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G106: Rangers lose again to Devil Rays 8-5

I didn’t have any time to write an update on this today, but even if I did, there wasn’t much good to talk about. Blech.

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G105: Rangers lose slugfest to the Devil Rays 10-8

Uh, hello? Do we have any pitching? I didn’t think we’d fall apart this badly with Kenny out on suspension. Wow.
Chris Young seems to have hit a wall, and that’s bad since there’s two months left in the season. He went and gave up 7 earned runs on 8 hits (with one BB and 1 HR) in his 3.1 Innings pitched. He also had 82 pitches over this time frame. That’s the mark of a really struggling pitcher. James Baldwin wasn’t much better, giving up 2 ER on his 2.2IP. Brocail, Gryboski, & Loe weren’t bad, but the first two did a bunch of damage.
Offensively, we tried to stay in the game. Was one of those “no pitching, score a bunch of runs back and forth” games. We pulled to within 9-8 after 6 innings, but that was it for scoring save for a lone run the Rays got in the top of the 9th. Carl Crawford was the start of this game – man can this guy fly. Was nuts watching him get triples to the left field corner.
Also, I see where there was a fireworks problem at the ballpark – a minor fire issue on the roof, and the Kids park in center field was evacuated. I wonder if that’s what those two sets of fireworks that went off in center field was about during the game last night. When they showed the smoke, it seemed like a different kind of smoke than we normally see for fireworks (meaning the smoke is normally up in the air, not right off the roof like that shot was on TV).
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G103: Rangers beat Jays 3-2 to take fourth in a row

Saturday afternoons are my time to be with my daughter, as my wife works on Saturdays, so I don’t always get time to pay attention to afternoon games on Saturday now. :) I did unfortunately get to see the collision that Gary Matthews had at first base. It looked pretty ugly. I really hope he’s not down for any amount of time. Sunday’s fine, but much past that and we’ll have a problem. If that happens, we might have to bring up Botts to actually play something. :) Seriously, I hope Gary’s OK, and he can continue, as he’s had an incredible road trip (going 2-3 today before having to come out).
This was a pretty well pitched game. Jack Benoit went for us, and the Jays sent up Dustin McGowan, who was making his major league debut. The kid did pretty well, going 5 innings, giving up just one run on 2 hits. Not bad at all for a kid who had never pitched above AA. Jack Benoit did pretty much the same, going 5.2 IP, giving up 2 runs (1 earned). Gryboski, Shouse, Loe, & Cordero kept the Jays off the board, after they went up 2-0 in the first inning.
In fact, scoring was pretty sporadic. Jays scored twice in the bottom of the first, then we got one in the second, and two in the sixth. But I’m not going to complain. We’ve won 4 in a row now, and pulled back to 6.5 games of first place, and 4 games in the wild card, so we’re kind of in it there.
I say “Pbbbbbbbt” to all of you who were proclaiming the season dead and gone a week ago. Sure, it could still be, but I refuse to believe it’s over until it’s over.
Finally, Phil Nevin didn’t play this game, but he was in uniform in the dugout. Since he’ll be here for a year and a half, let’s hope he contributes more from his roster slot than the man we sent away for him did.
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G102: Rangers beat Blue Jays 4-1

Since this game started at 6PM, I was driving home listening to the start of the game. When Eric Nadel said that Chan Ho Park was a last second scratch, I figured he was going back on the DL or something. It would be par for his tenure in Arlington. Then when I got home, and listened to the start of the TV coverage, they mentioned “possible transaction”, and boy did my ears perk up. Never did I expect that the move we’d make at the trading deadline would be to move Park. I figured maybe Soriano, maybe Hidalgo. But not Park. I was so overwhelmed by that possible move, I wasn’t paying much attention to the actual game, just thoughts of no more Park in my head. In fact, after it was announced that it was to the Padres for Phil Nevin, I really didn’t concentrate very much on the game at all, I was more interested in finding out details on the Park trade.
However, we did get pretty decent pitching for Wasdin, who had to make a last second start. He went 4.2IP giving up just one run. Brocal, Gryboski, & Cordero went 4.1 IP between them giving up no runs on just 2 hits (both Gryboski).
Offensively, Gary Matthews continued is torrid pace by leading off the game with a home run. He didn’t get anything else this evening, but his leadoff HR kind of set the tone. Mark DeRosa also had a decent night, singling in Mench, and scoring later on a Mike Young single. No one really dominated offensively, it was fairly spread out.
Nice to take the first game in the series, and even nicer we won’t have to see Chan Ho Park in a Rangers uniform anymore.
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G101: Rangers take the final game in Baltimore, 2-1

