Tagged: Francisco Liriano

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. 🙂 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.
 
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my husband, Chris Davis
Days since CD has been in the majors: 44
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We won the series against the BoSox!!

This last game was a nail-biter, but we pulled it off. The final score was 4-3, and especially after the game on Friday (when the Sox overtook us when we were leading by 4-2 and Frank Francisco blew the save), I was super nervous. But the Rangers eeked out a win, and they took the series!! This was a huge thing, to win the series against Boston, because they’re such a formidable team. AND… we’ve now leapfrogged Boston and we’re leading by 1/2 a game in the AL Wild Card race. Which really doesn’t mean much at this point, considering that there are still 7 weeks left of regular season play, but now maybe people will start taking us seriously. We’d still like to win the AL West, and it’s very possible, but all our boys can do is play their best and see what shakes out. The Rangers are now 16 games over .500, and that’s the first time we’ve been that far ahead all season.

 
Dustin Nippert
Sunday afternoon’s game was the 1st day game in Arlington in months, and all of us Texans know that August in Texas is miserable. The heat had to be a factor, but it didn’t seem to bother the Rangers. Dustin Nippert pitched 6 innings, and when Nippert left the mound after pitching the top of the 6th inning, the Rangers were leading 3-2. Then the Rangers scored another run in the bottom of the 6th, bringing the score to 4-2. Look familiar at all?
C.J. Wilson
Wash brought in Doug Mathis to pitch the 7th inning (where the heck has he been?), and Mathis gave up another run, bring the score to 4-3. Let the nail-biting commence. All of the Ranger fans were hoping for a rally by the Rangers by that point, so that we could add a few more insurance runs to the score. But the Rangers weren’t able to add any runs to the scoreboard in the bottom of the 7th. C.J. Wilson came in to pitch the 8th inning, and he actually didn’t self-destruct! Yay!! But we knew Franky Francisco would be coming out to pitch the 9th inning, so we were REALLY hoping for some more runs in the bottom of the 8th. But alas, it wasn’t meant to be. All right, here we go!

Frank Francisco

And Frankie was stellar. He needed only 10 pitches to retire the 3 Red Sox batters in the top of the 9th. But, of course, Frankie likes to take a lot of time between pitches, so it added to the drama. He knew that he had to perform really well after his crash-and-burn on Friday night, and he certainly didn’t disappoint! To get the final out, he struck out Victor Martinez, the batter who hit the 2-run double off Frankie on Friday to give the Red Sox the lead.
Tommy Hunter
Tonight’s pitching matchup: Tommy Hunter (5-2) against the Twins’ Francisco Liriano (5-11). I’ve actually heard of Francisco Liriano, so that scares me a little bit. He’s supposed to be pretty good, right? But he’s lost 11 games this year. That can’t be too good. Maybe the Twins’ bats just aren’t backing him up. I don’t know. Anyway, Liriano just got his first victory since late June in his last start, and is said to feel “tranquilo.” Uh-oh. He has more experience than Hunter, because he’s been in the Bigs since 2005, and he’s obviously pitched a lot of games this year. Our battery tonight will consist of Hunter and new catcher Kevin Richardson, who caught Hunter while they were in the minors. This will be Hunter’s first outing against the Twins. But, as I said last time Tommy got a start, that boy is a hoss. He can get us the win.

I got a really cool Rangers ticket coupon deal for $40, and it came with 6 free tickets, 8 buy one get one free tickets, 3 50% off tickets, and some other cool stuff. There’s no way I’ll be able to use all the coupons, but I can try! 🙂 And the seats are in the Corner Box section, which is my favorite! The only problem is that I can only redeem the coupons in person or through the mail. So Daddy and I are going to go to the game tonight, and we’re just gonna show up at the Box Office and hope they have some good seats left. But they probably will, because it’s a Monday night, and we’re playing the Minnesots Twins, who aren’t really a team you’d expect a lot of fans to want to go to. I mean, if we were playing a team in our division, or the Red Sox or the Yankees, I’d be worried about getting seats. I’m excited to see Justin Morneau and Joe Mauer though! I’m going to redeem all of my coupons tonight, because I’ve already mapped out which games I want to go to and how many tickets I’ll need. And then I’ll have the tickets ahead of time, and I won’t have to keep going back to the Box Office.

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Chris Davis
Days since CD has been in the majors: 43
 
Originally published August 17, 2009