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The Rest of the World Series

Well, I never wrote specific commentaries for the rest of the games of the World Series for two reasons. Well, first, I had family in town to visit for my son’s Baptism, which was this past Saturday. With them in town, I didn’t have much time to write, and then on the last day they were here, I got sick. Pretty sick – I had spiked a fever as high as 102.8. Today is the first day I’ve not had a fever since, but I’m still pretty “hazy” in my head, so I won’t write much.
I’m disappointed that my Phillies didn’t repeat, and I’m doubly disappointed it was to the Yankees. Unfortunately, my early playoff prediction turned out right. Yankees over Phillies in 6. Sigh. Yeah, I could take solace that my hometown team was in the World Series two years in a row. But it would have been so nice to WIN twice in a row, something that still hasn’t been done in a little over 30 years in the NL.
Congrats to Chase Utley for tying Reggie Jackson for most home runs in single World Series (5).
The other thing is that former Rangers Mark Teixeira, Alex Rodriguez, & Jerry Hairson, Jr (!?!?) have World Series rings now. :(
Anyway, this is the last update for the “2009 Game Updates” series. I’m not in the mood to retroactively write updates for the games I missed – much less Game 6 where it was over.

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WS G2: Yankees bounce back against Phillies, win 3-1

Normally, I don’t write about games the Yankees win, but this is the World Series, I kind of have to. :)
Game two of the World Series goes to the Yankees. To be honest, I figured the teams would leave the Bronx tied. Obviously, I would have preferred my Phillies take 2-0, but it pretty much turned out the way most people expected.
On paper, I thought the Phillies had a good chance if Pedro could hold up. He had a great game in LA, but somehow I didn’t think he’d be like that again. He wasn’t, but he was still pretty good. AJ Burnett I saw as the weak point in the rotation, I figured we could get to him. We didn’t. Their lines:
Pedro: 6IP, 6H, 3ER, 8K, 2BB
Burnett: 7IP, 4H, 1ER, 9K, 2BB
Pedro gave up solo home runs to Texieira & Matsui, which was all they needed. The Yankees tacked on another run later, but the last two innings were pitched by Mariano Rivera, who didn’t give up anything (although he had a somewhat shaky 8th).
Jayson Werth was picked off first base by the catcher, which was embarrassing, and seemed to issue a change in tone for the game at that point.
Both teams benefited by a bad call. The Yankees by a called DP where replays showed the Philly runner was safe. The Phillies by that lineout double play that was really a short hop that Howard “caught”.
Really odd to see Jeter bunt with two strikes. That makes me wonder. You can foul off 50 pitches, and it stays strike two. You tap at one, and you’re out. Who decided that?
Finishing off with Pedro, I felt he shouldn’t have been out there for the 7th. I think he should have been done after six, and some national media were saying after 5. But overall, his line was not bad at all. Really.
Looking forward to the games in Philly. My family is in town for my son’s baptism this weekend, so we’ll be watching the games here.

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WS G1: Lee & Utley take down Yankees, 6-1