This game was almost a complete opposite of the game from the night before. This game was crisp (2:38 vs almost 6 hours with rain delay), it had good pitching. If you put the two teams together, it was a total of 18 innings, and only 3 earned runs were given up. That’s an ERA of 1.5.
The scoring was easy – the Orioles scored their run on a single to left. Our two runs came on solo home runs in the 6th and 9th (Soriano & Dellucci respectively). There was a total of 17 hits between the two teams, which you would think would account for more than 3 runs, but there you go. :)
However, the best thing to come out of this game was the fact that Sidney Ponson got hurt. Not that I ever wish hurt on people, but from a baseball standpoint, that will prevent him from being traded here, I would think. His name had been talked about, but to be honest, I don’t want Ponson in a Ranger uniform. I can’t see where he’s any better than what we have. He might be an innings eater, but I can’t get excited about him, especially given the Chan Ho Park type awful contract he has. So thank you Sandy Alomar Jr for that.
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G100: Rangers win a marathon game on Wed, 11-8

I have to say, I gave up on this game twice. First time was in the first inning after we went down 4 to nothing. Chris Young seems to have hit a wall, and it showed in this game, he gave up a walk, a single, and two home runs in the first to be down 4, and then down 5 after a single came around to score in the second. I’ve dropped Chris Young from all my fantasy teams, he doesn’t seem very solid at the moment, but neither do any of our pitchers (besides Rogers, but he’s benched by Selig).
I tuned back in again after the third inning, just in time to see us bop three home runs to tie the game at 5-5. One of which was the first home run by Tex as a right hander. Looked an awful lot like the one he in the the All Star game, too. Then in the top of the fifth, we go up 6-5 on an Alfonso Soriano home run. Feeling good again. Not very confident, mind you, but good, as we’d taken the lead. Doug Brocail did a good job holding the O’s down, as did Gryboski. It stayed that way for awhile, when in the bottom of the 8th the Orioles managed to push across a run against Brian Shouse to tie it. Still feeling good. Kam Loe came in and finished off Shouse’s inning. So we’re tied after 8. Soriano singles, then steals second and third. After Hidalgo walked, Mark DeRosa stepped up and delivered a hit to the left field wall, that got stuck underneath the padding which allowed Hidalgo to score from first. That put us up two. I was feeling really good.
Then in the bottom of the ninth, Matthews botched a play and allowed Sosa to reach, setting the stage for Javy Lopez to homer to left, tying the game. That’s the second time I gave up on the game. I got so mad when he hit that HR that I turned off the TV. However, I couldn’t stay away long, after a couple of minutes of Super Monkey Ball on my Xbox, I came back to the game, figuring I’d get mad again.
After an uneventful top of the 10th inning, Sammy Sosa reached again on a fielding error (this time DeRosa). Uh-oh. Getting ready to give up again, but I didn’t. Javy Lopez just got a single this time, and after a couple of outs, Luis Matos singled to center. Gary Matthews picked up the ball and tossed it home on a laser to Rod Barajas. Sosa comes in to the plate spikes up, in a very Ty Cobb way of doing things. Sosa was tossed out at the plate, but immediately drew the wrath of Rod Barajas. Spikes up sliding is really uncool, and I’m not defending that, but from what I saw on the TV, it appeared Sosa was immediately sorry about it, and appeared to apologize right away. I later heard that he did, and also called the clubhouse to apologize after the game. Still, one has to wonder if the Ranger palyers won’t knock Sosa on his ass with a pitch at some point in the future. Was a fabulous play to toss out Sosa and save the game.
That set the stage for the 11th, and an inning that would put the Rangers on top for good. Hidalgo walked, DeRosa singled, and then Matthews got the game winning home run to cap off a fabulous night for him. The error that allowed the O’s to tie the game aside, Matthews made two spectacular plays in the outfield, one of which being the assist to throw out Sosa at the plate. He went 3-7 with 4 RBI’s and two home runs plus a double. In fact we had 6 doubles in the game (Soriano, Hidalgo, Tex, Matthews, Mench, & DeRosa). DeRosa had a great game, too going 3 for 6 with 3 RBI’s.
We had 20 hits and every starter had at least one. Every starter except Blalock scored at least once. Could have been a lot more as we left 14 men on base. But as bad as that sounds, the Orioles left 16 on base, with most of them coming in the last 6 innings.
Really really long game. The game itself ran 4 hours and 13 minutes, and to make matters worse, there an hour and 37 minute rain delay before it even got started. And it got started in the rain no less! It was nice to write about one of these fiasco games that we ended up winning. The win has us at 50-50 after the first 100 games. I think everyone expected a bit more out of this team at this point. It’s definitely not over, but the storm clouds are floating around, a few buzzards are up there, let’s hope our guys can keep all that at bay.
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G99: Rangers lose to Orioles on Tuesday, 5-4

