Sunday, August 5, 2012

Rangers Lose Finale Versus KC; Multiple Blown Chances

Glass Half Empty / Afternoon Cloud: Looking at the box score Elvis had an OK to good game.  But, in the top of the 7th Olt was on third and Elvis was on second with no outs and Young at the plate.  Young singled and of course Olt scored.  Elvis ran through third base coach Dave Anderson's stop sign and was thrown out at home by a country mile.  Again that was the first out of the inning.  Few batters later Nellie had a deep flyout for the last out of the inning that would have scored Elvis easily had he been on third where he was supposed to be.

Then in the top the 9th with Olt on 3rd and no outs Elvis couldn't get the bat on the ball for a bunt suicide squeeze and Olt is out.  The pitch was low, away and in the dirt so it was hard to get the bat on the ball.

Elvis leaves the game and and in the 10th Alberto Gonzalez comes in and commits an error.  Next batter, Olt commits a throwing error, winning run scores.

Oh yeah, Holland didn't look good either.

 Glass Half Full / Silver Lining: Beltre broke out of his hitting slump with RISP.  Josh hit and scored and Olt is continuing to impress at the plate.

Thoughts / Observations / Sidenotes: This one got away.  Period.  Way too many chances that the Rangers let slip away.

4 comment(s) regarding this post:

Anonymous,  August 5, 2012 at 8:41 PM  

if rangers play like this they lose in the first round or don't even make the playoffs

jeffreyevanfischer August 5, 2012 at 11:16 PM  

Good synopsis - what is that I hear about Oswalt now acting up? Of course, Washington has some splann'ing to do with this one - no Beltre at 3rd turns to a big error, and a big screw-up (by Olt - in the field).

Anonymous,  August 6, 2012 at 4:20 PM  

Two bonehead decisions - One by Andrus when he tried to score with no outs (that's where it also looked like he hurt his shoulder) and Wash calling a squeeze with no outs.

JG August 6, 2012 at 6:51 PM  

Olt leaving the bases loaded hurt too. Also, I didn't know about Oswalt taking himself out of the game yesterday. I wonder how well the team would do if all the players could just tell Wash when they felt like playing and when they didn't. Maybe Oz should tell Wash he'll only pitch if he's starting, otherwise he's out of gas.

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