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Saturday’s win against TB Rays

Saturday, September 26
Kevin Millwood

Kevin Millwood was our starter on Saturday, and I was excited to see what he could accomplish after his last stellar outing in Oakland. And… he stunk up the place. If not for our tremendous offense, he would have gotten another loss.

When he left the mound after the top of the 5th inning, he looked like he was completely done. The Rangers were losing 3-1 at that point. Then, a miracle happened. With two outs in the bottom of the 5th, the Rangers scored 11 runs. That’s right… eleven runs.

Marlon Byrd
Matt Garza, the Rays’ starter, was still in the game to pitch the bottom of the 5th. It started out with a single by Pudge, a double by Chris Davis, and a walk by Julio Borbon. Then Elvis Andrus lined out and Josh Hamilton struck out. So with 2 outs, Marlon Byrd stepped up to the plate. And he hit a Grand Slam Home Run, to give the Rangers a 5-3 lead. The bases were cleared at this point, with 2 outs.
Then Hank Blalock singled, and Ian Kinsler walked. And the Rays’ manager had had enough. He pulled Garza in favor of relief pitcher Jeff Bennett.
 
David Murphy
David Murphy.jpgAnd David Murphy decided to greet the new pitcher with a 2-RBI double. 7-3 Rangers. After Murphy, Pudge came up to bat for the 2nd time in the inning, and he got another single, this time scoring David Murphy. 8-3 Rangers.
Chris Davis singled, followed by a Julio Borbon single, which plated Pudge. 9-3 Rangers.
Josh Hamilton
Josh Hamilton.jpg
Then Elvis Andrus took a walk, loading the bases. And Josh Hamilton, who struck out during his first at-bat in the bottom of the 5th, got a double during his 2nd at-bat of the inning, which cleared the bases. 12-3 Rangers.
Marlon Byrd walked next, and the Rays’ manager decided that Jeff Bennett was done after giving up 2 walks, 5 hits, and 5 runs and getting no outs. Dale Thayer came in and promptly got Hank Blalock to fly out to center field, finally ending the inning.
The Rangers got another run in the bottom of the 6th (on a solo homer by Ian Kinsler), as well as 2 more runs in the bottom of the 8th, making the final score 15-3.
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Win on Friday against TB Rays

Sorry, I’ve been slacking with my blog this weekend. I went to the game today, but I won’t talk about that yet; I’ll get into that in my next post. For now, I’ll talk about Friday & Saturday’s wins against the Rays.

Friday, September 25

Derek Holland
Derek Holland.jpgDerek Holland led the Rangers on the mound on Friday, and I wasn’t too optimistic. But he surprised me and did a pretty good job. He gave up 3 runs, all in the bottom of the 3rd inning, but then he came back in the 4th and 5th innings and shut out the Rays. The biggest thing that Holland is learning is how NOT to completely fold when he has a bad inning, and that is very important for a young pitcher. And apparently he’s learning.
Julio Borbon
The Rangers started it off by getting 2 runs in the bottom of the 1st inning, and another run in the bottom of the 2nd. Julio Borbon singled to lead off the 1st inning, followed by a single by Elvis Andrus. Marlon Byrd came up to bat one out later, and he hit a double, scoring both Borbon and Andrus, and accounting for the 2 runs in the 1st inning.
Chris Davis
Chris Davis got a solo homer in the bottom of the 2nd, and it was his 20th of the year! That’s not too shabby, especially since he spent 7 weeks in AAA this season!
So when Derek Holland gave up 3 runs in the bottom of the 3rd it wasn’t too bad. Holland (who has been prone to the home run ball this season) gave up another homer on Friday, to Gabe Kapler, but it was just a solo shot. It must have been hard for Derek to settle down after giving up that home run, and he did end up giving up 2 more runs, but he was able to get out of the inning. That was huge, because Wash definitely didn’t want to have to pull his starter in the 3rd inning. So he got out of the inning without allowing the Rays to take the lead, and he shut down the Rays in the 4th and 5th innings.
Ian Kinsler
Then in the bottom of the 8th inning, with the Rangers leading 5-3, Marlon Byrd and Hank Blalock walked. Ian Kinsler came up next, and he finally got his 30th home run of the year, after he got his 30th steal the night before! So now, Kins is only the 3rd second baseman ever to be a 30-30 man. And two of the three were Texas Rangers when they got the achievement (Alfonso Soriano also did it in 2005).  So with Kinsler’s home run, the Rangers won the game 8-3.

