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Rangers win in 2nd game against Red Sox!

Oh, this was a great game! We won the game 7-2. It was dominated by our young players Derek Holland, Neftali Feliz, Julio Borbon, and Elvis Andrus. Borbon is 23, Holland is 22, Feliz is 21, and Andrus is 20. (!)

Derek Holland
Derek Holland was our starting pitcher, and he lasted 6 2/3 innings. Holland has earned a win in 3 of his last 4 outings. He allowed two home runs last night, but they were both solo shots, and they were the only 2 runs the BoSox scored all night. Darren O’Day got the final out in the 7th inning, and then Neftali Feliz came in to pitch the 8th and 9th innings.

Neftali Feliz

Feliz gave up a single to the very first batter he faced, Victor Martinez, but then he was able to retire the next six batters he faced, including 3 strikeouts, to close out the game. It was Neftali’s first home start, and I’m sure that the sold-out crowd was quite impressed. In his 5 big league outings, Feliz has now struck out 16 of 29 batters faced. That’s more than half!

Elvis Andrus
With our young pitchers keeping the Sox’ offense to a minimum, our young position players provided most of the Rangers’ offense. The Rangers combined for 8 stolen bases last night! (Eight!) Ian Kinsler had one stolen base, Elvis Andrus stole a very impressive 3 bases, and Julio Borbon stole a staggering 4 bases. Just the fact that Andrus and Borbon were able to get on base in order to steal a combined 7 bases is pretty stinkin’ awesome.
Julio Borbon
Borbon had a fabulous night last night with his 4 hits and 4 stolen bases. He was 4-for-5 with 2 runs and 2 RBIs. This was only his 6th game in the big leagues! Man, that kid has some serious potential! Unfortunately, when Nelson Cruz comes off of the DL in a few days, Julio may have to go back down to AAA. I don’t know, though; with as good as Borbon is doing lately, Nelly may find himself chillin’ down in AAA for a little while.

Ian Kinsler
Ian Kinsler had a pretty dramatic 1st game back from the DL too. In his first at-bat, he hit a home run. Pretty nice! He also had one of the stolen bases last night, as I mentioned before. And there was a heart-stopping moment in the bottom of the 8th inning when Ian was drilled by a pitch… in the HEAD! It definitely didn’t look intentional, but it definitely did look scary. Ian writhed around in the dirt for awhile, but then he popped up looking none too pleased with pitcher Fernando Cabrera. He had some heated words for Red Sox catcher Jason Varitek, but then he took his base without further incident. They had been piching inside to Ian all night, and apparently one just got away from Cabrera. They interviewed Kinsler before today’s game, and he said that he spoke to Varitek after the game last night, and that they had put all of their problems behind them. And luckily, Kins wasn’t hurt. Thank goodness!!

Dustin Nippert

Today’s pitching matchup: Our Dustin Nippert (3-1) against Red Sox rookie Junichi Tazawa (1-1). Both pitchers are pretty green, but I have faith in Nippert, especially considering what he’s been able to do for the Rangers this year. He’s been absolutely stellar when having to pinch start or in long relief. Even though his last outing didn’t go too well, I’m not willing to write off this kid after one “bad” outing. His last outing wasn’t even very bad! His biggest problem was one bad inning and the fact that the Rangers’ offense couldn’t score to back him up! Considering that the Rangers really want to win this game and take the series win against the BoSox today, securing a 1/2 game lead in the Wild Card race, I think we’ve got this one. Hopefully!

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Heartbreaker versus BoSox

Oh man, this one hurt. You remember the first game in Oakland where we lost it in the bottom of the 9th? Yeah, it’s like that.

Kevin Millwood
Kevin Millwood started off the night by throwing 5 2/3 scoreless innings, but the Sox really wore out his arm in the process. He just had to throw too many pitches. Millie came out of the game immediately after walking Mike Lowell in the 6th inning, with the score in the Rangers’ favor at 2-0. [Back in the 1st inning, Omar Vizquel got a lead-off walk, and Michael Young came up behind him to hit a dinger, giving the Rangers their 2 runs.] Millie had already gotten the first 2 outs of the inning, but he knew he just couldn’t get that third out.