OK, my Phillies are back in the World Series. Against the Yankees. Back when the playoffs started, I kind of thought it would be these two. Even went so far as to predict the Yankees would take it in six, because I didn’t think the Phillies would have enough after Cliff Lee to take the Bronx team down. There’s still a ton of time for that prediction to come through, but man, do I feel better after Game 1 of the World Series.
Cliff Lee v CC Sabathia. Despite all the hype coming in about how this series would be nothing but 9-7 games with multiple home runs in each game, that is NOT what we got. Sabathia pitched pretty darned good (7IP, 4H, 2ER, 6K), but Cliff Lee was way better. Lee threw a complete game, allowed no earned runs (there was one unearned run in the 9th), allowed only six hits (three to Jeter), and struck out ten, while walking nobody. He was seriously dominant, and the only blip was in the ninth, when he allowed two hits to start the inning. That was the ONLY time the Yankees had more than one runner on at a time in the entire game. Lee was just filthy. He struck out Jeter swinging to start the game, and it pretty much set the stage.
Outside of Jeter, who had three hits, the Yankees scattered only three others. Singles by Damon, Posada, & Matsui were it. One of Jeter’s hits was a double, everything else was a single. Other strikeout highlights were Mark Teixeira fanning twice, and Alex Rodriguez. A-Rod, who has been tearing it up this offseason so far returned to the A-Rod of playoffs past. When he was nicknamed “The Chiller”, and couldn’t hit jack. That’s what happened tonight. Arod went 0-4 with three strikeouts! It was really the playoff A-Rod of old, was a great sight to see! Jorge Posada, who is in the game mostly because of offensive reasons (according to some national press) also struck out twice, so the 3-4-5 slots struck out seven times in 12 at bats! WOW.
The Phillies early on wasted a chance I thought to REALLY set a done. Sabathia walked two around a double by Ryan Howard. That loaded the bases, but Raul Ibanez grounded out, scoring nobody. This is pretty much the way it stayed until the third when Chase Utley eeked a ball over the right field fence for a home run, giving the Phillies a 1-0 lead. This must have pissed off Sabathia, as he struck out several more batters after that, and retired I believe eight in a row after the home run until Utley came up again in the sixth, this time tattooing another ball over the fence, only that one was a no doubter, for a 2-0 Phillies lead.
The Phillies got into the soft underbelly of the Yankees – their middle relief. In the 8th and 9th, the Yankees used five different pitchers, and in those innings, they gave up four runs. Two in the 8th, and two in the 9th. The ones in the 8th came when Raul Ibanez got a second chance with the bases loaded, and delivered that time with a single to right. The runs in the ninth came on a single and a double, but the Yankee pitchers were having some issues late.
As if Lee’s pitching wasn’t enough, his defense was up there, too. Had a rather blase catch of a popup to the mound early, and then later on caught a liner up the middle behind his back. You can catch video of both of these plays here.
It was quite a good game, despite the 6-1 score. Both starters pitched well, but fortunately, the Phillies guy pitched better, and that led us to the win, no doubt.
While I hold no illusions that Pedro Martinez will pitch like Lee did tonight, I do wonder what we’ll get out of him. Pedro is an enigma in 2009, he’s not what he was, and guys like that who start to play the bounce around game with teams usually get toasted from time to time. I really hope that’s not Thursday.

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G162: Last game of season ends with a 4-3 loss.

That’s it. The 11th season I’ve had this site up for has ended. It ended like so many others have ended. With a loss. I have to confess though. It was a game of lasts.

  • Last game for Hank Blalock as a Ranger (is there anyone who REALLY believes he’s coming back? Bueller?)
  • Last game for Omar Vizquel as a Ranger. I wouldn’t mind bringing him back next year again, but my gut says it won’t happen.
  • Last game on the payroll for Vicente Padilla – although he’s in the playoffs. Grrr.
  • Last game with Tom Hicks as the owner? Perhaps.
  • Last game for Andruw Jones as Ranger. For anyone? Maybe.
  • Last game for Ken Griffey Jr? Like ever? Maybe.