Game 3 win in Anaheim!

Yay! We won! But man, that game was a real gut-wrencher. The score was back and forth and back and forth! Okay, folks, this one’s gonna take awhile, so sit back and relax!

Tommy Hunter
Tommy Hunter did a great job through 4 innings. He retired the first 10 batters he faced! The Rangers scored 2 runs in the top of the first inning, so they were leading 2-0 before the A’s even got a chance to bat last night! Tommy Hunter took the mound in the bottom of the 4th inning with a 4-0 lead, and I’m sure he felt pretty confident in his stuff. In the preceeding half inning (the top of the 4th), Hank Blalock hit a 2-run homer to vault the Rangers’ lead to 4 runs, and Tommy must have felt likt he was on top of the world. But he would soon come crashing down.

Before Tommy could get out of the bottom of the 4th inning, the A’s got 3 singles and 3 doubles in 7 at-bats to take the lead 5-4. Five runs in a single inning without a home run??? I was stunned. It wasn’t like Tommy was doing a bad job, it was just almost as if the batters knew what he was going to do before he did it. After the game, Tommy said that he was throwing a lot of fastballs in that inning, and that he didn’t vary his pitches enough. Well, duh! If you’re throwing fastballs and they’re getting hits, try something else! Sheesh!

Elvis Andrus
But the Rangers struck back in the top of the 5th inning. With 2 outs and nobody on base, Elvis Andrus hit a line shot to the A’s shortstop Cliff Pennington, and Pennington couldn’t come up with it. It was called an error by Pennington, but I agree with Tom Grieve that it should have been scored a base hit.
Marlon Byrd
Anyway, Andrus’ single was followed up with a walk by David Murphy, a double steal, and a 2-RBI double by Marlon Byrd to allow the Rangers to take the lead again, 6-5.
Nelson Cruz
Next Hank Blalock drove in Marlon Byrd with a double, and then Nelson Cruz hit an RBI single after that to plate Hank. 8-5 Rangers.
The A’s lead off the bottom of the 5th with a solo homer by Eric Patterson to bring the score to 8-6, but that was all they were able to accomplish in the inning.
David Murphy
In the top of the 6th inning, with 2 outs, David Murphy hit an RBI single to score Julio Borbon and bring the Rangers’ lead back to 3 runs, 9-6. It was the last time the Rangers would score in the game, but thankfully, it was enough.
Tommy Hunter battled through 5 2/3 innings before being replaced by Dustin Nippert, who got the final out of the 6th inning. When Tommy left the mound, the Rangers were leading 9-7, and Hunter was eligible to get the win.
Darren O’Day
Darren O’Day came in to pitch the bottom of the 7th inning, and maybe Wash went with O’Day instead of sticking with Nippert because of O’Day’s recent media coverage. And maybe Darren was right when he said he didn’t want to talk about his pitching success for fear of jinxing it. Because the first batter O’Day faced, Eric Patterson, singled on a line drive to center field. Then Rajai Davis doubled to plate Patterson. That made the score 9-8. A little too close for comfort.
CJ Wilson
Ron decided to go ahead and bring in C.J. Wilson to get the last 2 outs of the 7th inning. I called my dad and said, “I’m not used to this. I’m used to screaming ‘Dammit, C.J.!’ at the t.v., not ‘Dammit, Darren!’ And now they’re bringing in C.J. to try and stop the bleeding caused by O’Day’s mistakes. Weird.” So I just crossed my fingers and hoped C.J. could get it under control.
And he did. It was masterful. C.J. got us out of the 7th inning, and then he went back out to pitch the 8th inning. He gave up one hit and one walk in his 1 2/3 innings pitched, and neither of them came in to score!
With 2 outs and 2 on in the bottom of the 8th, Hank saved the game with his glove by pouncing on a sharply hit ground ball to right and clamboring to first base to get the final out of the inning.
Frank Francisco
Wash brought in Frankie Frank to pitch the 9th inning, and that passed without much fanfare. Frankie got 2 strike-outs to end the game with the Rangers still on top 9-8.

