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G137: Rangers stink it up, lose to Royals 8-1

I thought about using the Simpsons clip with Homer and “I’ve seen teams suck before..”, but I just used that a couple of weeks ago. But it was appropriate. The Rangers stunk up the joint pretty good, losing to Kansas City, 8-1.
Ugh. What is it with them? If they were good, it wouldn’t be so much of a puzzle, but they’re not. Gah!

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G136: Rangers hang on again, beat Angels, 8-7

A lot happened in this game, but if you’re a Rangers fan, the thing that was probably the coolest thing was the return of Hank Blalock. This was his first game action since going on the DL back in May. Was nice seeing the Hammer at the plate again. Especially with Mark Teixeira gone, I think this team needs a shot of “familiar” instead of seeing a parade of guys from AAA this year like we have. That’s usually good, but this fan was happy to see someone familiar instead of someone trying to make their mark, know what I mean?
Anyway, Hank went 2 for 4, but the second one was the memorable one. It was a grand slam in the 8th off of Scot Shields, a guy who usually torments us. Was quite nice to see that. In fact, all eight of our runs were off of the longball. Blalock’s grand slam was four, Ian Kinsler’s home run was two, and Brad Wilkerson’s home run was two more for a total of 8 runs. While one would like a more balanced attack, you can’t argue with the results; we won the game.
Kason Gabbard started the game for us, and didn’t pitch all that well. Went six innings, gave up 5 hits, which isn’t too bad, but also walked 5 (bad), and gave up 5 earned runs. I like the 5-5-5 deal from Domino’s Pizza, but definitely not from my starting pitchers. Wes Littleton came in, and was almost perfect in his two innings of work, only walking one batter, and nothing else. CJ Wilson gave up two earned runs in his relief appearance, and tried to give the game to Anaheim, but didn’t break. He earned the save, and we got the win.
Now we go home to play the Royals, a team we should utterly destroy, but never seem to be able to beat.

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G135: Rangers hang on, beat Angels, 7-6

For some reason I always find it amusing when we win a game over an opponent by the same score they just beat us by the day before. I can’t explain that. :)
As this was September 1st, this means it’s time for callups. We brought up two guys, both of which would have likely been here anyway if it wasn’t for extenuating circumstances (injury, punishment). Neither is your classic “September callup”. These would be Hank Blalock, who was activated from the 60 day disabled list. He didn’t play in the game, but it was nice to see his name off the DL. Edinson Volquez was also brought up, and started the game.
Edinson had a few too many pitches (94 in 5 innings), but pitched well enough to get the win. In his five frames, Edinson gave up 7 hits, 2 walks, and three earned runs. Struck out four. Not dominating, but not really bad, either. I’m sure he’ll be in the mix for the starting rotation in 2008. Jamey Wright pitched well in relief. He’s been like Benoit in that regard. He’s pitched extremely well out of the pen, not so much as a starter. Wright went three scoreless innings and looked pretty decent. He gave way to Joaquin Benoit & CJ Wilson, who combined try to give the game to the Angels, but we hung on in the end.
One amusing note was Marlon Byrd. In one of the middle frames, a ball was popped up to him in center, and he completely lost it in the sun. When it finally came down, he had to twist out of the way to save himself from being bonked in the head. It was comical, but fortunately it didn’t cost any runs. Next time up though Byrd deposited a Dustin Moseley pitch into the bullpen, redeeming himself. That was the only home run the Rangers had this game. We did have three doubles (Byrd, Murphy, Wilkkkkkerson) and a triple (Kinsler). Byrd went 3-5, Kinsler was 2-3, and Salty was 2-4. A pretty nice offensive game.
Not a fan of our games on national TV, I much prefer our own guys. I wonder what Tom Grieve does on days like that? Play golf? :)
Michael Young Watch: 1-5. .304 average, 164 hits (36 to go in 26 games)

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G134: Rangers lose in 10 to Angels, 7-6

