Game 1 against Minnesota Twins

Joe Mauer

As I said I would, I went to the Rangers game last night. And we won, 8-5! YAY! It was the first time the Rangers had scored 8 runs in a game withiout a home run since June of 2006. Joe Mauer did some great things for the Twins, getting a solo home run of his own, along with a single, a double, and a stolen base. Plus, he’s pretty easy on the eyes. šŸ™‚ But their one good player couldn’t compete with our team full of good players.

Tommy Hunter
The Rangers scored 7 runs against Twins’ pitcher Francisco Liriano in the 1st and 2nd innings combined (3 in the 1st inning and 4 in the 2nd inning). Tommy Hunter wasn’t too great, but he did a decent job. Thank goodness the Rangers bats were alive and kicking! Tommy had some trouble settling down during the first 2 innings, and he gave up one run in each of those innings, making the score 7-2. But then Tommy was able to get things under control, and when he left the game, the score was still 7-2 Rangers.
 
Francisco Liriano
I can’t believe the Rangers chased Liriano from the game after only 2 innings of work. He has since gone on the disabled list with a “tired arm.” HA! Sorry, thay’s not nice. I really don’t wish him any ill will, it just struck me as a little bit funny. Justin Morneau had to come out after the 4th inning with dizziness. Yeesh, I hope he’s okay too! That kind of sucks for the Twins!
Darren O’Day
Tommy came out of the game after 5 2/3 innings with 2 men on base, and Darren O’Day took the mound. And I don’t know what the problem was, but the poor boy had trouble getting the ball over the plate! He walked another batter to load the bases, then he walked in a run!! After that, he gave up a 2-run single, bringing the score to 7-5.
 
Neftali Feliz
So Wash had to pull O’Day and bring in Neftali Feliz, who was able to get a ground-out to end the inning. Feliz stayed in to pitch the 7th inning too, and he had another perfect inning, although his velociy was a bit slower than usual. It was pretty funny at the game; everyone would watch Feliz throw to the plate, then turn their heads to the ribbon scoreboard to see how fast the pitch was! Hysterical! The highest speed I saw after a pitch was 95 mph, but the Rangers website says Feliz hit 97 mph. I just must have missed it.
 
Jason Jennings and C.J. Wilson combined to pitch the 8th inning, and Frank Francisco came on to close out the game in the 9th.
 
Random notes:
Ian Kinsler
*Ian Kinsler was hit by another pitch last night. What the hell??
 
 
Hank Blalock.jpg*When I referenced our “team full of good players” above, the 2 guys that I wasn’t talking about were Hank Blalock and Andruw Jones. Hank was the only Ranger last night that didn’t get a hit. Hank has had 120 at-bats since the All-Star Break (or somewhere around there), and you know how many times he’s walked? Zero. Big fat goose egg. He needs to be more patient at the plate, and quit swinging for the fences all the time! He’s batting .239, which seems pretty decent, but when you consider that he hasn’t had a batting average that low since 2002, the situation starts to look a little more dire. Seriously, when do they finally realize that Hank is doing diddly-squat and that they need to bring Chris Davis back up?? I love you, Chris!! I miss your awesome-ness!
Andruw Jones
And Andruw Jones seems like a really great guy, but he’s having a pretty craptastic year. True, he did have that one 3-home-run game this year. But overall, he’s batting .222. When a guy comes to the plate and I have next to no faith that he’ll get a hit, that’s sad. And batting Blalock and Jones next to each other in the lineup is really bad, Wash. Seriously.
 
Kevin Richardson
*Kevin Richardson made his major league debut last night, and he went 2-for-4 with a run scored! Nice!
*The Rangers are now 17 games over .500
 
Scott Feldman
Tonight’s pitching matchup: Scott Feldman (12-4) against the Twins’ Carl Pavano (10-9). Pavano was traded to the Twins from the Cleveland Indians on August 8, and he is currently 1-1 as a Twin. He is 0-1 against the Rangers this year. He lasted just one inning in that game, facing 12 batters and giving up 9 (!) earned runs during the outing. What can I say? Scooter’s got more wins. After watching the Rangers win last night, I think we’ve got it. Although, in this 4 game series, I predict that the Rangers will lose 1 and win 3. And we already got one win last night. So we’ll have to see.
 
My daily Chris Davis fix:
my husband, Chris Davis
Days since CD has been in the majors: 44
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