What a waste.
Gary Matthews was 3 for 4 with a home run and a couple of doubles. Matthews also made a totally sparkling defensive catch in the outfield, crashing into the wall (it made the #1 Web Gem on Baseball Tonight). Dellucci, Mike Young, & Sandy Alomar
Kenny Rogers went 7 innings, gave up three earned runs. Made several good defensive plays in the field.
We lost the game on a home run given up by James Baldwin in the 8th inning.
What a waste.
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G98: Rangers beat O’s 4-2 to start road trip off nicely

Hey, we got a win! Now, one could make the point that it’s against a team that also had a 5 game losing streak, but a win is a win, so I’ll take it. Joaquin Benoit started this game, and I have to say having him in our rotation in 2005 doesn’t thrill me. Been burnt over the several years of his attempts at figuring it out. He was lights out in relief, so I was hoping he’d translate again to the rotation. He’s had two starts in 2005, and the first one was “OK”. This one he only went 5 innings, but gave up no runs on 4 hits plus 4 walks. Not a great WHIP, but the bottom line was no runs, so that’s good. Hopefully he can continue that, as we certainly need the rotation help.
We used four relievers in the game. Ron Mahay didn’t fare too well, giving up the two runs the Orioles got in his 0.2 IP. The remaining three (Loe, Shouse, Cordero) gave up none in their combined 3.1IP.
We actually were outhit 8-6 in the game, but Alfonso Soriano wasn’t fooled. He had three of the team’s 6 hits, including a solo home run, and two of the RBI’s. He scored two himself, so he definitely was the most important player this game.
Was kind of odd that with a game without a ton of scoring and hits that it took three hours and twenty one minutes to play. Nice move by Channel 27 putting it in a 2:45 slot in their programming block. I fail to understand why they continue to do that – how long have they carried Rangers games? Why on earth do they slot games in places they know it won’t fit? Doesn’t make any sense to me.
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G95, 96, 97 vs A’s: We stink.

Not feeling good about the situation right now.
We stink. Not ready to give up, but we stink.

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G94: Rangers lose AGAIN to A’s now solidly in third place

Ever get that sinking feeling? That’s the way it feels right now. Sure, we could still turn it around, but the gut feeling says that we won’t. I want to believe, but our pitching is a shambles, and about to get more interesting what with the Kenny Rogers scenario. The trading deadline is when you hear that music signaling the calvary coming in over the hill. Well, we heard something yesterday. Kevin Gryboski & James Baldwin? Ugh. Now Gryboski probably won’t be all that bad, but Baldwin strikes me as Pedro Astacio II. I can’t see us making a serious run on someone like AJ Burnett or Jason Schmidt, so we’re probably stuck plodding along like we’ve been doing this season. I’m not one of these fans that wants to “blow it up” or wants to insult management, calling them names. Those kind of fans would call in to the now extinct post game show on KRLD and (rightfully so) get insulted by Steve Busby. But it is difficult when you can’t really see any out for this season. I wonder how those 3 fans in Montreal dealt with it for so many years, or the handful of hardcores in Tampa Bay deal with it.
The actual game as such was a real annoying loss – we had many men left on base, and we couldn’t get the job done. Simple as that.
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G93: Yankees Homer Rangers to death 8-4