I didn’t get to see much of this game due to my projects still going on – I was swamped with several big ones all at once, so the Rangers site took a back seat. But I did see some of this one.
This game qualified as a back and forth game. We’d score, they’d score. That happened several times, so it was one of those games where you figured it was going to come down to something small happening late.
Vicente Padilla started the game, and his line tells you it wasn’t a particularly well pitched game. One one hand, he pitched into the seventh, which is good, but then you see he gave up six of the Angels 7 runs on 10 hits, ad one walk. Also for a guy who gets strikeouts, he had zero again. That’s a bit of a concern, I would think. He gave up one home run, a two run shot to Garret Anderson. Mike Wood came in and pitched 1.1 innings of scoreless ball. Frank Francisco finished up, and got the loss. He wasn’t really terrible, as he gave up just one hit and two walks. But they were bunched, so that didn’t help.
Offensively, we had a bunch of hits. Ian Kinsler led off and had three hits, all of which were good solid hits. He looked good. Michael Young also had three hits, and is going to need several more of those to get back to 200 hits. He’s at 163, and needs 37 in 27 remaining games. Definitely doable, but will need several three hit games to accomplish that. Jarrod Saltamacchia had two hits (one a double). Ramon Vazquez also had two hits, so it was nicely spread out. Nelson Cruz had a solo home run in the 7th. We did leave nine men on base, and with 14 hits total, there was definitely opportunities
Random remark: Our old friend Darren Oliver got the win as he was the pitcher of record in the 10th.
Another remark: Scot Shields is one of the better relievers out there. Wouldn’t mind having him, but I somehow feel that Joaquin Benoit can be that way – which is quite an accomplishment given how many times in the last 4 years or so his job hung on by a thread.
Final remark: Nice to see Ron Washington extended. Would have preferred it be for more than one year, but I’ll take it. Makes you wonder if that was done in part for Torii Hunter. We’ll see.

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G133: Rangers sweep White Sox behind 5-1 win

No time to do an update for this game. Way too busy with other projects at the moment.

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G132: Rangers beat White Sox, 5-4

No time to do an update for this game. Way too busy with other projects at the moment.

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G131: Rangers beat White Sox, 4-3

No time to do an update for this game. Way too busy with other projects at the moment.

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G130: Rangers beat Mariners, 5-3

No time to do an update for this game. Way too busy with other projects at the moment.

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G129: Rangers beat Mariners, 5-3

No time to do an update for this game. Way too busy with other projects at the moment.

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G128: Rangers lose to Mariners, 4-2

No time to do an update for this game. Way too busy with other projects at the moment.

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G127: Rangers drop opener of Seattle series, 9-4

The Rangers return home from Baltimore on a red eye, their plane landing at 4:15AM. I wonder how much of that played into the Rangers play tonight. They hit into four double players, which effectively killed any of the rallies they tried starting. We did get four runs, three of them coming on home runs. The only other one was a Michael Young single, which was the only time a rally worked for us, really.
The player by far with the best night was Brad Wilkerson. He went 4 for 4 with the two run home run, three singles, and a run scored. Outside of Wilkerson, no Ranger had more than one hit. We seemed flat, which again could have been due to the travel time from Baltimore.
Pitching wise, Kam Loe was victimized by an error by Travis Metcalf that was the major catalyst for the Mariners seven run sixth. Of the seven runs they scored, five of them were unearned. Shame, as he was fairly decent until the mess in the sixth, which could have been mostly avoided.
Adam Melhuse was dfa’ed today. To be honest, I’m surprised that didn’t happen sooner. He was dead weight once we got Saltamacchia, and he wasn’t going to be around long term. Hopefully he can catch on with someone in the last week before playoff roster eligibility is cut off. He seemed like a nice enough guy, but got squeezed out in a roster move. Later Adam, we barely knew ‘ye.
I finally made it out to the ballpark on a Thursday for their “Thirsty Thursday” promotion. The $1 soft drinks are 12 ounces – the size of a soda can. Technically less with the ice in there. I think if you take three or four of them together they come up to the size of the $5.50 giant cup soda. So it’s still a discount somewhat, although not the enormous discount the “$1 soda” seems to scream. The $1 ice cream on Sunday is a much better deal. The $3 beer on “Thirsty Thursday’s” might be a little better, as the regular $6 beers are 18 ounces I believe, and the discounted one is $3 for 12. Course I can get a longneck 12oz beer for a $1 at home, so hey… :)
To wrap it up, does Mike Ogulnick even LISTEN to the radio broadcast? He started off the show by saying how great the Mariners pitching staff is when he was praising them, but if he had been listening, he would have noticed that Eric & Victor had spent time talking about how pedestrian their pitching staff actually is. They talked about how low the M’s are in terms of the ranking of overall pitching staffs. Once again Ogulnick made me turn off the postgame show due to something silly he said. Can we please get Busby back on there? Busby wasn’t afraid to tell someone they were wrong, even his own co-host.

