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G129: Rangers beat Devil Rays, stop slide

The Rangers finally managed to beat the Devil Rays on Thursday night. The fact that I have to make a point out of that is sad. We are down seven games to the A’s now as we (IMO) limp home to face the A’s. We have three games against them, and we could end up four out. Or we could end up a whole lot worse. My gut feeling says we’ll take 1 of the 3.
Anyway, the Devil Rays series was just depressing, I didn’t want to write about it. Although on Thursday night, we got a glimmer of what made the Rangers trade David Dellucci to the Phillies at the end of spring training. Robinson Tejeda went for us, and ever since he beat us back in Philly last June, he’s struck me as one of those types with great talent, but no control, mostly due to his young age. But tonight Tejeda went 7.2 Innings, giving up just two runs on 5 hits. I didn’t see most of the game, but his line looked pretty good.
Offensively we managed to get nine hits in all. Carlos Lee & Gerald Laird had two each, the rest were scattered, with no other Ranger getting more than one. Tex, Blalock, & Lee all doubled, and Carlos Lee also had a home run – something he was lauded for before the trade, but seems to be not doing much since donning Texas blue.
It’s always nice to get a win, but we should have had way more than just ONE in the Tampa series. Sigh.

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I normally don’t do this, but…

I give up.
I’m not stopping the site at all, I’ve weatherd some bad teams since I started this, but I give up on the 2006 season. Sigh.
Oh well. Who will our outfield be in 2007?

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Devil Rays Series So Far

Sigh.

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A little behind

Got a little behind with some real life stuff, going to take a break from updating for the Tigers series. See ya early next week.

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G121: Rangers win big 9-3, fight the Angels in the 9th

Well, there were two innings worth talking about in this game. The first one is the third inning, and the other is the ninth.
Scott Feldman pops Adam KennedyThe third was notable because of the big huge 8 spot we put on the board. This was capped off by a grand slam by Ranger outfielder Nelson Cruz. This apparently was the first time that Cruz ever came to the plate with the bases loaded as a major leaguer, and he hit a line drive grand slam over the left field wall. That wasn’t the only run Cruz scored that inning, as he was driven in on a two run home run by Ian Kinsler. Kinsler’s home run was interesting because it came a pitch or two after what would have been a caught stealing for Cruz, which was negated when home plate umpire Sam Holbrook nullifed the play on his own umpire’s interference. That was a very good inning for us.
The top of the 9th was set up by some fun in the bottom of the 8th. Mike Young was hit by a Kevin Gregg pitch. Brandon Donnelly relieved Gregg, and immediately hit Freddie Guzman with a pitch, and was ejected. In the top of the ninth, the Rangers brought on Scott Feldman to pitch the ninth, and the submarine pitcher was later discovered to be a submarine puncher, too. This was when Adam Kennedy was plunked, charging the mound, clearing the benches.
The brawl wasn’t a really long drawn out one, in fact, as bench clearing brawls go, it was pretty tame, not a lot of those secondary and tertiary fights you usually see. But it’s always entertaining to watch these things. Best moment of the fight for me was Mark DeRosa’s football style tackle of Adam Kennedy who got plunked pretty well by Scott Feldman, who punches sidearmed too. It wasn’t quite the pasting that Nolan Ryan gave to Robin Ventura, but Feldman’s pounding of Kennedy can pretty much be seen in the photo here. Kennedy didn’t get much (if anything) on Feldman before being tackled to the ground by Mark DeRosa.
Of course, all this was set up by Vicente Padilla yesterdaay, and also Adam Eaton a week or so ago, so there’s been a lot of beanball between the teams lately. Will make for an interesting end run of the season, if this stuff is still hanging around.
On to Detroit where we meet Kenny Rogers & Pudge again tomorrow.

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G120: Padilla ejected, Rangers 4 HR’s not enough, Angels win, 9-7

I didn’t see much of this game, so I won’t have a lot to say, just a couple of the bullet points.

  • Vicente Padilla was ejected for throwing at Angels batters. I honestly didn’t realize that, as I had missed that bit of the game, and for some reason never caught any mention of it in the bits I did see. Word came down on Wed that the Rangers aren’t happy with the way it came down and are talking about suspending Pidente over that.
  • We added four more doubles to our doubles pile.
  • We had four home runs, including Matt Stairs’ first as a Ranger.

