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G120: Rangers easily handle Jays, 11-2

After yesterday’s game that was a 2-1 Rangers squeaker win, I was wondering if we’d score more than that for Matt Harrison.  Matt’s easily been the most solid starting pitcher this year, but even guys that can win 2-1 games deserve some run support.   Plus, after a squeaker like that, you want a blowout to cleanse the palette.  Too many close games in a row aren’t good for the nerves.  They’re especially not good for the fingernails, especially someone like myself who has a lifelong habit of biting their nails.   As a short digression, the most tense filled series in baseball I’ve ever seen was the 1980 NLCS between the Astros & the Phillies.  Of the five games in the series, four of the five went extra innings, and the one that didn’t, had a 3-1 score.   But I digress…

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G119: Rangers take this close one, 2-1

This is one of those low scoring games, that because we won the thing, I don’t have to use the phrase “hard luck loss”.  However, I bet if I poked around in the coverage of this game from Toronto’s perspective, I’d probably find that phrase being used for Carlos Villanueva.   The Jays starter went 6.1 innings.  Allowed just four hits, one walk, and only two runs, but both of them coming on a single swing of the bat.  “Hard luck loss” indeed, that one.

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G118: Rangers lose close one to Jays, 3-2

Yu Darvish pitched this one, and while I wouldn’t quite call it a “hard luck loss” (those are usually scores of 1-0, or 2-1), he did pitch well enough for a win, and didn’t get it.  The loss lowered his record for the season to 12-9.   Not exactly stellar, but not exactly awful, either.  I suspect most people are willing to give him a pass in the first year.  Probably will increase the pressure in 2013 for him to do a lot better.   Anyway, about this one..

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G117: Rangers salvage finale, 10-6 over NYY

I have to say, after three straight losses against the Yankees, I wasn’t feeling good about the finale, or the state of the team, to be honest.  It just felt like a slide backwards to the era we were in before 2010.   Then the Yankees put up a five spot in the bottom of the 6th in this game, putting them up 5-4 in the game.  I was feeling that I’d have to write another “I don’t write about the Yankees” and be really disgusted.  However, it didn’t end that way.

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G116: Rangers lose to the Yankees, 3-2

As is my policy of the last few years, I don’t write about losses to the Yankees.

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G115: Rangers lose to the Yankees 3-0

As is my policy of the last few years, I don’t write about losses to the Yankees.

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G114: Rangers lose to Yankees, 8-2

As is my policy of the last few years, I don’t write about losses to the Yankees.

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G113: Yu finally gets #12, 8-3 over Tigers

Taking a pass on this one, as I’m a bit too backed up for time today, and don’t have the time for a proper recap.   Darvish finally got his 12th win of the season after something like 3-4 tries.    Josh Hamilton had another home run, a two run shot.   Hopefully he can light up for the end of the season.

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G112: Rangers walkoff against Tigers, 2-1

I haven’t gone to a ton of games this year, but before the season started, I had marked this one, because it was the 40th Anniversary pre-game ceremony, and the annual Rangers HOF induction.  This year it was Eric Nadel.   I have gone to almost all of these, starting with the first one (there was NO WAY I was missing the single return of Johnny Oates in that one).   It was also the “powder blue” uniform throwback as well.   Ended up going with an old friend of mine, who was a big Tigers fan.  So we ended up talking the whole time, it was a fun time.  I actually had invited another friend, but he never showed, not sure what happened with that.  Oh well..

Two big shoutouts for this game.  One for my friend Jeremy, who hooked me up with decent tickets, and my wife.  My wife took off work a couple of hours early, so I could be assured of getting there on time.   Thanks to both of you.    While I would have gone to the game without both of you, it wouldn’t have been as pleasurable, so thank you.

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G111: Rangers lose opener to Tigers, 6-2

Scott Feldman took the hill in this game, and through most of his outing, he was the recent vintage 2012 Scott Feldman.  He got into the sixth, and while he wasn’t quite the earlier 2012 vintage Scott Feldman, some of the shine came off a little.   Scott held the Tigers to just one one through five innings.  Got into the sixth, though, and the wheels fell off in this game.   The Tigers plated a run in the fourth.   Heck, through the first three innings, Scott faced the minimum, thanks to a double play in the third wiping out a walk.