I have to say, I watched this game, I flipped between this and football. I didn’t want to miss this, yet I didn’t want to not see football, either. So it’d be watch a series of football, then switch over and watch an inning of Baseball. Thank good ol’ TiVo for that. About halfway through it occurred to me that this very well could be the final game ever for Ken Griffey Jr. I liked him a lot when he was with Seattle the first time around. I used to come out to games I wouldn’t have come out to otherwise to see him. So when I realized he was coming up for his last at bat, I paid attention, and I was quite glad to see him get a single up the middle. Don Wakamatsu pinch ran for him, so he got more applause. Then he got called out of the dugout for a curtain call (that’s what the pic is above). It wasn’t quite the love fest that Pudge got when he departed after the 2002 season, but it was really nice to see. I enjoyed that.
As for the game itself, Scott Feldman couldn’t get past 17 wins. He lost the game, and finished 2009 with a 17-8 record, which is freakin’ fantastic. Knowing that he had the chance in September to get to 20 is a mild letdown, but man, 17 wins was what you were expecting from Padilla & Millwood coming into 2009. Not Scott Feldman! So this bodes well for 2010. Six innings, four earned runs on six hits and a walk. Ended the season with a 4.08 era. Quite respectable, even if that number was driven over 4 with some early (bad) bullpen outings.
The Rangers only had four hits the game, but made ‘em count. Two doubles (Murphy, Kinsler), and two singles (Borbon & Davis). The RBI’s were by Davis, Teagarden, & Gentry.
As for Hank Blalock, he seems to be squeezed out. There is no real position for him going forward, given the guys we have coming up. Davis is already causing a problem for Blalock with playing time, and if we get anyone else up next year like, I don’t know Justin Smoak, I can’t see where Blalock would fit, either position wise, or salary wise.
Andruw Jones? Nice experiment, but I can’t see where he’ll fit, either.
Omar Vizquel? I really liked him. But he can actually still play, and probably deserves a better job than part time backup. Although at 43 (in 2010), I don’t know if anyone will give him that.

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G161: Rangers drop close game, 2-1 to Seattle

First off, I actually watched this game. Figured with just a couple left, I should watch at least one. The Rangers didn’t actually pitch too bad here. The offense couldn’t come through – which was the big story of 2009. We could pitch, but didn’t always hit.
Tommy Hunter went 4.1 innings, and gave up just two innings. Few too many hits though (nine), and one walk. His pitch count wasn’t too outrageous (83 in the 5th), but he was laboring. Thing is, the guys who followed him (Grilli, Feliz, O’Day, & Wilson) all gave up no runs. Only Darren O’Day gave up any hits, either (one). The pen was really good.
Unfortunately, Seattle’s pitching was better. Their starter went 6.2, giving up just the lone run (an RBI double to Elvis Andrus). Rangers did manage seven hits, but they were well scattered. Only one Ranger got two (Andruw Jones). Even the three doubles were mostly ineffective.
But again, it’s the story of the 2009 Rangers. They were mostly ineffective offensively. Been hearing some chatter about how Rudy Jaramillo’s contract is up, and some folks are wondering if perhaps it might be time for a change there. He has been the pitching coach for 14 years now, through a ton of managers (Johnny Oates, Jerry Narron, Buck Showalter, & now Ron Washington). A lot of good has come from him, and I’m not advocating a change, I think we should bring him back. But I wonder what it would be like otherwise. Bring back Rusty Greer as hitting coach?
Anyway, just one more game to go. Sunday is Game #162 where we play for our 88th win of the season. But my Phillies are in the playoffs again! :)

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G160: Rangers win late in Seattle, 7-4

Didn’t see any of this game, as I had TiVo problems. I actually wanted to, as there’s only three left including this one. Saturday night I’m having some friends over for the Stars season opener, and then Sunday is football.
We clinched second place with this game, and if we win the other two games as well, we’ll end up with 89 wins. Rather respectable, but far short I think of what most people were expecting, once they realized the team could be good.

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G159: Millwood pitches well in 11-3 win

I don’t ever want John Lackey as a Ranger. Because we seem to tee off on him a lot, he’s a guy who is very good for everyone, but not with us. The Angels, having clinched, only had him in for two innings, but we had four hits and two runs on that, both came on Chris Davis’ second inning home run.
Andruw Jones was the only Ranger without a hit. Everyone else had at least one (Gentry, Murphy), with most guys having multiples (Davis had 3).
Kevin Millwood, though, had a great outing in his final one for 2009. Complete game, seven hits, one walk, three runs (only two earned), and ten strikeouts. Too bad this wasn’t the one we got all season. Kevin started quite well, crapped out in the middle, and had a few decent outings towards the end. I’m sure much will be made of Nolan’s conditioning when looking at Kevin’s season.
Still, as jaded as I’ve become towards the team at the end of the season, I’ll be eager to see if this can carry over to next year, when Kevin’s playing for a contract – probably his final big one, I would imagine.

