Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Live blogging: Rubber Game Versus Phillies

[If you happen upon this during the game, refresh this page every once in a while to see new posts.]

Rangers win 4-3.  Two nights in a row the Rangers win in the bottom of 9.  Wow.  After the Rangers offense does very little most of the game, the Rangers win in appropriate fashion: Choo drawing a walk with the bases loaded to win the game.  I'll take it.

Yeah, I know it's early but, that was a big win.

And thanks to you guys for the great comments.

Bottom of 9:
Hopefully Papelbon is not that good.  Or the Rangers offense wakes up.  Or both.

Lead off 2 strike single by Beltre.  So you're saying we have a chance.  6th hit of the night for the Rangers.

Double by Moreland.  Beltre just cannot run like he used to and couldn't score on the double.  Runners on 2B and 3B, 1 out.  Adduci can be a hero.

Nubber down the 3B line scores Beltre.  Adduci beats the throw to 1B.  Runners at the corners, 1 out.

By the way, Papelbon has "small mouth."

Martin base hit up the middle, scores Aducci.  Tied game.  Wow.

Now Donnie Murphy can be a hero.  Lots of chin music by Papelbon.

Papelbon walked Murphy.

Choo is up.  Bases loaded.  Now Choo can be a hero.  Choo draws the walk.  Winning run walked in.  Rangers win.  Wow.

Top of 9:
Rosin is still in. (I fixed the innings, somehow got it messed up in the 6th inning.)

Rosin pitches a 3 up 3 down inning.

Rangers have 3 more outs.

Bottom of 8:
Nothing.  No runs.  3-1 Phillies.  Still.

Top of 8:
Rookie Seth Rosin in to pitch.  Please let him pitch as well as he did on opening day.  OK Rosin got them out of that.  6 more outs for the Rangers on offense.

Bottom of 7:
Rangers offense been bad all night.  And of course no runs.  Again, how many games are you going to win putting up zero runs?

Moreland with a 1 out triple?!?!  Yup.

2 out single by Leonys Martin, scores Moreland.  Rangers trail 3-1.  Phillies leaving in Kendrick.  Choice popped out to shallow right.  4 hits all night.  1 run.  That's not going to cut it.

Top of 7:
Tolleson gets the first out in the top of the inning and now it's time time to see (gulp) if Pedro Figueroa can start to fix his ERA from his first appearance (21.60 ERA, is that bad?).  Is it bad to walk the first batter you face on 4 pitches?  I'm pretty sure it's not good. 5 straight balls and counting.  It's a miracle, pitch number 6 is a strike.  And pitch number 7 is a screamer to Prince for a double play to end the inning.  It's an adventure.

Bottom of 6:
All Choo does is get on base when he leads off an inning.  I will take it, even if he reached on an error.  @Joe Mama: Choo Choo! (OK, I regret writing that but won't delete it.)  Rangers waste Choo leading off and again getting on base.  REALLY, REALLY, REALLY would like some offense out the Rangers.

Top of 6:
Yup Robbie Ross is done.  Tolleson is in.

Man, Beltre is just amazing at 3B.  He makes amazingly difficult defensive plays at 3B seemingly every game.  And probably makes it look too easy for us to appreciate how great he is as a defensive player.

OK, no harm done.  Really, really, really need some offense.  Preferably 4 runs or more.

Bottom of 5:
Rangers again put up no runs.  Only 3 hits by the Rangers' offense all night long to this point.  Crap.  They're making Kendrick look like a Cy Young contender.

Top of 5:
Robbie Ross has pitched OK to good, but at this point it doesn't look like he'll get through this inning.  Lead off hit.  Here we go.

And Mr. Robbie Ross gets out of the 5th without allowing any more harm.  How much you want a bet he's done for the game?

And another question, how many games are you going to win scoring zero runs?

Bottom of 4:
Rangers threaten but get no one across the plate.

Top of 4:
Phillies keep on getting on base.  But no harm done this time.  Really wish they had not wasted that chance in the bottom of the 1st.

Bottom of 3:
Watching the ESPN broadcast, little change up from listening to and watching the local guys.  But ESPN has to roll out Seahawks QB Russell Wilson.  Enough already, we get it.  He was drafted by the Rangers for some cheap PR.  93 games in the minors a while ago, .229 BA.

Oh by the way ESPN, the Rangers again did nothing on offense.

Top of 3:
Ryan Howard goes yard, 2 run homer. 3-0 Phillies.  Damn.

Bottom of 2:
Rangers do nothing on offense.

Top of 2:
Nice double play ball to get out of trouble with no damage done.

Bottom of 1:
How good is Choo? Fought off some 2 strike pitches and got a base hit.

And then Elvis moves him over and with the throwing error, runners on 2B and 3B with no outs, brilliant.

Why wasn't Choo running on contact? Curse of Kinsler? Curse of Kolan?

Runners on 2B and 3B with no outs. What a waste if  they don't score at least one run. Waste complete. No runs scored. Damn. 

Top of 1:
Phillies score a run on an error.  Curse of Kolan (Kinsler + Nolan)?

18 comment(s) regarding this post:

Joe Mama,  April 2, 2014 at 8:29 PM  

Sad that the Rangers have more super bowl winning QBs than the Cowboys

JG April 2, 2014 at 8:34 PM  

True Joe Mama, so true. And so sad.

jeffreyevanfischer April 2, 2014 at 8:44 PM  

You can win many games scoring 0 runs - so long as the other team forfeits I suppose. What is a JP Arcenibia?

JG April 2, 2014 at 8:47 PM  

Apparently a JP Arcenibia is not genus and species of a spider but a catcher for your Texas Rangers.

jeffreyevanfischer April 2, 2014 at 8:49 PM  

why are the announcers continually yammering on about the Phil's Center Fielder?

Joe Mama,  April 2, 2014 at 9:02 PM  

Are you sure Arencibia isn't the villisn from the next spiderman movie?

Joe Mama,  April 2, 2014 at 9:05 PM  

Am I the only one who makes train noises when Choo gets on base?

jeffreyevanfischer April 2, 2014 at 9:34 PM  

How did that fan right fielder catch that ball? What happened to the long ball?

jeffreyevanfischer April 2, 2014 at 9:36 PM  

sorry I meant "Fat" - the right fielder for Philadelphia a big fat tub of goo.

jeffreyevanfischer April 2, 2014 at 9:44 PM  

I think our Lead Blogger is ahead of the innings by one - but it doesn't matter, what matters is that we don't score consistently - and this must change (yes, an early panic) - but one I am concerned about.

jeffreyevanfischer April 2, 2014 at 10:03 PM  

That was ridiculous by Rios - make them throw a strike

jeffreyevanfischer April 2, 2014 at 10:08 PM  

Again, Aducci is fast. Very. He's Gentry Fast.

jeffreyevanfischer April 2, 2014 at 10:13 PM  

Best way to win a game. No hit required! Love it. Great, Great, Great Win!

jeffreyevanfischer April 2, 2014 at 10:17 PM  

MVP for The Rangers was clearly Papelbon. Or was it Papillon, the really crappy Steve McQueen movie from the early 70's. One of the two.

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