That’s about all I have for this one. Better hit the official recap link below for further details.

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G119: Rangers beat M’s 10-6, sweep series

Here’s an image I haven’t been able to break out in awhile; my sweep image. But it was a good sweep, as it was four games against an opponent inside our own division. This is always good. Now it was just the Mariners, who were behind us, but it’s always good to put some room between you and anyone in your division. Although I don’t think anyone’s worried about the Pittsburgh Pirates or Kansas City Royals sneaking up on them in the standings. Mariners are a little closer than that, so four games helps.
Behind a freshly shaven Kevin Millwood, the Rangers gave up a two spot in the second, but took the lead back straight away with a 3 run bottom of the inning. This was fueled by a bases loaded double by Gary Matthews (who was thrown out trying to strech it into a triple). But it was enough to give us the lead. Millwood gave up another run in the top of the third on a sac fly, but that’s all he would give up for the game.
After that we got to Felix Hernandez for three more in the bottom of the fifth, and after another in the bottom of the sixth on a wild pitch, Felix was gone. However, that wasn’t it. We scored again in the seventh and eighth to widen our lead to 9-3.
Rick Bauer, who seemed a lock awhile back to have the 8th inning setup role has become shaky lately. He gave up three more runs in his 1.2 innings of work. In fact, I think I remember seeing Aki get up becaue of Bauer’s performance. But we got the win, and the sweep, no matter how rocky the 9th looked.
We had five more doubles as a team to load on top of our massive mound of them this year. Mike Young had a triple. Nobody had a home run. But Millwood went 6 and got a win.
More imprortantly we’ve shown we can handle the Mariners, which will be helpful as we go down the stretch.

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G118: Rangers beat Mariners again, 5-4

After the first two games of the series, I was feeling pretty good about our team vs the Mariners. But then I remembered that Edinson Volquez was pitching. Now I don’t have anything against Volzquez – he’s a wonderful talent. In the minor leagues. While he’s shown flashes of brilliance in the majors, he’s not had the same kind of success up here – yet.
So I wasn’t expecting a lot when he took the mound Saturday night. He proved me wrong, going seven innings, giving up no runs on just four hits. He did walk three, so it wasn’t as “crisp” as that line showed. But you can’t argue with seven innings of shutout ball. Benoit came in and stunk up the joint – all four runs the Ms have were on his ledger. Bauer & Otsuka had zeroes up there, which kept it a win for the Rangers. But Volquez had a great outing, something that I agree with Mike Hindman on.. It didn’t get a lot of coverage locally.
Offensively, we continued our pile of extra base hits. We got doubles from Gary Matthews & Ian Kinsler. We got home runs from Gary Matthews & Gerald Laird. We had 12 hits in all, so most of them were just singles. Tex was 3-3, Matthews was 2-4, Laird was 2-3. Was a fairly balanced attack. Seven of our nine starters got at least one hit (Blalock & Cruz did not).
There was a 20 minute rain delay in this one. I did not go to the game – I didn’t miss the rain, I hate rain delays. I would have liked to have seen the 1996 “reunion”, however.
Still, we go into Sunday with the possibility of doing something we haven’t done in ages, that being sweep a team in a four game series.

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G117: Rangers clobber M’s 14-7; I miss getting a bobblehead.

