Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Rangers Lose to Spankees Again, 3-0

Glass Half Empty / Afternoon Cloud:  I know hindsight is 20/20 but, Harrison was in a pitching duel with Kuroda.  Harry was at 106 pitches, had only given up 5 hits through 6.1 IP, he still looked like he had good stuff and still had a shutout going.  And the Spankees had 2 switch hitters due up in Texiera and Swisher so there was no match up (lefty vs. lefty for example) that you were going for. But, Wash pulled Harry and Ogando gave up 2 homers for 3 runs.  Ballgame.

Glass Half Full / Silver Lining: Harry looked good (and in my opinion at the time should have been left in to finish his pitching duel with Kuroda).

Tanner Scheppers looked great in relief even with the ump not giving him pitches that were well within the strike zone.

Thoughts / Observations / Sidenotes: To go on even more, with the way the game was going for the Rangers at the plate why doesn't Wash leave Harrison in so long as he keeps his own shutout going?

But, bottom line is that the Rangers aren't going to win too many ballgames when they can only manage 2 hits (the first one in the 7th inning).


Rangers Lose to Spankees 8-2

Glass Half Empty / Afternoon Cloud: Dempster giving up 5 runs in the 3rd inning was not good.

Kins got picked off at 2nd and Elvis got picked off at 3rd in the game.  Those are essentially free outs they're giving the other team and at the same time they're taking themselves out of scoring position.

Rangers sure seem to get picked off a lot more often than Rangers pick off opposing base runners.

Glass Half Full / Silver Lining: Murph, Hamilton and Nellie continue to produce at the plate.

And it was one bad inning by Dempster in the 3rd, he looked great (perfect) before the 3rd inning and after the 3rd he was good to OK with 6 IP.  Hopefully the 3rd is just an bump in the road.

Thoughts / Observations / Sidenotes: I had sure hoped that the last start from Dempster before this one would be indicative of what we could expect from him going forward.  Again, I hope the 3rd inning was just an anomaly for Dempster.

It's a long, 4 game series.  Let's hope Harry can step up tomorrow and have a strong outing.


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