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G50: Rangers lose in 13 to M’s, 4-3

Well, shit.  Thanks Joe Nathan.

Although, it was a nice catch by David Murphy to keep the game from ending in the bottom of the ninth when Nathan almost gave up TWO home runs.

Still, I don’t think anyone will have a problem with a 32-18 record after 50 games at all.  :)

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G49: Holland bests Hernandez, 5-2

I could write a lot about this game.   But this is all that matters to me:

Derek Holland: 6.2IP, 4H, 2R, 0ER, 3BB, 10K – W
Felix Hernandez: 5.2IP, 11H, 5R, 1BB, 9K, – L

Done.

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G48: Rangers beat Mariners, 9-5

While I started watching this game on Friday – it was the one free TV game this week on regular television.   I unfortunately fell asleep watching it.  I guess as I get closer to 50, this kind of thing is going to be happening more often.  :(      [Read more…]

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G47: Wolf wins Rangers debut, 3-1

Whenever I see a new pitcher making his Rangers debut, for some reason I always think he’s making his major league debut.   I mean, unless you’re a seasoned vet like a Roy Oswalt or something like that, if it’s a guy that *I* never heard of before, then I think “rookie”.  That was not the case with Wednesday’s starter Ross Wolf.  Wolf started for the Rangers, and for me, seemed to come out of nowhere.   Oh, you don’t just truly come out of nowhere, but I did think “Who is this guy?”   Turns out this guy was a great pitcher – at least for this night. [Read more…]

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G46: Rangers lose 1-0 game to A’s

This is a game I’ve written about several times over the now 15th season I’ve written about Rangers game for this blog.  1-0 losses can only be described one way, really.   You had outstanding pitching, but your offense was dead.  There really is no other story behind a 1-0 loss, is there? [Read more…]

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G34: Holland looks good, Rangers win 4-1

Derek Holland had another good outing, but with a few too many hits.  He threw seven innings, but gave up ten hits.  It didn’t hurt him too much, as he allowed just one run.   93 pitches over those seven, so it was working fairly well, if again – too many hits to call it a dominant performance.

That’s all I’m gonna write about this one, other than to say Moreland had another home run – that’s two days in a row now. [Read more…]

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G33: Rangers lose again, this time 6-3 to Brewers

As last game could be the start of Nick Tepesch’s loss of his rotation spot when guys come back, this one could have been the start of Justin Grimm’s.   Eight hits and three walks combined for five runs in five innings.  Ugh.   However, all five runs came in the first inning.  That he came out beyond the first was a bit of a surprise.  But he did put up zeroes in innings 2-5.   That’s not bad, but the first inning was pretty far away from good.  Check that, VERY far away.

My man Smokin’ Joe Ortiz had another shutout inning.  Liking this guy a lot! [Read more…]

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G32: Rangers lose makeup against Cubs, 9-2

This was supposed to be a day off, but the Rangers had to make a trip to Chicago to make up a rainout from a couple of weeks ago against the Cubs.  It showed.  They were lethargic, and quite frankly looked like a tired team.

Nick Tepesch might be coming back to earth a bit.   As he was the starter, he did the “fly ahead early” ahead of the team to get some sleep.  It didn’t help.  He got knocked around.    Threw four innings, allowed six hits, four walks, and the first six Cubs runs; although one was unearned.   Given we now have Colby Lewis & Martin Perez about to hit rehab assignments, it looks like perhaps Tepesch will lose his spot if he pitches like this again.  Even if he straightens up, he’s likely to lose his spot anyway, as we’d need two slots for the other guys.   Still, I like the kid, and he’s done mostly pretty well this season.   [Read more…]

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G31: Rangers sweep Red Sox with 4-3 win

Oh, there’s a bunch I could write about this game.

  • Yu Darvish’s 14 strikeouts. (16 overall by staff)
  • Nelson Cruz’ 2 run HR in the 6th to tie it.
  • Another scoreless outing by our bullpen
  • Mitch Moreland’s increasing confidence

Oh, there’s a bunch from this game to like.  But honestly, the thing that most Rangers fans will remember is the image to the left here.  The Rangers swept the Red Sox.   It envokes memories of this sound clip, which was also against the Red Sox..

The Rangers, who were already a good team this year, swept the Boston Red Sox, the previous best record in MLB holder before the series.   YU gotta love that!

 

 

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G30: Ogando beats Sox, 5-1

Well, OK, it wasn’t just Ogando, but I was getting tired of saying “Rangers beat…”  ;)    Although, Ogando didn’t do too bad.  Had a OK line.  Six innings pitched, and six hits allowed.  Threw in two walks, but gave up just one run – which is the important stat.   Didn’t exactly dominate, but pitched decently enough.  Technical quality start (as I’ve said before, I think a QS should be seven innings, not six).    Alexi also struck out four, and ran his season record to 3-2.   Average that out, and it’s about an 18 win season, if he sustains the pace, and I don’t know any team that won’t take an 18 game winner from one of their pitchers.  [Read more…]

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G29: Rangers shutout Red Sox, 7-0

This one is simple.

Derek Holland was bringing it.   8IP, 6H, 1BB, 0R, 9K, 112P.   Best outing of the year.

Our offense woke up.  EIGHTEEN hits, comprising of three doubles and fifteen singles.  Three walks thrown in there.

That was it.  Big bop bats, and stellar pitching will lead to wins like this every time.  Need more of it!