I don’t suppose anyone reading this has an extra Sundberg bobblehead they wouldn’t mind trading for the Mike Young bobblehead from earlier this year, would they? I have a new one of that in the box, and would like to trade. If you would like to do this, drop me an email.
Why did I miss my bobblehead? Well, I left work promptly at 6PM. I work over near Northwest Highway & LBJ in Garland. So it’s a bit of a drive for me, but with a 7:30 game, there shouldn’t have been any problem. Then I got past the downtown Mixmaster after the usual slowdowns before it. I hit the wall. It took me about 45 minutes to go from the main post office outside of Dallas to Cocherel Hill. That’s what, two miles? It was 7:20 when I got past the accident, and fortunately, I got to 30 & Six Flags right as the first pitch was thrown. I parked my car right when the Mariners finished batting in the top of the first, and got inside the ballpark right after Carlos Lee flied out to right, so I saw all the real fun. But yikes, I detest being late for a game with a passion, and right up until the point I broke through the traffic jam, I contemplated turning around. However I was 2/3 there already, and I ended up not missing much.
Good thing I came, as I saw a whale of a game. This game was “over” after four innings. But those first four innings were highly eventful. Kip Wells put up a zero in the top of the first, but a couple of key errors in the bottom of the first kept the Mariners from doing the same. A Ben Broussard throwing error could have been a double play, and then a Betancourt throwing error could have been out three, had the Broussard one not happened. As it was we put up a big crooked line in the first inning; a seven. In all we got seven runs on just TWO hits, as Gil Meche was just abysmal, walking four in the first. In fact, here’s the play by play for the first inning:

  • G. Matthews Jr. walked
  • M. Young walked, G. Matthews Jr. to second
  • C. Lee flied out to deep right center, G. Matthews Jr. to third
  • M. Teixeira walked, M. Young to second
  • H. Blalock reached on fielder’s choice, G. Matthews Jr. scored, M. Young to third, M. Teixeira to second on B. Broussard’s throwing error
  • M. Stairs flied out to shallow left
  • I. Kinsler walked, M. DeRosa to second
  • R. Barajas safe at first on shortstop Y. Betancourt’s throwing error, H. Blalock and M. DeRosa scored, I. Kinsler to third, R. Barajas to second
  • G. Matthews Jr. singled to shallow right, R. Barajas and I. Kinsler scored
  • M. Young flied out to deep right

Quite an eventful first inning. Kip Wells was a little wobbly in the top of the second, but didn’t allow anyone to score. Then came the bottom of the second. Gil Meche walked the first two batters of the inning, which prompted Grover to take him out. Gil Meche faced only 13 batters, and walked 6 of them. He threw 54 pitches to get his three outs, 30 of them were balls, only 24 strikes. Again, abysmal.
Blalock then singled loading the bases. Mark DeRosa doubled to right center, but it wasn’t your traditional double, it hung up a bit, prompting the runners to hold up to see what happened. When it landed, it forced the always amusing to watch bit where two baserunners are right next to each other rounding the bases (BLalock & Teixiera). Tex scored, but Blalock was tagged out, denying DeRosa a three run double. Instead he just had two. DeRosa scored a minute later when Matt Stairs singled him in.
The Mariners broke the shutout in the top of the third with a double (Beltre) and a single (Ibanez). Still, we’re doing OK. One run through three is not bad. Then we came up in the bottom of the third, and got the run back immediately, as Carlos Lee annihilated the first pitch of the inning way WAY over the left field fence, past the seats and almost down the walkway behind Section 8 in left. Very impressive looking home run. A couple of batters later, Mark DeRosa had another home to almost the same place, it too was very impressive looking. That gave DeRosa just the triple needed for the cycle, which he didn’t get unfortunately. But he still had a pile of RBI’s, can’t complain about that.
The wheels fell off a bit in the top of the fourth, the Mariners put up their own big ugly squiggly number on the linescore, a 6. Here’s how they did it:

  • K. Johjima doubled to deep left
  • Y. Betancourt singled to left, K. Johjima to third
  • A. Jones doubled to deep left, K. Johjima and Y. Betancourt scored
  • I. Suzuki safe at first on second baseman I. Kinsler’s fielding error, A. Jones scored
  • J. Rupe relieved K. Wells
  • J. Lopez singled to right, I. Suzuki to third
  • A. Beltre grounded into fielder’s choice, I. Suzuki out at home, J. Lopez to third, A. Beltre to second
  • R. Ibanez homered to deep right center, A. Beltre and J. Lopez scored
  • R. Sexson singled to right
  • B. Broussard hit by pitch, R. Sexson to second
  • K. Johjima struck out swinging
  • Y. Betancourt flied out to right