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G126: Rangers win Game 2 of DH, 9-7

OK, it’s not a traditional sweep, but we swept the doubleheader. :)
We won game two, but not nearly as convincingly as Game 1. John Rheinecker took the mound for the second game, and went five innings. He gave up 5 runs (4 earned) on 6 hits, 5 walks (way too many), and 3 strikeouts. Two of those 6 hits were home runs. It wasn’t particularly a good outing. Still, after the drunken euphoria that was game 1, I think this performance got overlooked. :) Frank Francisco wasn’t particularly good, either. 0.1 innings pitched, three walks, two earned runs. Ugh. The rest of our pen threw shutout ball. The last two (Benoit & Wilson) were the big deals. Benoit had a weird line, in that he gave up no runs, but had a blown save. I’m sure Francisco loved that. Anyway, CJ Wilson got the save, and probably will compete in spring next year with Aki to be the Rangers closer in 2008.
The Orioles pitching wasn’t great either, but not nearly as mind bogglingly awful as they were in Game 1. The starter (Olson), and the second reliever (Hoey) combined for 6 innings, giving up 8 hits, 9 earned runs, and walking 5. The other two relievers (Bradford & Walker) gave up nothing.
Offensively, it was a lot of singles for the most part. We had 11 hits in all, and just one double. Michael Young was 3-5, Sammy Sosa was 2-5, Nelson Cruz was 2-5, and Travis Metcalf was 2-3. In fact, Metcalf was the one with the double, and drove in four RBI. That’s a combined eight RBI for Travis in the doubleheader.
What a night. 39 runs also sets a modern record for runs scored in a doubleheader. It was a record setting night in Baltimore. All seven hours worth at the park.

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G125: A 30-3 win is the biggest can of whoop-ass EVER!

Just how do you write about this game? There’s just so much to write about.

The game started at 4PM when I was still at work. I had to mow the lawn tonight when I got off of work at 6, and I figured with the doubleheader going, game two would be starting when I got home and got started on the yardwork. I have to say I was not expecting game one to still be going when I was pushing the lawnmower around.

But it was. As the game went on and on, I started thinking about what I would write. Usually when the Rangers win big, I have some variant of “Rangers beat…”, “Rangers blew out..”, “Rangers destroyed…”, but none of that applies. I mean, how can any of those things apply when you score thirty freakin’ runs? THIRTY! That’s just nuts! That’s the most runs scored by anyone in 110 years. It’s a record for most runs in a nine inning game in the “modern era”. The Rangers broke seemingly every one of their own records in offensive categories. What’s most amazing to me about this game is that we only scored runs in four of the innings. There were five innings where we put up a zero. We had just 14 runs going into the top of the 8th inning, so we scored 16 in the final two frames (all of which was lawnmower time). Also, in one of those strange statistical abberations, Wes Littleton got a save in this game. : I just don’t know how to describe this game, and do it justice. There’s just so much to talk about, and a lot of folks who are a lot better than me in writing about these things will have something to say, so I’ll do something different. A few words about each Ranger player in the lineup:

Frank Catalanotto: Frank went 3-6 with two runs scored, two RBI’s and two walks. Struck out once.

Ian Kinsler: Ian went 3-7 with three runs scored, two RBI’s, and one walk. Did not strike out.

Michael Young: Michael went 2-5, scoring once, and was one of two players without an RBI. Now has 151 hits for the season.

Travis Metcalf: Travis didn’t start the game, officially went one for one (he did walk and score twice). But the one was a big one, a grand slam for his four RBI.

Marlon Byrd: Marlon was 2-5 with four RBI’s. He walked twice, and scored all four times he was on base. One of his two hits was huge, was the other grand slam we got this game. As a bonus, Byrd’s slam won someone $25,000 on TV.

Jason Botts: Jason had a weird line. He went 3-7, with two RBI and two runs scored. He also struck out four times, qualifying him for the golden sombrero.

Nelson Cruz: Nelson went 2-7 with two runs scored, and two strikeouts.

David Murphy: David had a nice running play in the ninth beating out a ground ball to second. It was very Pete Rose in it’s execution, and allowed more runs to score. He did have five hits (5-7), he scored five, and drove in two.

Jarrod Saltamacchia: Jarrod went 4-6 with two home runs, 7 RBI’s, one walk, one strikeout. Was quite nice to see 7 RBI’s from your #8 batter.

Ramon Vazquez: But not as impressive as getting 7 RBI from your #9 guy as well. Vazquez had two home runs as well on his 4-6 night, scoring four times, and struck out once.