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G158: Rangers shut out AGAIN, 5-0

Well, the late September version of the Texas Rangers showed up again. They led off the game with a Julio Borbon single. That was it. There was nothing else to our offense, except for a few walks. The Angels pitching staff (five of ‘em) one hit the Rangers.
Figures.

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G157: Rangers lost to Angels, 5-2

The Rangers lost to the Anaheim Angels (yeah, screw you Arte Moreno, that’s a stupid name you thought up, the one you inherited was way better) on Tuesday, 5-2. They were formally eliminated from all possible playoff scenarios with that loss.
That is all.

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G156: It’s over. Rangers don’t even show up, lose 11-0

On a day where the Rangers could formally be eliminated from the AL West chase, as well as the Wild Card chase, they deliver a big stinking pile of.. you get the point.
That was bad. The only thing that has mathematically allowed the Rangers to have a feeble chance at still making the playoffs was that Boston was rained out. We’ll be formally eliminated on Tuesday night.
Count on it.

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G155: Rangers blow home finale, 7-6

The final home game of the Rangers 2009 season ended pretty poorly.
We were actually winning 5-0 going into the 8th inning. Brandon McCarthy was pitching quite well, actually. 7.2 IP, 6 hits, only two runs, neither of which were earned. Then the bullpen stunk up the joint. In fact, all seven Rays runs came in the 8th & 9th. Frank Francisco was particularly bad.
Sigh. No taking a lap of the ballpark on this finale.

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G154: 11 run 5th leads to 15-3 thrashing of Rays

I was planning on skipping this game. I had some other family stuff going on. However, I tuned in at the bottom of the fifth, and had a minute or two, so I peeked in. Picked the right time, that’s for sure.
The Rangers were losing 3-1 at the time I peeked in, and I have to say I wasn’t sure why I picked that moment to stop and watch. It was a party, that’s for sure. The really fun part is that all the scoring happened after there were already two outs. That’s very sweet.
- I. Rodriguez singled to shallow left
- C. Davis doubled to deep left center, I. Rodriguez to third
- J. Borbon walked
- E. Andrus lined out to shallow right
- J. Hamilton struck out swinging
- M. Byrd homered to deep left center, I. Rodriguez, C. Davis and J. Borbon scored
- H. Blalock singled to center
- I. Kinsler walked, H. Blalock to second
- J. Bennett relieved M. Garza
- D. Murphy doubled to center, H. Blalock and I. Kinsler scored
- I. Rodriguez singled to shallow center, D. Murphy scored
- C. Davis singled to shallow left, I. Rodriguez to second
- J. Borbon singled to shallow right, I. Rodriguez scored, C. Davis to second
- E. Andrus walked, C. Davis to third, J. Borbon to second
- J. Hamilton doubled to right, C. Davis, J. Borbon and E. Andrus scored
- M. Byrd walked
- D. Thayer relieved J. Bennett
- H. Blalock flied out to center
I enjoyed the grand slam. Heck, I enjoyed the bottom of the fifth. Too bad there weren’t more games like this the last month, or we would have been actually playing for something this night.