Jack Benoit started off this game in unbelievably spectacular fashion. He struck out the first four batters of the game. It was electric to watch! He then went and gave up back to back home runs to Jason Giambi & Jorge Posada. But even after that, I felt good. Benoit was pretty decent tonight. Through the first four. Then came the fifth, and when rookie Robinson Cano hit a three run home run, I felt like that was it. The ship had sailed. And sail it did. It also left behind three more home runs, for a total of 6 by the Yankees.
That’s pretty much the story of this game. Home runs all over the place.
It was a depressing thought, the end of this game. Because it felt like we weren’t in it, even given the decent pitching we got the first few innings. I thought we’d beat up on a journeyman pitcher for the Yankees, and we didn’t. Starting to feel bad about the overall direction of the team this season. I never believe it’s OVER until there’s more concrete proof of it. There are still two months left, and we could pull a rabbit out of our hat. But with Kenny being out for awhile, coupled with the state of what’s left behind him, I can’t say I have a lot of confidence.
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G92: Rangers squeak by Yanks 2-1 behind Park, Blalock

I don’t have much time to write about this. But to be honest, what needs to be said beyond this?
Chan Ho Park was dominating. Mike Mussina was great. Hank Blalock delivered a winning blow in the 8th, and CoCo had a “2005 Save”.
Nice to knock the Yankees out of first place after we let ‘em get there the night before. :)
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G91: Rangers lose slugfest to Yankees, 11-10

I was at this game. Going there I thought it was going to be bad. Yankee games are always bad because of the jackass contingent of Yankee fans that always turn up. To that, I did get some amusement out of saying “Non All Star Derek Jeter” (thanks for that Tom!). But the weather ended up not being bad at all, in fact there was a nice breeze going, which was a surprise for mid July. I even wasn’t irritated by the Yankee fans cheering for their people – but I did get a chuckle out of the extra emphasis that Chuck Morgan put on the announcement of “don’t be an idiot in the stands” (my words). That announcement only seems to be used when Yankee fans are in the house.
The game itself was surprisingly good, even if there wasn’t a lot of (good) pitching on either side. Let’s face it, with a game that had a total of 338 pitches and 11 pitchers, you know it’s not going to be great statswise. But it was one of those games that went back and forth and back and forth. I don’t know exactly how many times the lead changed hands, but it was a couple.
I tend to like games that go back and forth like that. I detest games when we get behind 7-0 right away. Even if we come back from a deficit like that, I’d much rather the game be close all the way, even if we lose.
This was game two where Jason Botts rotts on the bench. I wish we had a formal position for him to come up to.
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G88: Rangers lose to the old Barry Zito, 7-2

This game was almost exactly like last night’s game. Except we managed to get a couple of runs late. But Barry Zito did exactly what was done to us the night before. Shutout through 7+ innings. Was painful to watch, being so offensively inept. I don’t know how Mariner fans put up with it. .
Anyway, John Wasdin now has two outings in a row where he pitched like the journeyman he was before the start of this season. Not sure what to believe with him at the moment, although there’s more evidence of the crappy John Wasdin then the good John Wasdin.
Kind of sad that we’re having to rely on him, though.
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G87: Rangers face near perfection, lose 6-0

Well, there’s little to say about this one other than Rich Harden was damn near perfect. Once he got into the 8th, I actually was rooting against the Rangers, I wanted him to get it. :) Park wasn’t godawful, but he isn’t pitching like the guy we need him to be in the second half. What a shock.
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G86: Ranger survive another one 9-8 on Jamey Newberg (& Rusty Greer) Day