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G110: Rangers slug out Red Sox, win 10-9

This is a game with not a lot of pitching, so I’m just gonna hit some of the notable highlights, as opposed to have actual commentary:

  • Andrus was 3-4 with 3 runs scored
  • Hamilton was 3-5 with 2 runs scored, and 4 RBI
  • Beltre was 0-3, but still had 2 RBI
  • Two of Hamilton’s three hits were a triple and a home run
  • Hamilton’s home run was his 30th of the season
  • We had home runs from Mitch Moreland (solo), Josh Hamilton (2 run), Geovany Soto (2 run), & Nelson Cruz (solo)
  • Ian Kinsler had a stolen base
  • Joe Nathan got his 23rd save
  • Josh Beckett gave up eight earned runs in 5 innings
  • Roy Oswalt agreed to pitch out of the bullpen – shocker!

We come home to face the Tigers, the team we beat to get back to the World Series again.   The Rangers record is 65-45, the best record in the AL at the moment.  The Tigers are five games back of that pace.  I’m going to the game Saturday night, it’s the big 40th anniversary game.  Ought to be fun!

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G109: Dempster much better, wins 6-3

After the first start by Dempster, I was hoping it was a case of “new team” jitters.  Turns out that might have been the case, because Ryan was much better in his second start than he was in his first start.   MUCH better.  In fact, Dempster (and Jon Lester) were having  pitcher’s duel, with no runs allowed until the sixth inning.  The official mlb recap’s headline was “Dempster dives into win column in Rangers uni”.   Dumpster diving pun aside, it was a beautiful outing.  Ryan came here with the likelihood of being a rental between now and the end of the season, but if there’s more of this kind of outing, I’ll want to keep him around.   Heck, he picked off Carl Crawford at second.  :)

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G108: Darvish not good again, lose 9-2

Another one where I don’t have much to say.  Yu Darvish didn’t pitch well again.  While everyone says he’s fine, he looks “tired” to me.  The MLB grind could be getting to him, and this is a time we need him to rebound not start sinking in his performances.

The only real good stuff in this game was a solo home run late by Adrian Beltre.  It didn’t make a huge difference, as it made the score 9-2 from the previous 9-1.  Nelson Cruz went 3-4.  That’s about it.  Not much else to write home about on this one.

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G107: Rangers lose in 10 to KC, 7-6

Well, crap.  This one ended on a Mike Olt error.  Yeah, he’s a rookie, he’s gonna do that.  But you hate when it comes in a place where the game is over and you lose because of it.

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G106: Feldman strong again, Rangers win 4-2

Scott Feldman had another strong outing, and has pretty much erased the ill will I was harboring towards him after his horrendous stretch earlier in the year.  As bad as he was then, he seems as good now.   Just look at his line from this game.  7.2IP, 6H, 1BB, 4K, 2ER, 105P.  Really well pitched game by Scott.  I didn’t get to watch it, but I did listen a bit, and “iPhoned” it the rest of the game.   This is definitely the time for him to get hot and regain his 2009 performance again.  We certainly could use it with the uncertainty in the rotation right now (Lewis out, Darvish shaky for starters).   I said it in a recent update, but if Feldman rides out the year pitching like this, we most certainly could now pick up his option for 2013, something I thought would be unheard of a few months back.

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G105: Rangers take first in KC, 5-3

I’ve been going to baseball games for awhile now.  First one was somewhere in the early 70’s, around 73 or so, I think.   The height for me was when I had a half game season ticket plan with the Phillies back in the late 80’s (for a rather awful team as I remember).  It’s been a lot of games watched by this pair of eyeballs.  However, I say the best one I’ve ever attended was CLEARLY the Oct 30, 2010 game I attended.  That was the Rangers / Giants World Series game at home, where the Rangers won 4-2.   I point that out, because there was something in this game that instantly launched me back to that World Series game.  I’ll point that out when we get to it.