Game notes:
Hank Blalock

*Hank Blalock had a 4 RBI game last night, and he is responsible for all of the Rangers’ home runs in their last 7 games (2 homers). Hank has started the last 5 games for the Rangers, and in that time, they have scored 28 runs combined. In the 5 games before Hank came back to the lineup, the Rangers scored 1 run total. I’d say he’s been a good addition to the lineup. Just when I think he’s done for/washed up/run out of gas, Hank comes back and does something amazing. Every time.
*the Angels lost their game to the NY Yankees yesterday, so we gained a game on them. We’re now 6 1/2 back in the AL West. Which still sounds far, but it’s better than 7 1/2 back, and we still have 4 games head-to-head against the Angels.
Scott Feldman
Today’s pitching matchup: Scott Feldman (17-5) against Brett Anderson (10-10). Scooter is like the Rangers’ secret weapon, and we’re all but guaranteed a win when he takes the mound. Especially when we’re on the road. But Anderson has been hot lately. He’s a 21-year-old rookie who’s won his last 3 starts, with great command of his pitches. Hopefully the Rangers will keep their momentum from yesterday to produce some runs today. It would be nice to take 3 out of 4 in Anaheim, especially since last time we played 4 in Anaheim (in August), we lost 3 or 4.

Game 1 win in Oakland

I was worried about last night’s game for several reasons: 1) the last time we played 4 games in Oakland (about a month ago), we lost the first 3 of the 4 games, 2) Oakland just swept us in Arlington last week, 3) the Rangers have been playing horribly of late (lost 7 of the last 9 games), 4) the Rangers’ winning percentage on the road is only about .500, 5) the A’s had won their last 7 games, and 6) Kevin Millwood was getting the start. But they surprised me, not just by winning the game, but by completely dominating! The final score was 10-3.
Kevin Millwood
Kevin Millwood actually lasted 7 innings, which he hasn’t done since June 21st. And he did a really good job! He had a shutout going until the bottom of the 6th, and he only have up 3 hits and 1 walk in the outing. He did hit 2 batters, but that was just because hit ‘cutter’ cut too much. Those 9 days of rest and extra work with Mike Maddux must have really helped, because I was really impressed! He didn’t look tired, and he didn’t have to battle. I was nervous because I knew that Kevin Millwood’s $12 million option for next year would vest after 4 1/3 more innings, and I was afraid we would be stuck with a pitcher who couldn’t pitch any more. But he proved us all wrong! Great Job, Millie!
The Rangers jumped out to a lead early, leading 1-0 after the first inning, 4-0 after the second inning, and 6-0 after the 4th inning! And they did it by playing small ball, as opposed to via the home run. The Rangers didn’t hit a single home run last night, yet they scored 10 runs! Instead of talking about all the hits, it’s probably easier to talk about the guys who DIDN’T get hits.
Ian Kinsler
Ian Kinsler and Taylor Teagarden were the only 2 guys with significant playing time who didn’t get hits. Kinsler had 5 total at-bats, at he either flied out or popped out 4 of those times. I’m getting to where every time he comes up to the plate, I expect him to pop it up and get an out. For the past few weeks, I’ve actually really been surprised when he managed to get on base. Seriously, Rudy, we’ve got to do something about his swing. Now if we can just convince Kinsler that he needs help…
Taylor Teagarden
Taylor is having a bit of trouble offensively, but I’m okay with that because 1) he apparently works really well with Millwood, 2) he caught Adam Kennedy trying to steal 2nd base in the bottom of the 2nd inning, and 3) he laid down a beautiful sacrifice bunt in the top of the 2nd inning to get 2 men in scoring position. They both scored on the following play.
Craig Gentry
Craig Gentry got one at-bat in the 9th inning last night, after Wash put him in to replace Marlon Byrd in the 8th. Last night was only Craig’s 2nd big league at-bat; he hit into a force-out the first time. So he has yet to get his first big league hit. And last night, with 2 outs in the top of the 9th inning, bases loaded, he stepped up to the plate. And struck out swinging. Poor guy! Don’t worry, you’ll get your first big league hit soon enough!
Darren O’Day
When Millwood came out of the game after 7 innings, Darren O’Day came in to pitch the 8th inning. And he did a fabulous job, like usual. Seriously, we really need to keep him next year. Do you hear me, JD? He is by far the most dependable of our relievers. He’s not flashy or anything, he just goes out there and quietly takes care of business. And the side-arm thing is cool.

