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!

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. :)

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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. :)

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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