This was the (what appears to be now annual) Jamey Newberg game. This is where folks who get Jamey Newberg’s newsletter all gather together and attend a game. Last year there was a bunch of is crammed into the biggest suite they have out in left field above the bell. This year there was something like 200 of us, and we were spread out over ten suites which seemed to be above Sections 206-216. As with last year, even though I scored the game, my heart wasn’t into it, as folks were chatting about the Rangers, the Futures game on TV, and other things, so I’m not writing much about the game, except this. Nice to get a sweep and go into the break only 5 down. I’d say most of us would feel pretty good about that.
The get together was nice, as I got to talk to some people I didn’t know, some I did. A really nice mix. This was Rusty Greer Day where the team honored Rusty, showed a bunch of highlights, had some former players there, etc. They gave Rusty some gifts, and basically was nice to see him back out on the field again. Hopefully gets more involved with the team soon. As a father, I understand the desire to want to be with your kids very well, though.
There was a lot going on, as it was also the toy drive game, and those who brought at least one toy got put into a raffle for some door prizes. I won one, I got an autographed Drew Meyer ball – very nice. Thanks Jamey!
Before the Rusty Greer ceremony, we were all in the auditorium that’s behind the the museum. We had several speakers, one being Will Carroll (always a good chat), Asst GM Jon Daniels, as well as John Wetteland, and finally Jim Sundberg. Was nice of all those guys to come talk to us fans, so it was all appreciated.
Anyway, here’s some pictures of the proceedings. During the auditorium sessions, I had some issues with red eye. I tried to fix it, and in a lot of cases I did, but unfortunately I couldn’t repair Jon Daniels’ pictures. I posted one of him. It’s not great, but the others I took were even worse.
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G85: Rangers survive Saturday’s game, 12-10

I probably wasn’t the only one watching this game thinking Kenny was nervous in the first inning. He gave up a double, a single, and a home run, and we were down 3-0 after just one out into the game. Quite honestly, I expected more boos out of the crowd. I think it would have happened if Kenny had not apologized a couple of days ago, but I’m tired of talking about that situation. But after that, Kenny settled down nicely, as those were the only runs he gave up. Kenny wasn’t totally sharp tonight, he did give up 8 hits (no walks), but pitched well enough to earn his 10th win of the season.
Offensively, we exploded for seven runs in the third inning on a barrage of hits (I think 8 in a row, three of which were home runs) after there were two outs in the third. Gary Matthews got it going with a home run to left that TV quite clearly showed was foul, but was ruled a home run – even after the umps got together and discussed it. If that was ruled foul, and Gary was out after that, we wouldn’t have gotten any of those 7 runs. So thank you Blue. We tacked on two more in the fourth, and three more in the sixth to go up 12-3. I was feeling quite comfortable. Kenny was rolling. Mark Teixeira had two home runs, 6 RBI, and 4 hits overall. Things were good.
Until our bullpen decided to roll over and die in the 9th. Kameron Loe was good in the 8th, but in the 9th, Juan Dominguez & Doug Brocail came on. Between the two of them, they faced 7 batters, and got no one out. We gave up a 7 spot to match the one we ourselves got earlier in the game. We managed to hang on, mostly because Francisco Cordero had to come on after our 9th inning debacle allowed it to become a save situation again.
We got the win, but it shouldn’t have been anywhere near as close as it was. The Angels lost again too, so we’re back up to 6 games down. If we can sweep tomorrow, we could go into the break 5 games down, which I think is better than most of us anticipated after the first two games of the Anaheim series here two weeks ago.
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G84: Rangers get a thrilling walkoff win, 7-6

I think like a lot of Ranger fans, I got disgusted after the second inning. John Wasdin pitched like the journeyman pitcher he was before he appears to have “found it” this year. He gave up 6 runs in the second inning, to put us in the hole against Cy Young candidate Roy Halladay. If you were someone who tuned the game out after that, then I would agree with you, as I’ve been known to tune out in those circumstances. However, this game I stayed with it, and I was glad I did. We were only down 6-2 after the second inning, and we picked up another run in the third, and two more in the fourth.
However, the third was the moment of change for the game. Kevin Mench nailed Roy Halladay in the leg with a batted ball that really looked like a big ol’ ouch. Halladay had to come out of the game, and it was mentally I think the moment that the game turned. Halladay was out, and I think a sense of “We can come back now” was what most were feeling. But we didn’t take adavantage of it much, as the game remained 6-5 through till the bottom of the ninth. We had chances, though. In the second inning, Mark Teixeira was called out on a strike that really looked too low – Tex very openly complained about it, which he rarely does. Thing is, Hank Blalock came up to start the third and hit a home run. Now I know that doesn’t mean he would have gotten one if he had come up in the second, but it’s one of those Grrrr. moments. :)
But the bottom of the ninth was more or less handed to us on a plate by the Blue Jays. They made three errors in the inning. Hank Blalock was awarded second on a two base throwing error. Alfonso Soriano then singled to tie the game scoring Blalock. Sori tried to steal second, and Gregg Zaun tossed the ball into center, sending Sori to third on the second run of the inning. Finally, Rod Barajas hit a ball to short, and their shortstop threw the ball away trying to get Sori at home for the third and game winning error. Nice come from behind win, and we picked up one on the Angels, too.
A nice side note is that Mike Young almost got a cycle. He had a single, home run, and triple after the fourth inning. But he never could get the double to finish it off. Still, he went 4-5 and his batting average is way up there now (.334 after this game). Gotta love he’s going to the All Star Game, and Derek Jeter isn’t.
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G83: Rangers lose to Sox again, 7-4