Eddie Guardado
But instead of Wash leaving in O’Day to finish out the game in the 9th inning last night, he brought in Eddie Guardado. I mean, sure, Eddie needs to get some work in too, and we were leading by 9 runs, so we had a good cushion to work with. Which we ended up needing, because Eddie gave up a 2-run homer to the rookie Matt Carson. It was actually Carson’s first big league home run. Now, don’t get me wrong; I love Eddie Guardado. He is a respected veteran and he seems to have a great sense of humor. But I think he’s gotten past the days when he was reliable “Everyday Eddie,” and he just may have lost his stuff.
Game notes:
Josh Hamilton
*Michael Young and Josh Hamilton have still not made an appearance in the lineup in quite a while. I heard a rumor somewhere yesterday that Hamilton was hoping to be in the lineup tonight, but I’m not sure how credible that is. I honestly don’t remember where I heard it. But before I heard that tidbit about Hamilton, it had been my impression that Hamilton had pretty much given up on playing for the rest of the season.
Julio Borbon
*Julio Borbon went 3-for-5 with a walk, 2 RBIs and 2 runs scored. He also had another stolen base, making him 16-for-17. I can’t wait to see what he does in his first full season as a lead-off hitter!
*The Rangers scored more runs last night than they did in their last 7 games combined. Wow. I guess that’s what a string of shut-outs will do to you.

David Murphy
*David Murphy went 3-for-4 with 2 walks, 2 RBIs and 2 runs scored. When Josh & Tom interviewed Murph after the game, the first thing he did was give credit to Kevin Millwood for a great game pitched. Aww!

*The Rangers appear to be playing much better now that the playoff pressure is gone. Which is understandable, since we have such a young team without much playoff experience. But a team that doesn’t do well under pressure can’t make it to the playoffs. I don’t really care at this point; it’s just good to see the Rangers playing good baseball again. We can try for the playoffs next year.

Chris Davis
*Chris Davis went 2-for-4 with a walk, including a 2-RBI triple with 2 outs in the 7th! It was his first triple of the year, which makes sense, because triples rarely happen in baseball.
Hank Blalock
*Hank Blalock impressed me again, going 3-for-5 with 2 RBIs and a run scored. Every time I think Hank has completely run out of gas, he steps it up and shows he can still play with the big boys. He still makes his share of errors/bobbles at first base, and he goes through hot and cold streaks at the plate, but he can still come through in a clutch situation. I can remember last year when it seemed like every time Hank came to the plate, he was swinging for the fences. But now, he seems content to get base hits just to keep us in the game. Which is exactly what we need.
Brandon McCarthy
Tonight’s pitching matchup: Brandon McCarthy (7-3) against the A’s Trevor Cahill (9-12). Just looking at the win-loss records, this looks like a lock. But in BMac’s last outing, he only lasted 3 innings, and he gave up 4 runs (3 earned). That was the 2nd game against the A’s in Arlington last week; the 6-1 debacle that I witnessed first hand. He had proved to be solid in his first 2 starts off the DL, but he unfortunately fell apart in that third start. Cahill’s last start was also last week against the Rangers, in which he gave up only one hit over 7 shut-out innings. This will be his 4th start against the Rangers, and he is 2-1 with a 2.70 ERA and a .192 opponent’s batting average in those games. This one will be tricky.