Kip Wells came out in this inning with what we’re told is a foot injury. That’s two injury issues since he’s been here, which has been just a couple of weeks. That’s rather troubling. Not sure what to make of that now, but Wells did get dropped on the one fantasy team I had him on.
In the bottom of the fourth, we got one of the runs back on a Gary Matthews home run into the Rangers bullpen. And that would be it for the scoring, save for a sac fly by DeRosa in the seventh. That was a total of 20 runs in the first four innings for both teams.
I was glad I went, nice to see an offensive explosion in person again, but I did miss getting my Sundberg bobblehead. Bummer. When I was walking out after the game, Sunny was still signing his bobbleheads. I heard he was doing that before the game; I wonder if he was there the whole game or not. If so, he was there for quite awhile.
And as a final kicker, when I was coming home, I was just getting to Reunion Arena, and saw Rt 30 backed up as far as I could see. I shot up onto 35E North and took it to 635, and over to 30. I spent a lot more time driving back and forth to the Rangers game than I would have liked tonight. We need a high speed rail line that goes to the Rangers games, dammit!

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G116: Rangers come home, beat Mariners, 8-2

Well, for the first five and a half innings, not much happened. The Mariners did get two runs, but both were on wind assisted home runs that barely cleared the outfield wall. Joel Piniero was cruising, which was odd, as we usually annihilate him. Adam Eaton was doing well too, except for the two home run balls. Time was flying, and I was out and about running some errands, so I was listening to the game on the radio. I got home in the top of the seventh inning, but I had to replay the bottom of the sixth on my TiVo.
Up until this point, Piniero had only allowed three singles to Ranger hitters. We were pretty asleep at the wheel. It was at this point that the annihilation began. Rod Barajas singled, Sarge Jr walked, and after a Mike Young flyout, Carlos Lee singled to load the bases. It was at this point that Mark Teixeira cleared the bases with a double that missed being a grand slam by a foot or two right off the wedgie in right field, giving us the lead 3-2.
Which was good, because Buck took out Eaton and put in CJ Wilson. Two quick groundouts and a strikeout later, we were back at bat, and the seventh turned out to be more interesting than the sixth. Piniero went back out, but didn’t have much. After a Stairs groundout, Kinsler singled, Rod Barajas doubled, putting men on second and third. Piniero’s last act was to intentionally walk Gary Matthews to get to Michael Young. Now I know it was a double play move, but wow – Young is lights out with the bases loaded.
It was at this point that I thought “Man, the folks at USS Mariner will be firing up another ‘Kill Hargrove’ thread”. I knew they wouldn’t be liking this.
Grover brought in Julio Mateo, and he promptly gave up a double to Mike Young, which kicked up chalk in the left field corner. Sarge ran through the stop sign at third, and scored. The throw home from Betancourt bounced off Jojima, and went into the Rangers dugout. This awarded Michael Young a little league grand slam (OK, really a double with a two base error), but still.
And the fun didn’t end there. Carlos Lee then singled, Tex walked, Blalock singled to right, loading the bases again. At this point, Grover took out Mateo (who retired no one), and replaced him with Sean Green. Mark DeRosa singled to the left side, but the ball hit Mark Teixeira in the back, which cost us a run when Carlos Lee was forced to return to third. Green then plunked Matt Stairs, who was up for the second time in the inning, forcing in the eighth run.
There was no more scoring after this, but I have to say this game really turned on a dime. We did to Piniero late in his appearance what we usually do early on. We picked up a half a game on the idle A’s, and a game on the Angels (who got blown out). We’re now alone again in third place, 5 back of Oakland.

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Catching up with the Road Trip

