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G52: Rangers lose late against Angels, 4-2

Colby Lewis deserved better than that.

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G51: Rangers get demolished by M’s 21-8

There just aren’t any words to describe this mess.   I’ll just go with this.  When I peeked in on the game at my church service on Wednesday evening, I saw the following screenshot, and gave up instantly.  :)

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G50: Rangers lose big on bad inning, 10-3

This game was fairly close for awhile, despite the final score.  The Rangers were technically winning early, up 1-0 in the first inning (on double, wild pitch, and a groundout).  Didn’t last long, though, as Scott Feldman cemented his departure from the Rangers, in my opinion with another bad outing. [Read more...]

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G49: Napoli leads charge to win, 4-2

There was’t much going on in this game as we got to the later stages.  In the bottom of the sixth, the teams were tied 1-1.  By all accounts, both Matt Harrison & Kevin Millwood were both throwing decent games, even if Millwood’s pitch count was up there (97 in 5 innings).  So it was when we got to the bottom of the sixth when things started to actually happen.. [Read more...]

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G48: Rangers O bails out Yu again; win 12-6

The Rangers had another big win today, putting up 12 on the Blue Jays and supporting Yu Darvish quite nicely again.   All told in the weekend series against Toronto, the Rangers scored 34 runs on 50 hits in the three game series.   I’m reminded of Darth Vader saying “Impressive.  MOST impressive” at this time.  :)

Anyway, after this game was over, Yu Darvish leads the AL in wins with 7.   At that rate, he’ll win 21 by the end of the season.  Not bad for a first time major league pitcher (I refuse to call these Japanese imports rookies, they’re not).   But it wasn’t a clean cut win.

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G47: Rangers win longest game of year, 8-7

A big back and forth kind of game.   The lead was either tied or changed hands six times by my count.  Had a ton of frustration late, usually the level of frustration I get when we go to extra innings and don’t get the job done – because it usually means we lose late.  But this one ended up with a very fun ending.  Before that..

It was by far the longest game of the season, both in innings (13), and in time (4:38).  The game started at 2PM, and my wife works till 5 on Saturdays, so I wasn’t going to get a clean listen as I was watching the kids – which was OK.  Started at 2, listened for awhile, and had to stop when I took care of the kids more intently in the middle.  Then I passed out for about half an hour on the sofa (bad daddy), and ended up taking my son outside to play in the back yard.  Put the game on via the MLB At Bat app on my iPhone (not like the old days when I’d take a real radio out there).  Game was still going when my wife got home from work.  We even got into dinner, and it was still going.  :) [Read more...]

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G46: Rangers unload and crush Jays, 14-3

Any game that starts off with a six spot in the bottom of the first inning is pretty much set.  Oh sure, no lead is insurmountable, but when you put up a six spot in the bottom of the first, you pretty much have this one done.  This game makes me want to break out this image..

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G45: Rangers drop finale to M’s, 5-3

Bah.  The Rangers lost to Kevin Millwood.  Not that I hated Millwood.  I liked him doing his time here.  If you go back and look at the commentaries I wrote when he was a Ranger, I was generally supportive.   Still, one never likes losing to their own former pitcher.  Kevin went six innings, didn’t allow any runs, only three hits and a walk.  Safeco field fits him well.  He’s a flyball pitcher, and Safeco eats fly balls.  He’s only 3-4 after this game, but has an OK era.  I suspect he’ll probably get to about 10 or 12 wins there.  Not anything like his year in Cleveland, but still. [Read more...]

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G44: Harrison strong, Rangers beat M’s 3-1

This game was Matt Harrison vs. Hector Noesi.  Noesi is a guy we usually rock pretty well, and while he did lose this game, he pitched pretty well himself, and probably could have used some help from his own offense.  But Matt Harrison took care of that.  Hector Noesi actually stayed in the game longer than Matt Harrison did.  He went eight innings.  Matt went seven.  Look at these lines: [Read more...]

