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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.