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G153: Rangers top Tampa on Friday, 8-3

What are the highlights here?
Gabe Kapler hit a solo home run. No wait, that would have been a highlight 9 years ago, but he did hit a home run in this game. The home run the mattered here was Ian Kinsler’s, his 30th, which made him a 30/30 guy. The only other person to do that was Alfonso Soriano, a couple of years back. He took 20 games and 78 at bats to get this milestone. It’s nice that he got it, but man has he been in a slump the last month or so. I hope he can realize there’s another direction to hit the ball besides straight up in 2010. We’ll need it.
Josh Hamilton also returned, but at this point, it doesn’t mean much – I think he should just sit, given there’s only a single digit number of games left, and they don’t count for anything (even though I suppose technically they do).
Derek Holland was better than he’s been the last 6 or 7 games or so, but not like he was when he first started. Probably out of gas, or overwhelmed, or any other rookie adjective you can send over. I bet Hannah Baugh still loves him.. wait, given Hannah’s age, I should say “Hannah hearts him”. ;)

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G152: Rangers blown out in Oakland, 12-3

I didn’t watch any of this game, but I did hear some of it while driving around. Yesterday I went to the Stars exhibition game, and before that I picked up the couple of friends I went with early, and we went out to dinner. Because of that, I had the Rangers game on.
Needn’t have bothered, really. The Rangers were blown out because Scott Feldman was worse than Mark Clark. He needed to win them all to get to 20 wins. It didn’t happen when trying for #18 on Thursday. He could still get to 19, as I count he’ll get two more starts. But not if he pitched like this.
The new scoreboards in the American Airlines Center are QUITE nice. Very good looking.

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G151: Rangers squeak out a win, 9-8

Hank Blalock had two doubles and a home run. It helped. We needed it, too. All of it. Barely squeaked out a run. I didn’t see any of the game, I was playing Animal Crossing with my daughter on the Wii, then put the kids to bed, and well, I had already given up on the season anyway. Rangers will pitch a perfect game, and I’ll miss it, most likely. :)

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G150: Rangers offense sleeps again, team loses 9-1

I didn’t watch any of this game, to be perfectly honest.
I got a new BluRay set in from Amazon today, it was Season 2 of the original Star Trek series. I immediately sat down to watch “The Doomsday Machine“, probably one of the most iconic episodes of the original Star Trek series. Even watched it with my four year old daughter, so it was her introduction to the original Star Trek.
Then after she went to bed, and the Rangers game came on, I delved into the “Tribbles” disc. There were several things on here. First, was the original “The Trouble with Tribbles” episode, the Animated series episode “More Tribbles, More Troubles“, and finally the Deep Space Nine episode, “Trials & Tribble-ations“. Enjoyed all of them. Enjoyed the set. If you’re a fan of the original Star Trek, and have a Blu-Ray player, get these. You’ll be glad you did. Review of this new set is here.
When it was over, I noticed the Rangers game was done, I peeked, saw we had lost 9-1, and went “meh”.
Random other comment: Today I thought the World Series will be Philadelphia vs either Boston or New York, probably more likely Boston.

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G149: Rangers offense wakes up, wins 10-3

I spent most of this game working on one of my other websites. I had the game on the radio, but it was background noise. I did, however also have the MLB Gameday thing up in another Firefox tab, when I’d peek in from time to time, but I wasn’t paying attention for the most part.
I did, however, happen to notice one of the more expensive double plays in team history. It was this one, which was the moment that Kevin Millwood’s $12 million contract vested for 2010. So much for the conspiracy theorists who spent a lot of time thinking the Rangers should sit Kevin. Think of a way to save the museum at the ballpark, instead.
Anyway, here’s a shot of the expensive play..

It did, however, guarantee that we would have a winning season. But I think most Ranger fans (even me, given my attitude at the end) would prefer a season record that was indicative of the general good play we’ve had this season, and not just finish with like 84-85 wins.

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G148: Rangers lose again 10-5, I don’t really care

The Rangers lost. I barely peeked at the game. I was busy watching the Eagles – Saints game at the time. Then at 3PM I watched the Steelers – Bears game. Both my Pennsylvania teams lost. That’s a drag.
However, in the evening, the Cowboys lost, which really REALLY brought me back up. If a stadium that garish could possibly be “deflated”, it certainly was in the last 15 seconds of the game.