Series loss to the Angels

Friday, September 18: 5-game losing streak
I went to Friday’s game (my third game in a week) with my friend Lindy, who hadn’t been to a Rangers’ game since the last time Pudge played for us. She’s a hockey fan, so she said she would go to a baseall game with me if I would go to a Stars’ game with her during hockey season. Good deal. Tommy Hunter was on the mound, and he’s a hoss, so he could pull out a win for us. After all, he was the last Rangers’ pitcher to get a win, in the first game of the doubleheader against Toronto the previous Sunday. Except he didn’t win.
Andruw Jones
Andruw Jones.jpgRon Washington was doing everything he could think of to stop his team’s downward spiral, including adding a face to the lineup that we hadn’t seen for quite a while: Andruw Jones. But that was a bust, with Jones going 0-for-4. The Rangers were shut out for the 4th time in 5 games, and lost for the 6th time in 7 games. It was their 5th consecutive loss. That’s the biggest losing streak the Rangers have had all season. {Sigh}

Saturday, September 19: Finally, a win!

Hank Blalock
Hank Blalock.jpgThey somehow managed to pull out a win on Saturday against the Angels, with Scooter Feldman back on the mound. The most amazing thing was the Rangers’ ability to score runs again. Wash continued trying to add long-lost faces to the lineup, adding in Hank Blalock at 1st base and moving Chris Davis to 3rd. And Hank came through, hitting a solo home run to break the 2-2 tie and put the Rangers on top for the 3-2 final score.
Frank Francisco 
Frank Francisco.jpgFrankie Frank almost ruined that for us in the top of the 9th inning, with a little help from a bobble at 1st base by Blalock, but Elvis was able to pull off a double play to get everybody out of it and end the game. All the players on the field (and the coaches and everybody else in a Rangers’ uniform) looked so excited to have finally broken the streak!
Sunday, September 20: Nope, just kidding, another loss
Wash decided to test his luck with Blalock back in the lineup on Sunday (yesterday), but it didn’t quite work out. I was apprehensive with Derek Holland heading back out to the mound, but I hoped that the newly awakened Rangers’ bats would make that a moot point. And it was a good game through 5 or 6 innings.

Elvis Andrus

Elvis Andrus2.jpgThe Rangers went up 3-0 in the bottom of the first inning, but the Angels scored 2 runs in the top of the 2nd inning, cutting the lead to one. David Murphy came home on a sacrifice fly in the 3rd inning, bringing the score to 4-2. But the Angels didn’t rest on their laurels. They came right back in the top of the 4th with a solo home run by Juan Rivera to cut the lead back down to one. Then in the 5th, Elvis came home on a single by Marlon Byrd. And we were riding high! 5 runs in one game! Amazing!

But the Angels weren’t through yet. They hit 2 more home runs off of Derek Holland in the top of the 6th inning, (a 2-run shot to tie the score and a solo homer for the go-ahead run), and they lead for the first time that day by a score of 6-5. But it still wasn’t too bad.

Neftali Feliz
Wash pulled Holland and brought in Neftali Feliz. I used to think Feliz could do no wrong. But then, on September 8, Feliz gave up 3 hits (including a home run) and a walk. His next outing, on September 15, he gave up 2 hits, 2 earned runs, and 2 walks. Then on September 18, he gave up another hit and another walk. I know this doesn’t seem like much, but after Neftali’s unbelievable start to major league baseball, it’s a bit disappointing.
Jason Grilli
He got the final out in the 6th inning, then came out to pitch the 7th inning. After getting 2 outs in the top of the 7th, Feliz walked Torii Hunter, then gave up a single to Vladimir Guerrero. Wash pulled him and went with Jason Grilli instead. Great. I’ve had my doubts about Jason Grilli since he came back from the DL and failed to retire the first 5 batters he faced. So now, Grilli was coming into the game with runners on 1st and 2nd, and the Angels were leading 6-5.
Grilli promptly walked the first guy he faced to load the bases. Then he gave up a bases-clearing triple to Howie Kendrick to put the Angels ahead 9-5. That’s a pretty big run defecit to overcome.