Kason Gabbard: Kason started the game for us, and went six innings. He gave up seven hits, three earned runs, walking one, and striking out three. Since I listened to this game on the radio, it was hard to tell “how” he pitched, but you can’t argue with the win. Another quality start – he’s been a good pickup.

Wes Littleton: Wes came in and finished out the game, going the final three. That’s where the oddly awarded “save” for him came from. No runs allowed, just two hits, walking one, and striking out one.

Of course the flip side to all of this is the Orioles pitching. Given the Rangers scored thirty runs on twenty nine hits, you would have thought the Orioles would have brought in a position player to throw some of this game, but that didn’t happen. The Orioles threw just four pitchers out there. Here’s their stats:

  1. Daniel Cabrera: 5 innings, 9 hits, 6 earned runs, 1 walk, 4 strikeouts, 2 home runs
  2. Brian Burres: 0.2 innings, 8 hits, 8 earned runs, 1 walk, 1 strikeout, 1 home run
  3. Rob Bell: 1.1 innings, 5 hits, 7 earned runs, 3 walks, 1 strikeout, 1 home run
  4. Paul Shuey: 2 innings, 7 hits, 9 earned runs, 3 walks, 5 strikeouts, 2 home runs - Paul Shuey was interesting, as five of the six outs he got were strikeouts – an intersting little stat.

When I was in the back yard when the Rangers were getting runs 20-30, I was just shaking my head. It was just amazing – listening to Eric & Victor was quite the pleasure. When Vazquez got the three run home run to get to #30, I just said “Oh good Lord” out loud to nobody in particular. It was quite impressive. In fact, my brother called the house while I was outside and asked my wife if we were watching. My TiVo did not pick up the schedule change for the doubleheader, so when I got home, I started recording, so I got just the 8th and 9th innings on TiVo. Listening to Josh Lewin was quite interesting, too. Some of my favorite quotes by him were “It’s an Xbox game come to life”, “It’s a 100% massacre”, and some others that I can’t recall right now. I also caught a few minutes of Baseball Tonight right after the game was over, and they had Tim Kurkjian on the phone. His voice was quite intersting, he was almost speechless trying to talk about it. Never quite heard a baseball guy talk like that about a game before.
What a win. I suggest going to the major baseball sites (mlb.com, ESPN, Dallas Morning News, etc) and read the pros talk. There will be a LOT (an awful lot) to read about this one in the next day or so.

Simply amazing.

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G124: Erik Bedard tries Santana impression; beats Rangers 6-2

He was’t quite near as dominant as Johan Santana, but he tried. Bedard was pretty good though. He went seven innings, gave up just five hits and two runs. He struck out 11 Rangers, though. Couple that with the game against Santana, and the Rangers struck out 30 times in two games. The Rangers had a total of five hits in all. Two were by Marlon Byrd, and two were by Nelson Cruz (the fifth by Jason Botts). That was it. We were shut down again.
Padilla was as the MLB recap said “no match” for Bedard. Padilla went 5 innings, gave up seven hits, six runs, and four walks. No strikeouts, and two home runs. Not gonna get it done that way.

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Rangers and Orioles rained out

The Rangers and Orioles game was rained out on Monday. It will be made up as a doubleheader on Wednesday. Not that exciting of news, but hey… :)

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G123: Rangers dominated by Johan Santana, lose 1-0

Johan Santana. That was all you can say about this game. Santana just dominated the Rangers in every way possible. In eight innings, Johan gave up only two hits (both to Sammy Sosa), and struck out 17 batters, setting a new personal best, and a new Twins franchise record. It was totally dominating. Sosa actually almost tied the game, the pitch before he hit a double in the seventh he jacked a ball that just missed the left field foul pole by a couple of feet. It was mildly amusing to see closer Joe Nathan get booed for the 9th inning. I personally would have loved to have seen Santana go out there for the ninth, and if he gave up any kind of hit, then bring in Nathan. I would have loved to have seen Santana get 20 strikeouts. The way the Rangers were flailing up there, I thought it was a real possibility.
This all overshadowed a great pitching effort by Kevin Millwood. Millwood deserved to win this game the way he pitched. 7 innings, four hits, one run. Few too many walks (five), but you can’t argue with 7 innings, one run allowed. He’s been very good lately, and hopefully can carry this over into 2008.
But this game wasn’t about the Rangers, realy. This picture below sums it up, in my opinion.