David Ortiz
So Wash took Millwood out and brought Eddie Guardado in from the ‘pen to face David Ortiz with a man on 1st base. Eddie and Big Papi are really good friends off the field, going back to when they both played for the Minnesota Twins from 1997-2002. And unfortunately, as Papi is known to do, he hit one out of the park, tying up the score at 2-2.
That was the first sign of trouble.
 
Marlon Byrd
It didn’t seem like the Rangers had too much to worry about, though. In the bottom of the 6th, Marlon Byrd hit a double that was immediately followed up by a single from Andruw Jones, allowing Marlon to score. And so the Rangers took the lead again, 3-2. They also manufactured another run in the 7th, taking full advantage of Taylor Teagarden’s walk. Elvis Andrus bunted Taylor to 2nd base, then Omar Vizquel singled to allow Taylor to get to 3rd base. Next Michael Young got a pop fly, allowing Teagarden to score. So the Rangers went into the top of the 9th inning leading the Red Sox 4-2. Two runs is a pretty comfortable lead, right?
Wrong.
Franky Francisco
Frank Francisco, our closer, came in to pitch the 9th inning. This gave me no reason to worry, since Frankie Frank normally does a solid job in these situations. I mean, that’s why he’s our closer, right? Because he can come in during a close game and keep the other team from scoring. Oh, Frankie! What am I gonna do with you, m’boy? First David Ortiz hit a double, then Jason Varitek got a single, moving Papi to 3rd base. Next Jacoby Ellsbury got a single, allowing Ortiz to score and moving Varitek to 2nd. That brought the score to 4-3.
 
Clay Buchholtz
They brought in rookie pitcher Clay Buchholtz as a pinch runner to replace Varitek on 2nd base, and Frankie struck out the next batter. Okay, good, one out. Then Dustin Pedroia came to the plate and bounced a double to left fielder David Murphy. Luckily Murph is a superb ballplayer, and Clay Buchholtz doesn’t have much experience with running the bases. Murphy was able to hit the cut-off man, Michael Young, with no problem, and Michael whipped around to fire the ball to Taylor Teagarden at home plate. And Clay Buchholtz was tagged out a home!! What a beautiful play! Now there were 2 outs in the inning. If Frankie had been able to get the next batter out, then we still could have won the game right there.
No such luck.
Jacoby Ellsbury
Victor Martinez came up to bat next, and he hit a double, allowing both Ellsbury and Pedroia to score. So now the score was 5-4 in favor of the Sox. If it had ended there, we might have been able to come back in the bottom of the 9th to tie it up.
But it didn’t end there.
 
Jason Jennings
Next Jason Bay singled, scoring Victor Martinez. 6-4 Sox. Freakin’ A, have they batted around in this inning yet?? Will the runs ever stop?? Then J.D. Drew came to the plate, and he knocked one out of the park, bringing the score to 8-4. After Drew’s homer, Wash finally took Frankie out of the game and brought in Jason Jennings to get the final out. So the Rangers went into the bottom of the 9th inning knowing that they would have to score at least 4 runs to have a chance at winning the game. And that was just too big a defecit for the Rangers to overcome. So we lost the game 8-4. Sad day.
 

I’m not going to talk about “tomorrow’s pitching matchup” because I’m a little late getting this summary out and they’ve already played the next game. I won’t keep you in suspense… we won!!! But it’s too late to post that game summary too. It’s already 1 am, and I need to go to bed. Tomorrow’s game is a 1:05 p.m. start time, so I’ll try to get the next game summary out tomorrow morning (well, I guess technically it would be this morning, since it’s after midnight). Anyway, I’m off to bed, so I’ll leave you with a little CD to lift your spirits…

 
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