The Angels scored once more, on a solo home run by Chone Figgins in the 8th inning. (Supposedly, that’s pronounced like “Shawn.” Yeah, right. Your name’s Chone, dude.) Anyway, that brought the final score to 10-5.

And that brings us up to where we are now. 7 1/2 games out of first place with only 4 games left to play against the Angels. In their ballpark. {Sigh}  

Seriously? Looking back at this losing week

Sorry I didn’t post anything this weekend, but I was too upset. I’m still pretty upset. But blogging has become my way of working through my issues, so here goes nothing!

I went to 3 games in the past week: Saturday’s game against the Mariners (loss), Tuesday’s game against the Oakland A’s (loss), and Friday’s game against the LA Angels (loss). How incredibly frustrating. I just knew that the Rangers would be in a playoff push at this time of the season, so I wanted to make sure that I went to at least one game in every home series that the Rangers were playing in September. But unfortunately, the game I went to on Saturday was the start of a terrible skid in which the Rangers went spinning out of control. I think they’re back on track now, but it’s too late.

Before this losing streak started, the Rangers were coming off a triumphant sweep of the Cleveland Indians, having won all 3 games played in a 19-hour window. You see, the game scheduled for September 7 in Cleveland was rained out, forcing a doubleheader for Tuesday, September 8. The Rangers won both those games, the first game by a margin of 11-9 and the second game by a score of 10-5. The game the next day (Wednesday, September 8) was scheduled for a noon (Eastern) start time, and the Rangers won that one as well, shutting out the Tribe 10-0. We scored 10 runs or more in each of those 3 games! Everyone thought that the Rangers were on a tear that couldn’t be stopped, and that they would use Thursday to rest, then use the 10-day homestand to dominate the AL West.

Friday, September 11 (rain out)
But the first scheduled game of the homestand, Friday September 11 versus the Seattle Mariners, was rained out. Uh-oh. Another doubleheader. Looking at the weather forecast, the Rangers decided to try to squeeze 2 games in on Sunday afternoon. You see, the Rangers are playing the Mariners in Seattle to end the season, so they could have played a make-up game in Seattle, but that would take away our home-team advantage. The Rangers are barely .500 on the road, so they didn’t want to lose any advantage they could get. So they scheduled the second doubleheader in less than a week.

Saturday, September 12 (rainy day loss)
I’ve already talked about my experience of going to the game on Saturday and standing in the rain for an hour and a half but only getting two autographs. So I won’t rant about that again. And I understand that it must have been very frustrating for the players. They’re used to playing a game a day, but this must have thrown off their body clocks terribly. They had an unexpected off day Monday, 3 games in 19 hours, an expected off day Thursday, another unexpected off day Friday, a game Saturday (in the rain), and 2 games Sunday. Plus, no one likes to stand around in the rain. But I did it as a fan, and I even got there early, because I was just hoping to see a little baseball.

David Murphy

Marlon Byrd
Marlon Byrd

The rain was NOT fun, but I stayed through the whole game, and I even stayed through the hour-long rain delay before they finally called the game at around midnight.