I’m writing this on Friday, as I’m trying to wrap up a bunch of things at work for the weekend, so I don’t have much recollection of this game. I didn’t think Chan Ho Park pitched all that bad, though.
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G82: Rangers get slammed out, 7-4 on Tuesday

Well, I only superficially was paying attention to this game, as I needed to do a few things related to baby care. When I came back to peek at the score, and saw it was 7-0 starting the fourth, I turned it off. I find as my attention is demanded elsewhere more often I have less patience to watch games that we get bombed early in.
We did come back to make it at least respectable, 7-4. but it felt like it was 70-4. Always is with Wakefield. You either blow him out with 8 runs in the first 1.2 IP, or he does what he did, make you look stupid.
We looked stupid last night.
One thing I did like, even if it was at the Rangers’ expense was Manny Ramirez’ grand slam. That gives him 20 for his career, and he’ll break the all time Grand Slam record held by Lou Gehrig (needs 4 to do that). I’ve always liked Manny. Don’t have a concrete reason. Manny’s also the only player who I have a foul ball from. About 6 years ago, when Manny was with Cleveland, he hit a foul off the hand of Aaron Sele, and I got it. My one foul ball in about 33 years of going to baseball games. :)
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G81: Rangers get a great walk-off win against the BoSox, 6-5 on July 4th

I was at this game Monday night. I almost didn’t go, because I had a nice day with my wife and daughter. But I went, and I was glad I did, saw a great game, and a great win. I got to the park, and ended up having a nice chat with a fellow who doesn’t normally sit where my seat is about scoring the games. I was scoring on my PDA, and he on paper, so we had a nice chat about all that.
This game got off to a good start. We scored three runs in the bottom of the first and went up quickly. To beat Boston, I figured that was necessary. What was bothering me was the fact we left 7 men on base in the first few innings. Twice had the bases loaded and didn’t get anything – both times the final out was made by Hank Blalock, too. That wasn’t good. Something else that wasn’t good was the fact that Ricardo Rodriguez walked three batters in the third inning on the way to letting the Sox back in the game by giving up two runs. Even with that, I felt pretty good about the game. They tied it in the 6th on a double by Trot Nixon, and I still felt good. Felt like we had another crooked score inning on the way. However, that feeling went out the window when Manny Ramirez jacked an absolute titanic home run in the 8th inning to give the Sox a two run lead. At the park they said the home run went four hundred and fourty some odd feet, but it lookd a LOT more than that. The record in our park is 491, which was straight to the top of Green’s Hill by Paul Sorrento. This one wasn’t at the top, was about 2/3 of the way up and off to the right a bit by my eye. Given the wall is 400, and the top is 491, I would think 2/3 up would be more than 450 at least, plus it was angled a bit to the right, which would add a few more feet. 440 something isn’t enough, IMO.
Anyway you measure it, it’s a pretty deflating home run. We picked up one of the two on a two run double by Rod Barajas in the bottom of the 8th, but we were still losing, and I wasn’t feeling good about coming back, even given Keith Foulke’s recent struggles. But the rest is history, led by a Mike Young triple. A walk, hit batseman later set up the table for Kevin Mench to win it for the Rangers.
The Angels lost too, so we picked up a game in that regard. Go Twins! :)
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Rangers take 2 out of 3 in Seattle

I had a nice weekend with my wife and kid, and decided I’m not going to do updates for the Mariners series. Was nice to take two out of three up there. A few notes from the series:
1) Not surprised to see Kenny Rogers booed when he took the field. I wonder what kind of reception he’ll get in Arlington his next start?
2) I was pretty surprised to see the Mariners DFA Bret Boone. I’ve never been a big fan of his, mostly because of his “bat flip” stuff – but he still struck me as a good player. I don’t want him here (not that there’s any room anyway), but I have to imagine someone will pick him up pretty quickly.
3) It’s a good thing the Rangers don’t have Safeco field as their home park – there were SEVERAL balls hit that were outs, which would have been home runs in our park. Hank Blalock got screwed out of two home runs in the same game that way.
4) Shame Kenny didn’t get a win on Sunday – he pitched pretty damn well, and deserved a win.