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G122: Rangers shut out Twins, 5-0

Ranger pitching was the star of this one. Kameron Loe came off the DL, and threw five innings of shutout ball. It wasn’t the most crisp outing I had ever seen (three hits and five walks), but it was enough to get the job done. The Rangers turned three double plays this game, so that helped a lot. Loe was followed up by Mike Wood (2IP), Frank Francisco (1IP), Joaquin Benoit (1IP). Of the three relievers, there was only one walk issued (Francisco), and no more runs, so Ranger pitching was pretty well today.
It’s nice to see because of the quote that came out in the paper over the weekend from Thad Levine (I think, I can’t recall for sure as I write this) saying that the free agent pitching class this off season is going to be rather thin, now that Zambrano is off the market. The quote said something about if there’s a great deal available, they’ll get involved, but wouldn’t be surprised to see the Rangers make no free agent pitching moves. We’ll need a lot more days like the one we got today before that will be swallowed without complaining by knee jerk radio call in Ranger “fans”, swallowed by the Ticket, and especially Randy Galloway.
Boof Bonser (my vote for silliest name in all of the mlb) was not good. In 4.2 innings, he gave up 7 hits, 5 earned runs, and 3 walks. Of the hits, two of them were home runs. One to Saltamacchia, and one to Marlon Byrd. Byrd had a great night. Went two for 4 with the aforementioned home run. He drove in four runs in all.
Michael Young was 2-3 keeping his average at .305. He has 149 hits, and with about 40 games left, he won’t have much time to go cold if he wants to hit 200 again. It would be a nice feat considering how horrendous the start of the season went for him.
Always nice to see a shutout thrown by our boys.

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G121: Rangers lose frustrating game to Twins, 2-1 in 10

You know, I enjoy great pitcher’s duels. In all honesty, that’s what this game was. Both Kason Gabbard and Carlos Silva pitched really well. Between the two of them, they combined for 13.2 innings, and combined gave up 10 hits and two earned runs. A pretty good pitcher’s duel. Even the pens were pretty well stacked in the stats categories. But as I’ve written about many times here, I’m no fan of extra inning games. I’m OK if we can get by inning #10, but when we lose extra inning games (which is a lot), it always seems to happen in the 10th. If we can get by that I feel better. It’s a bit irrational, I admit, but there it is.
Kason Gabbard pitched really well again, seemingly having no ill effects from the game he had to come out of early not too long ago. Kason went 6.2 innings, gave up five hits and one earned run. Walked three and struck out three. He deserved better than this. He left with the score tied, and I felt like he should have gotten the win, especially against Carlos Silva, who has historically (although not in recent vintage) been a pitcher that gets bombed a lot. The only real good moment was a towering majestic home run for Saltamacchia, his first in a Ranger uniform. Frank Catalanotto had three hits in this game, but none counted for anything. There were only three other hits in all total for the rest of the team, we were pretty much shut down.
As for the end of the game.. That’s what I get for thinking Jamey Wright had figured it out. The Twins won the game in the 10th on a “walkoff wild pitch” by Wright, allowing the winning run in. That brings up a silly statistical issue I have. The wild pitch technically counts as an unearned run. Screw that. It was the pitcher’s direct fault that the run scored by throwing it away. The rules need to be changed to make that an earned run. I don’t have the exact rulebook text in front of me, but I believe it says something along the lines of a run is unearned when it scores due to no fault of the pitcher. Feh – tell me the wild pitch wasn’t Jamey Wright’s fault – that should be an earned run.
A quick note to a big Red Sox fan of mine… How’s that Gagne trade workin’ out for ya right now? ;)

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G120: Eyre pisses away Rheinecker’s effort, Rangers lose 6-2

I was all ready to write a lot about how John Rheincker had a great pitching effort. Went 7.1 innings, gave up just two earned runs, left with a tie, but still, feeling good.
Then came in Willie Eyre, which is in my mind never a good thing. Might be the nicest guy in the world, but I never think good things when he came in. Boy was that fulfilled tonight. Eyre seriously stunk up the joint, got the loss (deservedly so). He only threw 0.2 innings, but gave up three hits, one walk, and four earned runs.
I got so mad at the ending of that game, I don’t feel like breaking it down.

