Tagged: Sir Sidney Ponson

Rangers take the series from the Royals

As I said yesterday, Kevin Millwood was slated to start today against Sir Sidney Ponson. And he did start. He just had to come out of the game after the 2nd inning because…

wait for it…

he hurt his @$$!

Kevin Millwood
Now I know he’s seriously hurt; he was experiencing tightness in his gluteus muscle, and I know that can definitely affect his delivery as a pitcher. But you knew I had to make a joke about it. How could I not??
Dustin Nippert
Anyway, Dustin Nippert came through for us again today, giving us 4 and 2/3 innings of relief and allowing only 1 run. He earned his 3rd win in just 8 days. So, basically, this kid just shows up to the ballpark not knowing if he’s pitching or not, and he’s proven in the past week that the Rangers can definitely depend on him in a desperate situation. I love this guy!
Sir Sidney Ponson
Sidney Ponson pitched 6 innings of shut-out baseball, but then the Royals’ bullpen came in to hand out 7 runs to the Rangers. Well, that’s not exactly true; the first 3 runs scored by the Rangers were unearned, coming off an error by Alberto Callaspo (the Royals’ 1st baseman) in the 7th inning. The poor guy should have caught a routine pop-up by Kinsler, but he lost the ball in the sun and ended up dropping it, and that allowed some Rangers to score. The bullpen gave up the 4 runs in the 8th inning, bringing the final score to 7-2.

Notables in this game:
1) Dustin Nippert, obviously
2) Michael Young had another 3-hit game

Michael Young
3) Marlon Byrd made a diving catch in center field. This almost isn’t “notable,” since it seems like Marlon is always making awesome diving catches in the outfield, but I want to let him know that we notice the amazing job that you’re doing, Marlon!
Marlon Byrd
Tomorrow, the Rangers are coming back home for a 7-game home stretch. First they’re playing 3 games against the Detroit Tigers, then the Seattle Mariners are coming into town for a 4-game set. I hope to be going to the game on Thursday night, because they’re giving away a really cute baseball cap to the first 20,000 fans. 🙂
Tomorrow’s pitching matchup: Tommy Hunter against Armando Galarraga. This is a bit scary, considering that Galarraga has been in the bigs for 3 years, so he definitely has more experience than Tommy. He also has the 2nd lowest opponent batting average in the AL, with batters hitting only .226 against him. But Galarraga has 5 wins and 8 losses this season. And remember last week, when Tommy Hunter was going up against Josh Beckett of the Red Sox? What happened in that game again? Oh right, Tommy did a FANTASTIC job and we won the game! So I’m not ready to declare a win for the Tigers just yet.

And, as I promised yesterday, here’s my Chris Davis count, along with a picture of Chris, just because I think he’s cute.

my husband
Days since CD has been in the majors: 22
Originally published July 26, 2009

oh $h!t

Well, everything started off fine. We were leading 3-0 after the top of the 4th. The Royals got 1 run in the bottom of the 4th, but we were still leading 3-1.

Derek Holland

Then came the bottom of the 5th, when Derek Holland gave up another 3 runs to the Royals. They yanked Derek Holland after 4.2 innings and brought in Jason Grilli to try to stop the bleeding, but to no avail. By the time the 5th inning was over, the Rangers were losing 4-3. Grilli came back to pitch in the 6th inning, and he did a good job of shutting down the Royals. Then Jason Jennings came in to pitch for us in the 7th inning, and he gave up 2 more runs to make it 6-3. Willie Eyre took over in the bottom of the 8th, in his first outing since his fight with the flu, and he did a good job too. But the damage was already done. So ends our winning streak.

Notables in this game:
1) Due to the nasty flu going around the clubhouse, Ron Washington had a kind of piecemeal line-up tonight. Absent were David Murphy, Jarrod Saltalamacchia, and Elvis Andrus tonight.

2) Michael Young came up with 3 hits tonight, the first of which was a solo home run in the top of the first inning. Good job Mikey!

Michael Young

3) Omar Vizquel made a gorgeous play at short-stop, which actually resulted in the Royals’ manager being ejected from the game. Omar went after a line drive between 2nd and 3rd, caught it barehanded, and launched it to Hank Blalock at 1st with barely a pause. The batter was really hustling on his way to first, and he almost beat the throw, but on the replay it was clear that Omar got the ball to Hank before the runner’s foot hit the bag. The Royals’ manager, of course, went out to argue the call with the 1st base umpire, as is customary for a close play. But things must have gotten pretty heated in the argument, because pretty soon, the ump ejected him from the game.

Omar Vizquel

In watching the Rangers’ post-game show on FSN Southwest, one of the viewers tweeted the following question: “What will Washington do with Holland after 2 subpar starts? Keep him in the rotation or move him back to the bullpen?”

Hmm, that’s a good question. And Steve Busby’s answer sounded pretty similar to what I opined yesterday about Derek Holland: There are 3 options. 1) Wash could keep Holland in the starting rotation in the majors, 2) move him to the bullpen in the majors, or 3) send him down to AAA to get some work as a starter. Buzz and I both agree that Derek Holland will be a great starting pitcher sometime in the near future. But we’re not really going to be able to depend on Holland to start for us every 5th day in the majors, so the 1st of those 3 options is pretty much ruled out. Maybe we can use him for spot-starts as we keep him in the bullpen, but the kid really needs to practice and get chances to succeed. Of course, Ron Washington could decide to keep him in the starting rotation and hope for the best. Who knows? It’s not a question with a cut-and-dried answer.

Tomorrow’s pitching lineup: Our ace Kevin Millwood, who has been doing an amazing job, against Sir Sidney Ponson, who hasn’t been doing too well of late. Ponson has 1 win and 6 losses so far this season. And yes, I did say “Sir” Sidney; he was knighted in his home country of Aruba in 2003. Interestingly enough, Ponson was a Ranger at the beginning of last season, and I met him on Photo Day last year. He was kinda weird. Just my impression. 🙂

Kevin Millwood
I’m totally confident that the Rangers can come back tomorrow to take the series. The Royals were getting desperate after 10 losses in a row, but after their single win tonight I think they’ll lose that fervor. And we can take them tomorrow; there’s no doubt in my mind.
Sir Sidney Ponson
Originally published July 25, 2009