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G77: Rangers bomb Angels 18-5 on Thursday afternoon

If there ever was a game to bring some good feeling back (even just temporarily after falling 8.5 games back), this was it. 8 home runs, 18 runs, 15 hits, at least one hit by every starter. At least one run scored by every starter. A call that went our way (the home run by the angels that was denied). This was a good game.
Chris Young only went 5 innings, but given the temperature out there, and the fact that he had almost 30 some odd pitches in the first inning probably contributed to that. Young also struck out 7 in his 5 innings. He’s looking pretty good at the moment. Juan Dominugez pitched two innings of shutout relief. Overall, I say our pitching was pretty good today. Not awesome, but pretty decent.
Offensively, where do you start? As I said above, 18 runs on 15 hits. That means we had a total of 7 hits that weren’t home runs. Of those 7, three were doubles. Kevin Mench had three home runs, matching Alex Rodriguez’s team record for that. I also thought Victor Rojas got extremely excited at Mench’s third home run – I was listening over the internet at work, and had to laugh – his voice got so excited, I think he overloaded his microphone being too close. Enjoyed that, Vic! :)
We’re still 6.5 games out, and headed to Seattle. Kenny Rogers is in tow, but as I write this (3PM on Fri), the verdict on his punishment is still not delivered from Bud Selig. So whether Kenny pitches at all on this trip (he’s supposed to go Sunday) remains to be seen. I would have preferred going on the road with a better record than we got. We’re still 6.5 games behind the Angels. That’s a daunting proposition as we don’t play them again directly till the end of September. Still, it could have been a lot worse. After game two of this series, I think most Ranger fans expected us to lose all of ‘em and be 10.5 games back.
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G76: Rangers finally beat the Angels 7-6 on Wed

Was nice to see a win – I think if this game had been a loss, it would have made the night completely miserable as a Rangers fan. It’s still not fun thanks to the “Rogers Rage”, but we at least got a win the way the Angels seem to be getting them lately – bloops. This game felt like ours for the entire run. We were up early, and it felt good, despite the odd feeling of the Rogers Rage from earlier.
Vlad Guerrero hit a home run in the 8th. No surprise there. OK, we’re up 6-4. No biggie. Cordero came in, got a couple of outs, and then gave up a double to Jeff DaVanon. Anaheim sends up Dallas McPherson who had very little at bats lately to face Coco, and he hits a two run home run to tie the game 6-6. Wow, was that a depressing moment. After the first two games, I was feeling good, and all that feeling went out the window when they tied the game.
Fortunately, we managed to win the game in the 11th on a bloop hit by Alfonso Soriano, but the 9th was still a deflating moment. Ricardo Rodriguez was spectacular, going 7.2 innings, giving up three runs, but only one earned. Brian Shouse finished that inning, and then Cordero gave up his couple in the ninth. Kameron Loe came in and pitched a couple of scoreless innings that allowed us to get the win, and take some of the attention (although not much) from Kenny Rogers.
Speaking of Rogers, did anyone watch the TV coverage? They had some really cool camera angles from a camera atop the office buildings out beyond Vandergriff Plaza. During the telecast, Josh said “We’re looking for ideas for a name for this camera”. I jumped online and called it the “Safe from Kenny Cam”, but they didn’t go with that. :)
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G75: Rangers blow it in extra innings, 5-1

I was really enjoying this game. Even going into extra innings I was enjoying it. John Wasdin did far better than I anticipated. I normally don’t enjoy extra inning games, because we lose them, especially if they end in the 10th, but if we get past the 10th, we tend to do OK. Then Anderson hit a grand slam, and I got all annoyed. I was ready to put the big deficit in the standings behind us emotionally until the grand slam. That was a major downer.
Dammit.
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