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G43: Darvish loses to Mariners, 6-1

This was supposed to be an “elite” pitching matchup with Felix Hernandez going against Yu Darvish.  Granted, one wouldn’t expect a pitcher with just about 10 major league starts to be “elite”, but you don’t drive a truckload of money that large up to Darvish’s house and not expect him to be called “elite” quickly enough.  Darvish was out of the game early, only lasted four, while Hernandez stuck around twice as long as that. [Read more...]

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G42: Colby Lewis bounces back, gets 6-1 win

This game can pretty much be summed up with two things.

1) Colby Lewis pitched like the guy who’s pitched in the playoffs the last few years.

2) Big crooked number early on.

Colby Lewis had more runs batted in than runs allowed in the game!

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G41: Astros homer their way to win, 6-5

I felt bad for Derek Holland.  I thought this game was going to be easy for him.  Again – Houston Astros.   We got up 4-0 in the third inning.  Was a nice outburst of offense, actually. [Read more...]

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G40: Texas beats other Texas team, 4-1

The final series against the Astros in Houston as an interleague game got underway on Friday night.  Right now, the Astros are a bad team.  Probably will be for another year or so.  It’s not like I expected the Rangers to win 17 or 18 to 3 each night, but I figured we’d handle ‘em pretty easily.  We did get the win, but it was a slightly odd pitching performance.  Robbie Ross got the win, his fifth, but he didn’t start.   [Read more...]

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G39: A’s bounce back, win in 10, 5-4

Despite two home runs by Mitch Moreland to power our offense, the bullpen blew it, and we lost the game in the 10th.

Shit.

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G38: Darvish excellent again, Rangers win 4-1

I had a choice between going to a game on Monday or Tuesday.  I picked Monday.  Bad move.

That’s because Yu Darvish took the hill on Tuesday.  And pitched like a man with that kind of contract should pitch.   He threw 7.2 innings.  Allowed just FOUR hits and one run.   Walked two.  Struck out seven.   Even his pitch count was respectable (118), given the number of innings (7.2).   A full nine inning game at an accepted number of pitches per inning comes out to be 135 for the whole game, so he’s doing OK there.  I always sort of felt that Yu Darvish would do OK before he started, but one never really knows.  It’s nice to see him do so well out of the gate.  Come August or so, it’ll be nice to see if teams adjust to him enough and how the cat and mouse game goes and all of that.   [Read more...]

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G37: Rangers lose to KC again, 7-4

Ugh.  First series sweep the wrong way of the season, and it’s against Kansas City.   I mean UGH.  Don’t feel like writing about this.

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G36: Bruce freakin’ Chen? (We lose 3-1)

I was at this game.  Had some free tickets from a friend (thanks, dude!), and figured with it being the Royals, we’d have no problem.   The Royals threw out Bruce Chen, a (until recently) journeyman starter who has pitched for several major league clubs (Atlanta, Philadelphia, NY Mets, Montreal, Cincinnati, Houston, Boston, Baltimore, Kansas City, & Texas).   His time as a Texas Ranger was but a blip.  He pitched just five games here in 2007, all in relief.  Left Texas with an ERA of 7.20.  In fact, after his time in Texas, he didn’t play anywhere in the majors in 2008. [Read more...]

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G35: Cruz has big day enroute to 13-6 win

The Rangers were tied 2-2 in the bottom of the third.   Adrian Beltre singled.  Michael Young doubled.  David Murphy walked.   Then..

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G34: Angels bunt past Rangers, win 4-2

We got an oddity in this game – CJ Wilson started the game, the night after he started the game Friday.  Now granted, on Friday he only threw less than 20 pitches or something like that, and he probably campaigned to go again, or maybe Mike Scoscia was swayed by the fans chanting “We want CJ” towards the end of Friday night’s game..  Whatever the reason, “Phone Book” Wilson took the mound on Saturday’s game, and set up the possibility that he could lose two straight games in a row on the schedule as he started both. [Read more...]