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G119: Padilla impressive in return; Rangers beat Royals 4-3

Who would have thunk it? Certainly not me the way I was ragging on Padilla earlier on Wednesday. I don’t think most Ranger fans were really frothing at the mouth at the chance of seeing #44 pitch again. I sat down last night to watch the game, and bam – bam – bam. Padilla struck out the side in the first inning. That was very unexpected. And then something else happened. I fell asleep on the sofa.
Next thing I knew, I woke up right before Michael Young’s double in the sixth, so I missed most of Padilla’s performance. But the first inning was quite good. In all, Padilla went five innings, giving up just four hits and EIGHT strikeouts – wow. There were 15 outs while he was the pitcher, and he struck out eight of them. That was a very nice number. He did give up one unearned run. This was quite the performance. I understand five innings and 80 pitches on first start back from the DL, I’m sure that’s the reason he came out when he did.
CJ Wilson had his first shaky save – although not really his fault. There was a throwing error by Gerald Laird in the ninth, as well as a ball that just ate up Michael Young. Took a wicked hop, and went over his head, but knocked him on his backside at the same time – you don’t often see that, no matter who the fielder is. Two runs did score in the ninth, only one earned. We were helped out by a double play to end the game.
Some nice defense as two Royals were thrown out at the plate, one by Nelson Cruz, one by Marlon Byrd.
Offensively we were led by a two run double by Michael Young, and a solo home run by Ian Kinsler – Kinsler’s home run ended up being the difference, as it was the fourth and final run we got.
Nice win, wish I wasn’t unconscious for most of it. :)

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G118: Rangers beat Kansas City, 5-3

I have to admit, the Rangers game took a backseat this evening. Today was the release of “Madden 08″, and once Samantha went to bed, that was what I was doing – playing football on my Xbox 360. I did check in from time to time, and it was nice to see this line for Kevin Millwood.
Seven innings, four hits, thee runs (only one earned), one walk, and nine strikeouts. A very nice line.
Benoit got into a little trouble with allowing two walks in his 0.2 innings, but CJ Wilson came in and shut things down nicely. This is the way it was supposed to work, except with different people at the back end of the bullpen.
I probably should have watched the game, but I was busy playing football. :)

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G117: Rangers blow out Rays; win 9-1

Going to try a slightly different report..
Three doubles for David Murphy – good.
Kason Gabbard leaves the game early with an injury – BAD
Michael Young home run – exciting
Nice double play by Saltamacchia – cool
Seven different Rangers with RBI’s – nice
Series win – the best part.

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G116: Rangers totally dominated by Edwin Jackson, lose 3-0

I was at this game. I will say this for it. It was a very fast moving game. Done in two hours fourteen minutes. The reason for that was Edwin Jackson. The Tampa Bay starter was frickin fantastic – throwing a complete game four hit shutout. It’s odd as Jackson was something like 2-11 with an ERA of 6.50 coming into this game, and then he does that. Granted, he’s one of those pitchers we’ve seen wear the Ranger uniform with a ton of promise, and no delivery on said promise. Every once in awhile those guys will uncork a real gem; it was a shame it was against us.
The reason I was at this game was the Rusty Greer ceremonies. And as has been mentioned elsewhere, Nelson Cruz did a great Greer impression with two all out dives in right field mimicking the former red haired left fielder who manned this park for many a year. It was a nice touch.
John Rheinecker took the hill for the Rangers, and didn’t pitch bad. Six innings, three earned runs, six strikeouts, and one walk. He was beat out by Jackson, that’s for sure – it’s the only way to explain that. Jamey Wright and AJ Murray followed up, not allowing any more runs, but just the first one was enough the way Jackson was pitching. :)

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G115: Little Cat’s 5 RBI’s take Rays, 7-4

This game was really powered by Frank Catalanotto’s five RBI night. Three of them came on a home run that just barely cleared the wall in the right field corner, and the other two on a single. It was a productive night for Cat. Speaking of his nickname, “Little Cat”, he got that (I think) because of Andres Galarraga being on our team at the time having the name “Cat”, so Frank got little Cat. Does he really still need to be called that? :)
Michael Young contriubted as well with the other two Ranger RBI’s. They both came on a third inning double by Mike, scoring Vazquez and Kinsler.
We had just seven hits, and scored seven runs. That’s always efficient. :)
Pitching wise, Brandon McCarthy was pretty decent. He threw only 4.2 innings, his biggest problem was again pitch count. Didn’t get out of the fifth inning, and he was at 102 pitches. That’s not good. On the other hand, he didn’t give up any earned runs, either. There were three unearned runs, but those were quite clearly a fielder’s error, so if you take those out, the earned runs were good. Pitch count was most definitely not.
CJ Wilson got his fourth save, and when he comes out, you get that “gut feeling” that he’s a closer. Just seems to have “it”. We shall see what happens when Aki comes back.

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G114: Rangers lose finale to Oakland, 6-3

No commentary from me. No time.