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G147: Rangers finally win, 3-2 over Angels

After Friday night’s shutout, I had mentally given up on the season. I have to say, I wasn’t interested in this game. I mean I cared somewhat, it’s not like I’m shutting off completely, but I was disinterested in watching the game.
Right around 7:10 or so, I fired up the MLB AtBat app on my iPod Touch to see who was starting the game, and discovered the game was already in the fourth inning. At that point, we were winning 1-0, and I have to say I was surprised at the fourth inning. I watched a little on the iPod Touch app, and then passed out on my bed, as I had been up since 5:30 when woken up by the baby.
When I woke up, I went and played some “The Bigs 2” on my Xbox 360, and wasn’t even interested in watching the game, to be honest. Was having fun with Home Run pinball in Times Square. :)
When I checked back in on the Rangers game, it was over, and we had won. Which is good, I suppose, but it really REALLY feels like “too late, guys”.
We did score three runs, which is a major uprising, given last week’s offense. However, it still isn’t a major offensive production, three isn’t terribly great. Good thing Feldman was there to win (his 17th), otherwise we would have lost yet again.
Speaking of Feldman, he has an outside shot at winning 20 games this year. By my count, he can get three more starts this season, the third coming on the actual last game of the year. It would be quite an accomplishment for him to do that, it’s been quite awhile since we’ve had a 20 game winner.

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G146: Rangers shut out AGAIN, this time by Angels, 2-0

Half a dozen seasons ago when the Rangers came out with their then new logo, the circular Texas Rangers logo… A lot of people were kind of “meh” about it. Some people (like myself) didn’t care for it. To be honest, I said at the time it looked too much like the Montreal Expos logo. I thought it lacked imagination.
But this morning, I realized the real reason they chose that. It looks like zero! Which is the number of times this team has won in the post season, and also the number of runs they seem to like putting up in late 2009 – when it matters! I mean look at it. It LOOKS like a zero, it’s like we’re being mocked. MOCKED I TELLS’YA!

Pretty darned sad. It’s what, about 600 innings in a row now without a run? And 1,433.2 if you add in David Murphy’s solo home run from a few days ago?
Five in a row.
Zero for five games (27) with runners in scoring position.
One run in the last 46 innings
7 1/2 back in West with 16 to play
7 back in Wild Card with 16 to play
The Angels Magic Number is 9
The Red Sox Magic Number for the Wild Card is 10
If anyone was still holding out hope (I kind of sort of still was even though I said they were done after Tuesday), forget it..

The only thing I’ll say about this game individually is that catch that Nelson Cruz made in right with the bases loaded in the second was really quite good. Kept things from getting out of hand, really. Like they weren’t already in the larger scale.

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G145: Rangers stink it up. I mean A LOT. Lose 4-0

I didn’t think the last few games could be topped by bad play. I was wrong.
Wow, that was just pathetic. Lose 4-0 to the A’s. Get one hit (single by Marlon Byrd) by the A’s, the last place team is bad.
We now have four straight games in a row where we went a combined ofer with men in scoring positions.
We’ve scored just one run in our last 37 innings.
We’re six games back in the West, and 6.5 in the Wild Card. It might be time to bring out that tugboat picture I have posted here the last few years or so when we’re done.
Ian Kinsler walked twice, but he popped out to the outfield about 25 more times, too.
Sigh.

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G144: Rangers lose again 6-1 to Oakland

I was at this game. I wasn’t expecting to me, but I was sitting in the library in Garland near my house, and saw a message posted by Michael Gonterwitz asking if anyone wanted tickets to the game. I did, so I headed on down. Turned out it was great, because I got to sit in Section 15, Row 3. The view from there was quite awesome. Thanks a lot for the invite, Mike. I had a good time sitting down there – was quite the treat for me.