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G33: CJ was no competition; TX wins 10-3

The amusing thing about this game is that I almost didn’t go.   The weather reports said all day that it was going to be raining for awhile, into the night and into the next day.  It didn’t look promising, but people out by the team I was watching on twitter were all about the game going on.  So around 4:15 or so I decided to just pick up and go.  I was out at 4:30, and it’s good that I left that early, because almost immediately there was wall to wall traffic.  Normally I don’t pick up that kind of traffic until I get down near downtown and the mixmaster (or at least the Fair Park area), but this started way back in Mesquite, and it was wall to wall traffic going pretty much out to the main Post Office.  I didn’t get out of my truck and start walking to the ballpark until 5:54 – one of the longest drives to the park I’ve ever had.  When I was walking in, it was quite sunny, so I was pretty confident the game would come off.  Turns out it was a good thing I went, because I saw a really fun game.   [Read more...]

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G32: Rangers take 2nd game of DH, 7-3

Despite Ron Washington’s assertion that he “hates” doubleheaders, I love them.  I wish we’d get them back as regularly scheduled parts of the schedule.  I remember when I was young there used to be intentionally scheduled doubleheaders.   That’s what we got today, a doubleheader, and a classic one to boot (not one of those day-night jobbers).   The last time we played a doubleheader in Baltimore, we unloaded and won 30-3 (at least I think that was the last DH there).  While we didn’t have anything quite as epic as 30-3 in this doubleheader, we did at least pick up the win in Game 2 to get a split.   That ended the road trip 5-5.  Considering how hot we were before that, it’s a bit of a letdown.  However, it’s generally considered good if you go .500 on road trips.   So I’ll take it.   [Read more...]

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G31: Rangers lose first game of DH, 6-5

Colby Lewis took the hill to start this game, and I have to say his line is one of the more strange ones I’ve ever seen.  Check this out:

7IP, 5H, 6R/ER, 1BB, 12K, 5HR, 114P

That’s right.  Five hits, and five home runs.  Struck out twelve.  It was quite bizarre to listen to.    The first three Orioles hit solo home runs, which during the game I saw was the first time that’s ever happened in major league history.   It took eight pitches, and the Rangers were down 3-0.   However, after that, Colby Lewis settled down. Colby then put down the next 18 Orioles hitters in a row, 10 of which were by strikeout.   [Read more...]

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Rainout on Wednesday

Josh’s pursuit of the extra base hit consecutive record has been postponed, as Wednesday’s game was rained out.  There will be a straight up doubleheader on Wednesday to make up for it.  None of those day-night double header nonsense moves.  A real honest to god double header.  Granted, since they’re only drawing 11k people, they won’t even half fill up the place if 100% of the sold tickets showd up anyway, so there’s no incentive to split the gate!

Josh did, however lead the charge in sliding on the tarp in Baltimore.   For a guy who is injury prone, it’s probably good I didn’t see that.  I would have likely stressed out about it.  :)

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G30: JOSH HAMILTON! (Rangers win 10-3)

I almost don’t even know how to begin with this one.  This one is all about the night that Josh Hamilton had.  Since there’s SO MUCH to say about that one, let me get the rest of the game stuff out of the way first.   Lost in all the hoopla was a decent outing by Neftali Feliz.  He went six innings, allowed just four hits and one run.  Walked two, and punched out EIGHT.   He’s only 2-1 as of May 9th, but I’ll take that.  His ERA is 3.38 and he has respectable if not gaudy numbers after his first month as a starter.   I would have been ecstatic if he had the same kind of numbers that Ogando did at this point last year, but what he has is not bad at all, so I’m OK with that. [Read more...]

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G29: Brandon Snyder 6RBI leads win, 14-3

When you look down the Rangers’ roster, you see all kinds of names that you’d expect to lead the offense and have a six RBI game.  Josh Hamilton, Adrian Beltre, Nelson Cruz, Maybe David Murphy if the stars aligned.  But Brandon Snyder?  You wouldn’t expect Brandon Snyder to lead the team offensively.  And on a night when there was a ton of offense as well (14 runs, 19 hits), his totals were the best of all.  You actually have to feel good about something like that.  Even if you’re an Orioles fan.  When the game was over and I looked at the stats, I thought, “Good for him – GOOD for freakin him”.   [Read more...]