Time for another of those catchup posts. I missed a few games, mostly due to the fact that the stupid games are starting so late again.
G112: Rangers lose to Angels, 9-1: This game turned me off pretty quickly. The ejection of Adam Eaton in the first inning pretty much annoyed me. As it annoyed a lot of other Ranger fans from reading – I also saw the guys on Baseball Tonight get into it and question the ejection. Whether it would have turned the game, who knows. Josh Rupe followed Eaton, and gave up 5 runs in the 1.2 innings he pitched following Eaton’s departure. We were down 8 runs in the second inning; a certain recipe for disaster. It wasn’t helped by the double error Ian Kinsler made on the same play. Just a game that got too ugly too fast, and we just really had no hope in this one early on. [ Game recap on mlb.com ]
G113: Rangers lose to A’s, 7-4: This was a game I didn’t get to see much of at all, because I was too tired, and went to sleep before it finished. When I went to bed, it was 4-2 A’s. In looking at the box score, Volquez wasn’t particularly great, giving up 4 runs in 5 innings while walking two. I’ve seen a lot worse than that, but those kinds of numbers won’t win you many ballgames. Rick Bauer didn’t help, giving up 3 more in his inning plus. Our old buddy Esteban Loaiza went 6.2Ip, giving up all four runs the Rangers scored.
Speaking of that, Hank Blalock busted out with a home run, but generally is doing his usual second half slump, although it doesn’t feel as pronounced to me (I haven’t looked up the numbers before making that statement). Matt Stairs chipped in with a couple of doubles, plus Kinsler & Tex had a double as well. Hard to write about this one as I didn’t see most of it. [ Game recap on mlb.com ]
G114: Rangers lose to A’s, 7-6: This game I didn’t see ANY of, as I was not feeling well, and went to bed around 10PM. Given I was going to bed that early (I normally don’t go to bed until 2AM), I had some other things I needed to get done before I hit the sack. As I didn’t see any of this game at all, I’ll have no actual commentary for it, except to say that an interference call in the 9th inning is a really odd way to end the game. [ Game recap on mlb.com ]
G115: Rangers destroy A’s, 14-0: Well, this one can be summed up like this. “SAVE SOME FOR ANOTHER GAME, GUYS!” Given how many close games we’ve had, winning by 14 runs is both fun and really maddening. I know baseball is different every time you play it, but you always get mad when something like this happens right after losing by one run. Arrrrgh!
Anyway, this one was all Rangers, and it pulled us back to being 5.5 games out in the West. Not too bad, but we can’t afford much more of “not too bad”, we have to get up there and do this kind of stuff routinely if we want to end up on the top of the division. It’s still possible obviously, but you get the feeling that we need to start moving quickly.
This game was led by Mark DeRosa who had two three run home runs as well as a double and a single, with 6 RBI’s in all and two runs scored. He wasn’t the only one, Carlos Lee finally got a home run as a Texas Ranger. We had four doubles in all (Tex, Matthews, Hairston, & DeRosa). Barajas & Matthews also had home runs besides the ones I’ve already mentioned. Was pretty efficient too, having 17 hits and 14 runs.
We pretty much nailed Barry Zito, which does’t usually happen. Zito gave up 6ER in his 5+ IP. Their relievers didn’t fare much better either (except for Flores who stopped the bleeding). Vicente Padilla on the other hand was pretty darn good, going 7 innings, giving up no runs on 6 hits and 6 strikeouts. Ron Mahay also pitched two scoreless innings of relief.
Overall a game that went the Rangers way in just about every way possible. Just wish there were more like that. [ Game recap on mlb.com ]

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G111: Rangers lose to Angels, 10-3

I didn’t see this game, as I was busy doing daddy stuff, and when I did tune in towards the end of the game, it was already 9-3, so I was’t as inclined to start watching it. :)
We were pretty much shut down by Anaheim’s pitching, getting only 5 hits in all during the game. Two of them were by Gary Matthews, one was a double by Carlos Lee, and one was a triple by Hank Blalock. One of the runs the Angels gave up was unearned, too.
John Koronka’s line wasn’t good – going only 4 innings and giving up 7 earned runs on 7 hits with FIVE walks. Ugh. No wonder we got beat.

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G110: Rangers Mark DeRosa beats Angels, 7-3