Faith (my step-sister) and me
Larry (step-dad) and Faith
It was really cool to see all the Japanese media there hoping to catch Ichiro’s record-breaking 9th season with 900 hits or more. They didn’t get it on Saturday (they saw hits #896 and #897), but they got it during the doubleheader on Sunday.
Ichiro & his fans

Japanese media & fans
When the sky opened up in the bottom of the 9th inning, prompting the rain delay, the Rangers were down 8-3 with runners on 1st and 2nd with no outs. It was unlikely that they would be able to score 5 runs in the bottom of the 9th, but they were trying. {Sigh}
wet field

wet field
last guy running off the field

Sunday, September 13 (doubleheader split)
Tommy Hunter

During the doubleheader on Sunday, Tommy Hunter was the Rangers’ starting pitcher in the first game, and we won. Even though the 12:35 expected start was pushed back to a 5:05 start due to the rain. Yay!
Derek Holland
But the 2nd game starter was Derek Holland. Uh-oh. But even worse was the starting pitcher that Holland was going up against: King Felix. Crap. What was Wash thinking?? So not only did we lose Game 2 of the doubleheader; it was our first shut-out of the streak. We lost 5-0. {Sigh}
Monday, September 14: Feldman’s Folly (loss)
Scott Feldman
On Monday, the Oakland A’s came into town. The last time we played the Oakland A’s, we lost 3 ot of 4 games to them in Oakland. So losing the series to the Mariners was not how we wanted to see the A’s again. And on Monday, we continued not to score any runs, allowing them to shut us out 9-0. With Scott Feldman on the mound! How was that possible?? Scott came into that game having won his last 7 decisions. He was 16-4, with 12 road wins. But he self-destructed in the top of the 6th inning, and he couldn’t get any run support. {Sigh}
Tuesday, September 15: Michael Young psych-out (loss)
I went to Tuesday’s game, and I was able to watch them take batting practice on the field. I also got some autographs (finally!) from Derek Holland, Eddie Guardado, and Julio Borbon. I mean, that was a good omen, right?
batting practice
Derek Holland
And plus, Michael Young decided to come back to the lineup! The Rangers had to win that game! Except they didn’t.
Michael Young
Michael Young
Michael Young
They broke their scoreless streak when David Murphy hit a solo home run, but they still lost the game 6-1. Michael Young got one at-bat (he popped out) before pulling himself from the game. His hamstring wasn’t quite ready yet. {Sigh}
Wednesday, September 16: Swept. At home. By the A’s.
Wednesday, the series finale with the A’s, was the Rangers’ chance to nip the losing streak in the bud and show that they were ready to take on the Angels when they came to town. Except they didn’t. They got swept AND they got shut out again. {Sigh}
Thursday, September 17 (off day)
Thursday was another scheduled off day, and I figured that maybe the Rangers were just tired. We’re right at the end of the season, and they’ve played a lot of games this year. And played them well. They would take this off day to get their heads straight, then come back to sweep the Angels and show that all hope for the playoffs was not lost.

Doubleheader split

After a 4 1/2 hour rain delay, the Rangers finally started their doubleheader against the Seattle Mariners at 5:05 P.M.
Tommy Hunter
Tommy Hunter was our starter in Game 1, and he did a phenomenal job. He pitched a complete game (his first), and he held the Mariners to only 2 runs. Superb! Dominant! Beautiful!
While Tommy Hunter lead Rangers’ defense, the rest of the Rangers’ starters handled the offense. There were 3 home runs in the game:
Chris Davis
a 2-run shot to center field on Green Hill by Chris Davis to give the Rangers a 2-0 lead in the 2nd inning;
 
David Murphy
an opposite-field solo shot by lefty David Murphy to left field in the 5th inning, to bring the score to 5-1;
 
 
Nelson Cruz

and an opposite-field solo shot by righty Nelson Cruz to right field in the 7th inning to make it 7-1 Rangers.

 

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Derek Holland

So after a triumphant first game, the Rangers were hoping to get the 4th doubleheader sweep of the year. And I thought that they had a good chance of continuing the good feelings from the first game in the doubleheader and salvage our spot in the standings by at least winning the series against Seattle. But then I heard that Derek Holland was going to be the starting pitcher in Game 2, against Felix Hernandez, a.k.a. “King Felix.” Uh oh.
Holland allowed 8 hits and 2 walks for a total of 5 earned runs in his 6 innings on the mound. Which still wouldn’t have been insurmountable if the Rangers’ bats hadn’t gone to sleep after the first game. The Rangers got shut out 5-0 in the game.