Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Rangers Lose, 7-8 in 11th

Glass Half Empty / Afternoon Cloud:
Harrison gave up 5 earned in 4 innings pitched.

Feldman gave up 2 ER in 1 and 2/3's innings pitched.

C.J. Wilson was hot then cold. He got the last two outs of the 10th, then in the 11th he walks the lead off man that would eventually score the game losing run.

Rangers bullpen is so shaky and its bench so short that O'Day, picked up on waivers earlier today after the Mets released him, comes in wearing Gabbard's jersey to give up the game losing hit.

Silver Lining:
Rangers get more timely hitting, this time in the top of the 9th where they score 3 to tie the game 7-7 and force extra innings, helping overcome poor starting (Harrison) and long relief (Feldman) pitching.

Salty gets a hit and 2 RBI, maybe the beginning of the end of his early season slump.

In relief (after Harrison and Feldman) young pitcher Holland goes 2 and 1/3 innings for no runs, 3 hits, no walks and 2 strike outs. Good big league debut.

Michael Young hit the tying homer in the bottom of 9, showing he's still the leader of this ball club.

Thoughts / Observations / Sidenote(s):
The shaky staff hurts the Rangers, again, and they still almost win it. Holland hopefully will help.

Given how well Holland did, are there any more arms from the farm teams that can be called up to lend a hand in the bullpen?


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