Mark DeRosa did it all. Well, OK he didn’t, but don’t people always seem to say that when a player has a really great game? Mark (I can’t stand the nickname DeRoll) DeRosa went 2 for 3 with a walk, which doesn’t sound that impressive.
However, the two were a single, and a grand slam. That was DeRosa’s first grand slam of his career, which was nice to see, as it came against John Lackey, who has pretty much confounded the Rangers since he made his major league debut against us a few years back (which I was at). Mark also made a great defensive catch in the seventh. It ended up being a sac fly, but it saved a second run from scoring. Mark’s other RBI was on a based loaded walk.
I still dispute the batter getting an RBI on a bases loaded walk. The stat is runs batted in. Those aren’t batted in.
Anyway, it was a big night for DeRosa. Vicente Padilla (who seems to be getting no coverage around these parts on his recent arrest) pitched well, if not completely dominating. He had a few parts where it was a little wobbly, and a lot of other parts to this game where he did look dominating. Still, you can’t argue with the line; 7IP, 7H, 3R, 5K, 0BB. Josh Rupe followed up with two innings of scoreless relief.
Overall a nice win, one fueled by Mark DeRosa. We’re now back in second place in our rather bunched up division, only 2.5 games out. The Angels now have likely lost Bartolo Colon for the season (time to hit the drop button on a few fantasy leagues), which can only help us going down the stretch.

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G109: Rangers win in 12 innings at Anaheim, 7-6

This game went 12 innings, and it’s quarter after 1 in the morning. I’ll write about it tomorrow.
In the meantime, here are some raw notes I took while watching the game, I’ll make this more cohesive tomorrow. :)

I ended up getting really busy at work and didn’t have time to expand on this. In a way my raw notes are a different kind of report, I guess. :)
Great throw by Matthews in the 6th to nail Cabrera at the plate in the 6th. Millwood stop on a ball hit baack to him in 6th to end inning.
Millwood had some great curveballs going in this game, he looked really sharp.
Three hits by Matthews
Guerrero keeps his streak alive, 43 games. Home Run. What a shock.
Mike Young – league leading 38th double.
Hector Carrasco in 7th. Three pitches, three hits – single, double, single, run in. Tex followed with a double, then Carrasco is out with 0.0 IP. JC Romero, comes in to pitch, then Blalock bounced it into the ground and way up for another single and an RBI, and then he’s out. In comes Brendan Donnelly, and gets a double play and a grounder to end the inning.
Bottom of the 8th. Awwwwww SHIT!
Extra innings. Tired.
Figure out who it was earlier in the game who swung at a pitch at his head to end the inning, promtping much laughter from Josh & Tom. — Juan Rivera, also HR guy in 8th.
Millwood deserved better, the way he pitched.

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G108: Rangers win series finale against Twins, 10-2

Here comes the calvary.
In an afternoon game on Wednesday, the Rangers opened up the offense again and beat the Twins to win the series with a score of 10-2. The calvary arrived in the form of Kip Wells from the Pittsburgh Pirates. OK, it was more than him, but when a guy you trade for makes a start and gets a win, it’s always a good feeling.
Wells, who I sort of knew as I pay attention to the Pirates somewhat due to my wife being from there, wasn’t someone that terribly excited me. Yes, it’s help. Yes, it’s major league help – but Kip Wells spent time on the DL this year, and was 1-5 before coming over from Pittsburgh this year. Last year, he was 8-18 with a 5.09 ERA. Year before that was 5-7 4.55. So he’s not exactly a true saviour. However, he’s probably good for now.
He only went 5 innings today, giving up seven hits and just one run, but got the win. Our four relievers combined for 5 hits and one run, so that was good work there.
Rick Bauer is looking more like a guy who can keep the job he’s been handed with Cordero out of town now.
Mark Teixeira led the offence with two home runs. We also got our mlb leading lead in doubles extended with a total of 4 more in that department. Mark DeRosa seems to be heating up again, and Gerald Laird is getting a lot more playing time. My gut feeling says that Barajas is not here next year, and Laird finally gets his chance to be the #1 starter in 2007.
And I couldn’t end this without snickering at the name of the starting pitcher for the Twins. Boof Bonser. I know he legally changed his name to that some time ago, but it’s stll worth a snicker even at age 40. Buahahaha. :)

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G107: Rangers return favor, unload on Twins; win 9-0