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G28: Rangers lose close one to ChiSox 3-1

Justin Grimm drew the “no offense” short straw in this one.   He actually pitched quite marvelously, but didn’t get the win.  That’s pretty much the definition of “hard luck loser”.   He did give up the three runs the White Sox got, and officially got a quality start.  But he was cruising through the first five. Didn’t allow any runs in the first five innings.   And of the six hits he allowed total, three of them came in the sixth inning.   Grimm did make it back out for the seventh, and retired the two batters he faced in the seventh, but was out at that point.   Felt bad, because the three runs all came on a three run home run.  Outside of that, he had a great outing.  But as Wash says, “That’s the way baseball go”. [Read more…]

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G27: Rangers drop game to Sox 5-2

This is a game we lost, but outhit our opponent.  Whenever that happens, I always see it as a game of missed opportunities.  Due to work and family stuff, I didn’t see or hear any of this game, so I’m saying this before looking at the recap or the box scores.    Taking a quick look at the box score, I see we left nine men on base.  Yeah, that kind of number kind of proves “missed opportunities”.     [Read more…]

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G26: Big inning leads to 10-6 win

It was a Yu Darvish game.   I’m getting the feeling when Darvish pitches that you used to get when Nolan Ryan pitched.  You always felt SOMETHING was going to happen, and you started the game expecting to win it.    So when Darvish got down 2-0 in the first inning, I was midly bummed.  Not that I expected the “Perfect game” Darvish every time out.  But I expected him to hold the line a little better early on. [Read more…]

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G25: Rangers lose finale 5-0, split series

Taking a pass on this one, ran out of time.

 

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G24: Rangers lose Saturday, 7-2

Taking a pass on this one, ran out of time.

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G23: Grimm pitches well, Rangers win 4-3

Taking a pass on this one.  Ran out of time.

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G22: Rangers squeak by against Twins, 2-1

Taking a pass on this.  Got too busy.

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G21: Rangers blow out Angels, win 11-3

It was Wednesday evening.  I was working.  I was working most of the evening, actually, so I didn’t have time to check into this game.   As such, I didn’t care too much that I’d get it spoiled.   So it was late, and I saw a few of my friends on Facebook being rather happy talking about Nelson Cruz, and “that was a great inning” in their updates (Hi Rose!).   So I thought I’d check in and see what was going on.  Turns out I missed the biggest offensive inning of the year to date.  We tagged nine runs on the Angels in the top of the fourth inning!!

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G20: Rangers lose in extras, 5-4

This one irritated me.   In fact, it irritated me so much, all I want to write is “Well, crap!”

Don’t like going to extra innings, as we generally lose those.  We lost this.    My boy, Smokin’ Joe Ortiz lost the game, giving up a walkoff home run.  Bummer.  Still like him a lot!  :)

OK, I wrote a little.  But basically..   “CRAP!”

 

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G19: Rangers win late game in Anaheim, 7-6

This was a game I didn’t get to see much of.   Had to work.  But I did catch a few minutes here and there.   What I didn’t miss was the mostly blah performance of Derek Holland.   When I was thinking of writing for this game, I thought it was going to be one of those back and forth games.  That did turn out to be the case in the middle innings for a little, but not as much as I realized.

The Rangers started out with a couple of runs early against Joe Blanton.  A guy I remember from his time in Philly.  When he got on the ropes early, I was immediately expecting a blowout.   That didn’t happen.  We did score 2, which is always helpful.  But we let Blanton off the hook, as we could have had a lot more than that.    [Read more…]

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G18: Rangers sweep M’s with 11-3 thrashing

I am not going to write a lot about this one.   The old “running out of time to write” right now thing.  But I will put down a few bullet points.

  • Justin Grimm looked as good as I’ve seen him since his initial stellar major league start.   Was quite good.
  • I got to see just a little bit of this game, but I did get to see the bottom of the fifth
  • Always amusing to see a game with an 11-3 score with an official credit for a save.  :)
  • In watching game commentary on Twitter, it was funny to see both “Nelson Cruz boomstick” and “Nelson Cruz bloopstick” at the same time. :)
  • Nice jets on Leonys Martin.  Good to see he didn’t hurt himself on his triple.
  • Martin wins the slugging percentage award for this game with a triple and a double.
  • Always ALWAYS love seeing grand slams by the Rangers.   Even better when the outfielders for the other team don’t even MOVE when the ball is headed their way.  :)
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G17: Two shutouts in a row, beating M’s 5-0

Two shutouts in a row.  Granted, it’s the Mariners, who have had offensive problems the last several years.  But still.   Won 7-0 yesterday.  Won 5-0 today.   You’ve GOT to love that kind of performance from your pitching staff.   Yesterday the big deal was Yu Darvish.   Today the big deal was.. well.. all of them.    Because in the third inning, it looked pretty bad. [Read more…]

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G16: Rangers shut down Mariners, 7-0

Whatever was bothering Yu Darvish in his second start, certainly didn’t bother him this game.   He looked more like the almost perfect guy in his first outing of the season.   Wasn’t quite THAT good, but man, he looked good here.  His pitches were moving – he mowed guys down.   He very much looks like what the Rangers expected to get when they sent a truckload of money to his Japanese team, and then offered Darvish himself another truckload of money.   Take that Dice-K! [Read more…]

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G15: Rangers lose to Cubs on Thursday, 6-2

This is one of those games that has a simple explanation.  Oh, I could write multiple hundreds of words about it, breaking down all the details, but it really is very simple.  Carlos Villanueva for the Cubs was good.  Alexi Ogando for the Rangers was not.    Ogando allowed five earned runs in 2.1 innings.  That was the game  in a nutshell.

Our only two runs came on two solo home runs (Kinsler & Cruz).  In fact, Kinsler & Cruz were our ENTIRE offense, as we had just four hits total.  Both of them had two hits (the others being singles).  Nobody else had any.

That’s it, folks!