 17-4 I think with an ERA right around 4. One of his 4 losses was to Texas earlier in the season in Oakland. This time we got Mulder for 8 earned runs (including two home runs) over his 6 innings pitched. What surprised me most about the three home runs were not that two of the three were off Mulder. It was how hard they were hit. All three of them seemed liked HR’s that just got out of here really fast. All of them appeared to be no doubters.
Drese got the win with another quality start, going 6 innings and giving up just two. If we can hold on this afternoon with Kenny Rogers, who has an excellent record pitching in Oakland, we can leave Oakland down only three in the standings. Seattle’s helping too, but allowing us to get closer to Anaheim as well.

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G144: Rangers bounce back, win 12-9

I’ve decided I’m not going to talk about the problem with the chair throwing. In fact, all future news stories about it will be linked on yesterday’s game coverage. It’s an ugly incident for sure, and I’ve decided that I’m not going to continue to talk about it.
Right now, I have to go to a meeting, so I’ll post this, and update my summary later today if I get time. If I don’t, it was nice to see a big win, although there was no pitching on either side, it would seem. :)

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G143: Rangers lose the chair throwing game, 7-6

Last night I was watching the game on TV. About halfway through I decided to go into my computer room and listen to the game on the radio, so at about the fifth inning or so I stopped watching TV. In the top of the 9th I started watching TV again. More on that later.
This game was annoying me. We balked in a run (after two consecutive balks), hit a batter, gave up two home runs, gave up a sac fly, gave up a run on a walk, and a good ol’ single up the middle. We certainly weren’t boring in the runs we gave up. Juan Dominguez had the double balk maneuver, but I didn’t think he pitched all that bad. Wasn’t great, but wasn’t bad. I mean he did have a quality start – 6IP 2ER. Our pen though was very much not like the 2004 edition. Fracas aside, Frankie Francisco gave up a run in an inning. Mahay gave up 2 in 0.1 innings. Cordero gave up two in his 0.2IP. Not good.
We tried to win it. Soriano had the first and last runs of the game – both solo home runs. Both of Soriano’s were quite meaningful – they both had a lot of meaning behind them. Mark Teixeira continued his hot streak. Tex went 4 for 5, scoring twice. He had two doubles, a triple, and a solo shot for his lone RBI. He is by far our best offensive player at the moment. However, the most offensive part of the night belonged to Frankie Francisco.
In the ninth inning, I was listening to the radio, and Eric Nadel said “A fight has broken out in the Rangers’ bullpen”. So I immediately went back to the living room. I always TiVo every Rangers game just in case something happens (even if I don’t intend on watching it). This was the reason why. I got to see all of what the Rangers coverage showed of a melee between our bullpen and the fans in Oakland. I’m sure most of you have seen it by now, as I’m writing this at 6PM on Tuesday evening. However, the short of it is that we saw all the Ranger players run over there, and a big pileup with our guys jawing with the Oakland fans. Then the bad part. Frankie Francisco tossed a chair into the stands, and it hit two people, one woman bore the brunt of it, and TV coverage showed her bleeding fairly well from her nose. There was a 20 minute delay while security talked to Buck, the umpires and Ken Maccha. It was a mess.
Francisco was arrested on Tuesday morning, and has a court appearance on Wednesday. In my opinion he deserves to be tossed out for the rest of the season. Is he totally responsible? No. The jackasses in the fans who were taunting them are as much to blame, IMO. Yes, Francisco should be held accountable for the chair. However, the asswipes who were taunting them are the ones who REALLY caused it (and to a lesser extent stadium security which didn’t stop anything). Players get heckled and insulted all the time. That’s part of the game. Players can take that. However, for a player to respond this way there has to be some really serious crap going on. Not the usual “Your momma, you guys stink, you’re gonna lose, etc..” I’d wager it was into racial garbage, and really nasty stuff. Buck Showalter had said there were problems earlier in the game, too.
Of course we finally heard from the guy who started it. He said this in an interview.. “There was absolutely no profanity at all, just normal heckling, like ‘who’s going to take the loss?’ ‘you’re going to lose the game’ And apparently the guy who threw the chair and injured my wife wasn’t even in the bullpen in the game. Its just sad that professionals would act like that, I mean, these guys are 6’5″ we were fearing for our lives. I’m just going to concentrate on looking after my wife right now”. OH YEAH RIGHT. Like only that would have provoked someone into throwing a chair. You lying piece of shit.
Again, as much as Francisco deserves a huge penalty for throwing the chair, the fans who started it and the failure of Oakland security to prevent it from ever getting that far are to blame as well. Stupid fans. I guess the guy who threw the cel phone at Carl Everett last year in Oakland didn’t really do that, it was Carl doing it to himself, right? Jackasses.
More Stuff:
Addtl link on fight at mlb.com
Link with video of fight on mlb.com