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G104: Rangers bomb Angels, 15-9

When you give up nine runs in a game, it doesn’t quite make for what would call a “comfortable” lead.   I mean, heck, the game was tied 8-8 after the sixth inning.  We didn’t start to run away with it until later.   This was the Texas debut of two new players, Ryan Dempster & Geovany Soto.  Both recently acquired in separate deals with the Chicago Cubs.   It didn’t go too well for Dempster at all.   Soto did a little better, but before we get to that, we get to the curious case of Roy Oswalt.

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G103: Rangers win wild walkoff, 11-10 over Angels

The Rangers series against the Angels certainly wouldn’t have finished the season.  Heck, the Angels are technically in third place – most everyone seems to be forgetting about the A’s hanging in there.  However, the Angels are still our primary rival in the division, and you never want to be swept by your rival in intra-divisional play.   So, when we went down 6-0 in the top of the THIRD inning of this game, I had tuned out.  Was a game I was watching on my iPhone while my the Olympics were on.  Yeah, OK we scored a run in the bottom of the third, but 6-1 after three was not the kind of game I wanted to watch, so I checked out. [Read more…]

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G102: Rangers lose to Angels again, 6-2

The last game in the month of July started off pretty good.  Scoreless tie going into the fourth.   Derek Holland gives up a solo home run to Albert Pujols.  OK, no big shame in that.  It’s still 1-0 going into the sixth.   Then Mike Trout gets a two run home run.  Pujols gets another solo in the same inning.  We’re down 4-0 in a game where Weaver was dealing.  The “1” in his 14-1 record is us.  However, we didn’t make it two. [Read more…]

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G101: Rangers look bad in 15-8 drubbing

I’m not going to say a lot about this game.  It was bad.  Granted, we did score 8, which was a lot more than we’ve been scoring lately.   We actually were up 2-1 at one point.  But that was a small sliver of good in this steaming pile of {censored}.  :) [Read more…]

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G100: Feldman (?!?!) dominates in 2-0 win

I was busy watching the Olympics with my daughter on Sunday night.  That, coupled with the fact that Scott Feldman was starting was a reason for me not to pay attention to the Rangers game.   Oh, I planned on looking in on it, but I got into the Olympics coverage, and didn’t peek in on the AtBat app until around the 7th inning or so.  Man, I should have paid closer attention to this.

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G99: Rangers lose to ChiSox, 5-2

I’d like to blame this on the Rangers starter, Matt Harrison, but I can’t.  Not really.  Oh sure, he gave up five runs over seven innings, so it’s nothing to write home about.  But I blame this one on our suddenly flaccid offense.   The Rangers offense has scored the fewest runs of any major league team in the month of July.  Think about that.  OUR OFFENSE.  Worst of all the mlb teams this month.  That’s quite a statement.

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G98: Rangers end up losing big, 9-5

You always love games where the Rangers score four runs in the bottom of the first.  It kind of sets the tone generally for the game.  After the first frame, we were up 4-1.   However, it didn’t stay that way.  After two, we were up just 4-3.  Then after four, we were down 5-4.  After 7, 6-5, and after 9, the final score of 9-5.  Sigh.  So much for rushing out to an early lead.  It didn’t hold up at all this game.

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G97: Rangers beat Beckett & BOS, 5-3

I didn’t get to see or hear any of this game.  I was out at my Church’s secondary worship facility, where..  There’s a pool.  So I was poolside with church friends, enjoying that fellowship.  I snuck a few peeks at the MLB At Bat app during the evening, but nothing that would constitute “watching” it.   A lot of games these days are that way for me.   Alas, no Fox Sports Southwest still.  Sigh. [Read more…]

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G96: Rangers lose tight one to Sox, 2-1

This game was frustrating for several reasons. Most obviously is that we lost the game 2 to 1. It was one where probably should’ve one but we didn’t. One of the other frustrating things that Ian Kinsler got ejected. I didn’t happen to hear that part of the game I was busy doing something else is the time when I tuned him he was already out. Thirdly was Adrian Beltre getting hit with a pitch late in the game and having to come out. Not good.
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