This was shaping up to be a nice pitcher’s duel. Through the first three innings, not much happened. The score was 0-0 at that point. Adam Eaton was going against Scott Baker of the Twins.
Both had things pretty much in check, although Eaton was helped out a bunch in the bottom of the third after he walked two consecutive batters, and each of them was thrown out by Rod Barajas when they attempted to steal second.
However, in the fourth, I had visions of that inning against the Orioles a decade ago when we got 16 runs in one inning (a club record still). We unloaded on the Twins for 8 runs in the top of the fourth. It was a massacre. Carlos Lee started things off with a double. Blalock singled, scoring Lee. Matt Stairs reached on a throwing error, allowing Blalock to score and Kinsler to move up. Rod Barajas got plunked, then Wilkerson (hitting 9th!) singled, scoring Ian Kinsler.
Then Gary Matthews stepped up, and on a 3-2 count, absolutely destroyed a ball into the upper deck for a grand slam, his career second. This home run was an absolute no doubter off the bat – the kind that just looks like it would never come down. I’ve never actually been to the Metrodome, but I’ve seen a bunch of games on TV there, and I can’t recall ever seeing a home run hit that far up there. Quite impressive – and to follow it up, Mike Young hit a solo home run right after that to finish off the scoring. Mark Teixeira followed up with an RBI single in the 9th to add another one, but this game was all over when Matthews hit his slam.
Following that, the Twins pen didn’t do too bad at all. In relief of Baker, the four Twins pitchers combined for 5.2 IP, allowing just two hits and one run – all of that on the fourth reliever (Juan Rincon).
Adam Eaton did a bit better than most people were expecting. His stamina still needs a little work, but he went 6 innings – helped out by the Barajas caught stealings I mentioned before. He gave up just four hits, although he did walk four, which didn’t help, but none of them scored. CJ Wilson & Scott Feldman pitched 3 innings of scoreless relief, for the first shutout thrown by the Rangers in a bit.
I’m getting a little worried about all these lopsided wins. 15-2 one way, 15-2 the other way, and then 9-0. I’d prefer a little more consistancy in our offense and pitching. One way or the other, please. Preferably wins.

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G106: Twins unload on Rangers 15-2

The Twins open up a seriously large can of whoop-ass on the Rangers tonight, beating them 15-2. There’s very little positive to say about this game. Let’s see what I can find.
Rick Bauer pitched one scoreless inning of relief.
Nelson Cruz got his first major league home run.
Mark Teixeira hit a home run.
Not much else.
The “bad” list is signficantly larger than that. There’s not enough time to write about all of that, but a few of those “high”lites…
The Rangers gave up a 5 run first.
The Rangers gave up three seperate 3 run innings
Carlos Lee had his first ofer in a Ranger uniform.
The Rangers are in last place now.
After thinking a bit more about the Matt Stairs trade, I’m not as “WTF” about as I was when it was first announced. He can probably help off the bench, he’s better than my initial remarks said, but I still find it an odd move. Course that’s more an indictement (sp?) of Brad Wilkerson’s failure in 2006 than anything else.
Matt Stairs got beat 15-2 two nights in a row in two different uniforms.
John Wasdin was designated for assignment to make room on the roster for Matt Stairs, so we’re told. Makes me wonder who will go off the 25 for Kip Wells tomorrow.

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G105: Rangers bomb Royals, 15-2

I’m feeling kind of sick tonight, I’ll lay low on writing a lot. I was at the other two games in this series, of course they save all the offense for the game I’m not there for. :)
Carlos Lee continues to deliver with the bat again. Lots of offense all over the place. In games like this, you tend to get garbage lineup changes – we had Rod Barajas playing first base at the end of the game. :)

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G104: Rangers can’t seal the deal, lose to Royals again 5-3

I was disappointed in this. 12 men left on base? Lose the series to the Royals? What the hell was this?
Well, Carlos Lee is as advertised. Was 3-4 with a walk. Wasn’t his problem.
Sigh. It was a really fabulous defensive play by Joey Gathright, though.
I know the party’s not over, but now were the last two games disappointing.

