Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Rangers Beat Division Leading M's 6-5

Glass Half Empty / Afternoon Cloud:
Murphy got caught stealing in the 8th. Not sure if it was the best time to try it.

Millwood got rocked in the 5th giving up 4 runs.

Silver Lining:
Crash Davis hit the game winning homer with Murphy on board (he had singled just earlier).

Rangers' bats got to the M's ace scoring 2 runs in each of his last 3 IP, also handing him his first loss of the season.

Rangers continued to be aggressive on the bases, though this time they were caught.

Elvis made an amazing play at short, diving to his right he snagged a grounder that was almost past him, gathered himself on one knee on the outfield grass and threw out the runner at first in the 9th inning on an extremely close play (he looked safe to me but, it was still a great, close play by Elvis, plus the baserunner for the the M's didn't sell it, the baserunner immediatly looked at the ump after reaching first, looking for the "safe" call, maybe making the ump more likely to call him out).

Millwood pitched 4 perfect innings to start the game before giving up 4 runs in the 5th. After the 5th he settled down, giving up just one more run, and pitched 8 1/3 innings for the win.

Francisco registered another save. ERA for the year: 0.00.

Thoughts / Observations / Sidenote(s):
I know Crash Davis went yard but he again had a multiple strike out game and in the process left 3 on. He doesn't walk, seemingly ever, strikes out often and is batting about .200.

True to their rhetoric the Rangers did not yank Millwood at the first sign of trouble in the 5th. Of course he is their ace. 

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