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.  :)

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…]

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…]

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…]

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…]

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…]

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…]

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!

 

 

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…]