Unfortunately, the view was about the best thing in the game. The Rangers continued their total lack of offense in this game. Well, that’s not ENTIRELY true. They did score one run. But it was their only run of the game, and the only run for the previous 22 innings when it happened. So now the Rangers have one run over the last 27 innings. UGH! I mean..

It was bad. Brandon McCarthy was all over the place. Three innings. Only allowed four hits, but he walked three, and allowed four earned runs. Neftali Feliz gave up the others, and his ERA “raised” to 1.46, just about an entire point, as I think he was at like 0.65 or something like that before this game.
We also had three errors. A throwing error by Pudge, a fielding error by Esteban German, and offhand I can’t recall what the third was. It was sloppy to say the least.
But the more annoying part was our offense. We had just five hits. Two of them were doubles (Byrd & German), two were singles (Murphy & German), and one was a home run by David Murphy in the fourth. It broke the scoreless streak at 22 innings, but was pretty pathetic as the lone offensive output over the two games before this, AND this one.
I think we’re about done, folks. Would take a miracle to bring the team back, and even if they did get in, you’d get the feeling they’d be like the San Diego Padres, who back in there, and get destroyed in the first round, since they’re not really that good.
I mean, when you’re more interested in getting a good shot of the live Dot Race when it runs right past you instead of most of what was going on in the game, you know you’re watching a bad team.

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G143: Rangers look pathetic losing to A’s, 9-0

I think that might be it, folks. While I haven’t completely given up for the 2009 season, that certainly was a deflating feeling. Yeah, I know. We’re only technically 4.5 games behind Boston, but it doesn’t feel good, my friends.
This was great through five. Then not only did the wheels fall off, but they all fell off, the truck went off the road, went upside down in a ditch, and the only thing to do in the meantime was read Jean-Jacques Taylor articles about the Rangers while you waited to be picked up by AAA. What a nightmare!
Anyway, I digress. Feldman looked great through five. Then it sucked. SUCKED HARD. Rangers have now been shut out two games in a row, and haven’t scored in what, about 50 or 60 innings? Actually, it’s 19 and change, I believe, but who’s counting?
Thing is, I’m not even mad at this. Usually I get mad at losses like that. Not this one, I was just sad and disappointed.

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G142: Rangers shut out in game 2 of DH, 5-0

Felix Hernandez (and two relievers) shut down the Rangers. Julio Borbon had three singles, which was half of the total offensive output the team had. No runs.
Derek Holland seems as gassed as Millwood has lately. Six innings, eight hits, two walks, five earned runs. As good as Derek seemed when he came up, he seems positively pedestrian now. He’s young, I can pass it off, but you would have loved to have seen one of our kids lead us to the playoffs, eh?
Really – not a lot to say about this one. Felix Hernandez was great, we couldn’t mount any offense. Meh.

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G141: Tommy Hunter brilliant in DH Game 1 win, 7-2

So Friday night’s game was rained out. Saturday night’s game probably should have been. So we get to Sunday. We have a doubleheader to play. Due to some insane television coverage rules (I think), the DH was scheduled to start at 12:05. Due to the rain still in the area, the game didn’t start till just about 5PM.
The game was finished in two hours and eighteen minutes. Why? Tommy Hunter. He threw a complete game on just 102 pitches. The breakdown was 68 strikes and 34 balls. The Mariners managed just six hits, and just two runs. it was not totally dominating, but it certainly was a really great performance. Something that’s needed given how many doubleheaders we’ve pitched. Nice to rest the rest of the pitching staff with a complete game in one of the doubleheader games.
Offensively, it was four doubles, three home runs, and five singles to account for the Ranger runs. Given how soggy the grass was, the home run by Chris Davis that landed on Greene’s Hill sank into the grass, and disappeared. Made me laugh. Made Tom Grieve laugh on the air, too. You can catch a little of that by watching the clip on mlb.com of the home run.
Not a ton to write about. Tommy Hunter was great. Our offense put up a seven spot. We won the game. :)