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G142: Rangers sweep Blue Jays, 7-6

This is a game that no one saw unless you were there, or were watching Toronto coverage. For some reason this game wasn’t televised. Thing is, I probably wouldn’t have watched much of it anyway, as it was Week 1 in the NFL. Now I don’t like the Cowboys, I was watching other teams on the satellite. I love baseball, but there’s something about opening weekend. It’s just awesome. :)
It was nice to see Mark Teixeira get two home runs – his power has really come on, and at the right time too. We swept the Blue Jays, scoring 27 runs over the three games. Nice to see. We’ll need all of that as we go into Oakland where we realistically have to come out of there with at least a 3-1 record, otherwise, we won’t have enough games left, IMHO to overtake the lead in the division. It could still happen, but it’s not terribly likely.
The Philadelphia Eagles are 1-0! \o/ :)

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G141: Rangers beat Blue Jays, 10-7

This was a game I attended. As it was September 11th, there was a big military salute at the start of the game. It was a nice ceremony, but I wonder why Buck Showalter gave his jacket to one of the vets – I wonder if Buck knew that kid.
Anyway, the game had a bit of everything. Power, defense, plenty of offense, and a really nice comeback win for the Rangers. I felt bad for Kenny Rogers, as he should have had his 17th win of the season. He’s got 4 starts left, and he has to go 4-0 to get to 20, which I’m sure everyone was hoping he would. Either way, I feel barring a meltdown, he’ll break his previous record of 17 wins (in 1995).
I’m not writing much about the game, as there wasn’t a lot to say for me beyond it was nice weather, the Rangers won, and the lead flipflopped about half a dozen different times it seemed.
It was nice to see the offense get in gear, as we’re about to hit the most important part of the season, if we still want to get to the post season. I just hope it all doesn’t get lost since we’ll be batting first the next seven games.

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G140: Rangers beat Blue Jays, 10-3

Well, I’m back. I’ve spent most of the last week sick. In fact, I’m still not right today, but it’s the best I’ve felt in a week. I just didn’t have the energy to do any of that. Additionally, I’ve kind of burnt out on scoring the games. The only ones I’m going to score for the rest of the season are games I’m going to.
For this particular game, it looked like Ryan Drese was pitching like he did earlier in the season, not the last 3 or so outings of his. He was pretty strong, and went seven innings, gave up just one run (a home run to Carlos Delgado), and striking out seven with one walk. The Eraser and Jeff Nelson followed up with an inning each, both giving up one earned run.
Miguel Batista was not the pitcher we saw in Toronto where he just shut us down. He gave up 10 hits in 3.1 innings of work, 7 runs, and had 3 wild pitches. It helped us get out to the win, which we needed, especially as Oakland lost.
Offensively, we were led by Kevin Mench who is swinging the bat VERY well now. Kevin had two solo home runs in this game (that gives him 5 in his last 5 games), All told, Kevin went 3 for 4 with 2 RBI and 3 runs scored. A great night for him. He was backed up by Teixeira who had a two run bomb of his own into the upper deck in right. Barajas was also 3 for 4, it was just a nice night for the offense with a total of 17 hits.
I’m sure like most people after the White Sox series, you were feeling pretty gloomy, like “this is it”. The best case scenario is that we come out of the Toronto series two games back of Oakland (or Anaheim, as they might pass Oakland if the A’s keep losing). However, that’s best case scenario. I think we’ll come out of it 4 back, which is manageable, but still a tough assignment going to Oakland and Anaheim. We can still do it, but it’s not looking good for the home 11 right now.

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G130: Rangers drop game to Twins, 8-5

I didn’t see or hear most of this game, as I was first grocery shopping, then spending some time with my wife who wasn’t feeling well. Listened to the end of it where I found more enjoyment in watching the Yankees get annihilated over on another channel, anyway. ;) Besides, Torii Hunter was busy destroying us.
I’m not ready to proclaim us done yet, but a feeling of dread is starting to creep in. We can either do good against the AL West in September, or get buried. Either way, I never expected us to even be here at this point. This season is a success no matter what happens from here on out.
Also, I’ve kind of slowed down on scoring the games. It was starting to burn me out, so I’m only going to be posting scorecards from games that I actually am at and score from this point out.

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G129: Rangers lose to Orioles, 7-6

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