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G103: Rangers lose to Royals, 11-3

Vicente Padilla had nothing. He looked weak, and had over 30 pitches in the first inning alone. He was lucky to escape the first inning with just one run given up. We did tie it up in the bottom of the first, which I’m sure made everyone feel good.
But then it got really REALLY ugly in the top of the second, and that’s not even Padilla. The Rangers comitted two errors, and one was particuarly heinous, it looked like something out of little league, or a videogame. The not so bad one was Ian Kinsler dropping a ball thrown in from the outfield which allowed a run to score. But the particuarly heinous one was Gary Matthews in center whiffing on a ball, allowing it to roll all the way to the wall. By the time they retireived it out there, the Royal batter had come around third, and scored on that play. Ugly! There was one to my eyes at the park looked like an error but wasn’t counted as such – a ball got by Mark DeRosa in right which I thought should have been an error, but it wasn’t. We did actually get a true third error in the game later on when Mike Young had a fielding one. UGLY!
All of that combined to allow a big ol’ five spot for the Royals in the second. That was the game. Yeah, we managed to piece together a few more runs in the 6th & 8th, but after the second inning, the game was essentially over. Benoit did pretty good in relief, as did Ron Mahay, but John Wasdin allowed three runs in the top of the ninth to add insult to injury.
However, one positive note was the debut of Carlos Lee. Wearing #45 (RA Dickey’s old number), Lee made an immediate impact. Playing DH tonight, he went two for four – two singles in his first two at bats. Lee got a standing ovation as he came to the plate in the second inning, and was pretty well applauded after that from what I saw. I’ll talk more about the trade over the weekend, I’ll try and leave it out of here.
I was at this game tonight. We wnated to be there for the Build a Bear giveaway, and Samantha did fine for awhile, but she hit her wall, as the game started only half an hour before her bedtime anyway. She was having fun for awhile, but in the fourth, she hit the wall. We had to leave in the fifth inning, which is very unlike me, but the welfare of the kid comes first. I am going again Saturday night (by myself), so that will be different.
I did take some pictures during the game of a few things – I had decent seats, so I got some nice shots of some of the guys at the plate. Check out my pictures by clicking on the Carlos Lee thumbnail pic here.

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G102: Rangers swept by Yankees, 8-7

You know, two seasons ago, Ryan Drese was busted on live TV making a gesture at a cameraman. Remember that? That’s what I feel right now about the Yankees.

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G101: Rangers lose to Yankees, 7-4

As is my policy on games we lose to the Yankees, I will not write about this one.
Except this. I was at this game. It was hot. It was fairly entertaining booing A-rod. :)

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G100: Rangers lose to Yankees, 6-2

Game just ended. In keeping up with my personal policy on Yankee games, I will not write about it. Except this. Tex’s home run went further than 420 feet.

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G99: Rangers shut out AGAIN

The Rangers have now been shut out for the fifth time in the month of July alone! We lost the series finale to the White Sox, 5-0.
Jon Garland went 8 plus innings, giving up just 6 hits. He also irritated his manager when he wouldn’t intentionally hit Ian Kinsler – Ozzie Guillen needs to chill the hell out regarding hitting people. Yeah, everyone knows it’s done, but stfu already, dude.
Anyway, Vicente Padilla only actually gave up one earned run in his 7 innings pitched. There were three more unearned runs. Don’t ever like giving up that many runs.
Starting to get a little concerned that we’ve now been shut out this many times in one month.

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G98: Rangers take Saturday’s game against White Sox, 3-1

John Koronka started this game, and after the first inning I don’t think many people would have thought he would have gone as deep as he did (6 innings). Koronka threw something like 35 pitches in the first inning. He walked the bases full, but escaped with no runs scored. I don’t remember how many pitches he threw in the second, but it was a lot there too. Koronka ended up throwing 100 pitches in all, and gave up just three hits and one run in all. Not a bad outing given how I thought it was going to be at the start.
Our bullpen was quite good too – four guys going three innings, and giving up just two hits and no runs. That’s just 5 hits total to the World Champs.
On the other side, we only had one more hit than Chicago did. Freddy Garcia pitched a great game too, going 7 innings, giving up just 4 hits and one run. In fact, it was tied 1-1 going into the ninth.
Ozzie Guillen sent out his closer to presumably keep us off the board, so they could win in the bottom of the ninth. Didn’t work out that way, as we loaded the bases up, and then came All Star Game MVP Mike Young – he got one of his usual base hits to right scoring two, and giving us the win.
Otsuka got the save, and the Rangers took the series in Chicago, so let’s see if I can break out the sweep graphic for the first time in awhile tomorrow.