Toronto’s Marcum & Guzman Surprise & Lead Team To Wins In Texas

September 29: Texas 8, Toronto 6

Poor Dave Stieb got hammered all year, and it wasn’t any different in his final start. Julio Franco launched a three-run dong against him in the second inning, and after Stieb allowed singles to the first three hitters in the third inning, his season was done. Duane Ward came on in relief and didn’t give up a run of his own, but all three inherited runners came around to score.

                  R  H BB
TOR 010 004 100 - 6  9  3
TEX 033 020 00x - 8 13  1

HR: J. Bautista (24), E. Whitt (12),
F. Howard (19), J. Franco (15)

starters      IP  R ER HR BB SO
D. Stieb     2.0  6  6  1  0  0  
F. Jenkins   6.1  4  4  0  2  4 

TOR 72-88, TEX 77-83

September 30: Toronto 2, Texas 1 (13 innings)

Shaun Marcum and Charlie Hough put on one of the most out-of-nowhere pitchers duels of the season. Marcum was laser sharp, striking out 11, walking zero, and allowing three hits and one run in nine innings. It was a dominant performance, but an Ivan Rodriguez homer kept the score tied after Marcum was done.

Hough put on a fair amount of runners, but his flutter balls vexed the Blue Jays hitters enough to limit them to one run in the first 12 innings. Devon White managed to tag Hough for a solo homer in the fifth inning.

Rubber-armed Charlie was still going in the top of the 13th when the Jays managed to bunch up enough safeties to finally break the 1-1 tie: Tony Fernandez singled, Lloyd Moseby took a walk, and Jose Bautista singled in Fernandez.

Tom Henke, Ward, Scott Downs, and Mark Eicchorn each threw a scoreless inning for Toronto.

                        R  H BB
TOR 000 010 000 000 1 - 2 10  4
TEX 001 000 000 000 0 - 1  3  0
HR: D. White (3), I. Rodriguez (13)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
S. Marcum   9.0  1  1  1  0 11  
C. Hough   12.2  2  2  1  3  7 

TOR 73-88, TEX 77-84

guzman1October 1: Toronto 9, Texas 2

Juan Guzman closed out the Jays season with a surprisingly effective start. Despite walking seven, Guzman gave up just two in a complete game.

Ernie Whitt went massive with a single, two dingers, and three RBI.

Texas finishes the year in third place and Toronto in fourth.

                  R  H BB
TOR 110 203 002 - 9 11  5
TEX 000 110 000 - 2  5  7
HR: E. Whitt-2 (14)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
J. Guzman   9.0  2  2  0  7  5  
G. Perry    6.0  7  4  2  3  3 

TOR 74-88, TEX 77-85

 

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Texas Win Streak and Anaheim Loss Streak Both Continue in Two Game Set

September 25: Texas 1, Anaheim 0

Dean Chance and Gerald Perry took control of the game and didn’t allow either offense to make much noise. Josh Hamilton singled in the bottom of the fourth, stole second, and was driven in by Rafael Palmeiro to score the one run.

                  R H BB
ANA 000 000 000 - 0 3  1
TEX 000 100 00x - 1 8  2

HR: none

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
D. Chance   8.0  1  1  0  2  3  
G. Perry    9.0  0  0  0  1  5 

ANA 65-93, TEX 75-83

howardSeptember 27: Texas 8, Anaheim 7

Then the offenses took over the next day in a back-and-forth affair. Jered Weaver closed out an excellent season with a terrible start.

But Mike Trout and Jim Fregosi powered Anaheim to stick with Texas. Trout collected a single, double, and homer, and Fregosi went 4-for-4 with two dingers. Fregosi’s two-run shot in the eighth put the Halos up by a run.

Troy Percival has been mostly untouchable all year, and he got two quick outs in the bottom of the ninth still holding that one-run lead for Anaheim. But Josh Hamilton took a walk and Frank Howard followed with a walk-off tater to claim Texas’s sixth straight victory and hand Anaheim their eighth straight loss.

                  R  H BB
ANA 010 201 120 - 7 10  4
TEX 030 020 102 - 8  8  6
HR: M. Trout (14), J. Fregosi-2 (14), F. Howard (18)

starters      IP  R ER HR BB SO
J. Weaver    7.0  6  6  1  5  2  
J. Matlack   6.0  4  4  1  3  4 

ANA 65-94, TEX 76-83

Texas Serves Seattle With a Costly Sweep, Jenkins & Hough Toss Shutouts

September 22: Texas 1, Seattle 0

One weakness of the mostly strong Seattle starting rotation is durability. Randy Johnson had to sit this one out in order to save his remaining innings for a crucial game coming up against the Royals. Mark Langston filled in with a great spot start of eight innings, one run allowed, and 10 strikeouts. But Fergie Jenkins was even better for Texas and shutout the Mariners.

                  R H BB
SEA 000 000 000 - 0 6  5
TEX 001 000 00x - 1 5  3
HR: none

starters      IP  R ER HR BB SO
M. Langston  8.0  1  1  0  3 10  
F. Jenkins   9.0  0  0  0  5  9 

SEA 81-74, TEX 72-83

houghSeptember 23: Texas 4, Seattle 0

The Seattle bats again failed to show up the next day, and Charlie Hough threw a two-hitter and made it back-to-back shutouts for the Rangers. Three Texans took Erik Hanson deep.

                  R H BB
SEA 000 000 000 - 0 2  2
TEX 300 010 00x - 4 7  4

HR: A. Oliver (6), A. Rodriguez-TEX (39),
R. Palmeiro (24)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
E. Hanson   5.0  4  4  3  3  2  
C. Hough    9.0  0  0  0  2  8 

SEA 81-75, TEX 73-83

September 24: Texas 4, Seattle 3

After 23 straight scoreless innings, the Mariners finally dented the scoreboard with a two run A-Rod homer in the sixth that tied the game. A Kyle Seager solo shot gave them a one-run lead in the top of the seventh, but Texas answered right back with a tying tally in the bottom of the seventh.

That was still the sitch in the bottom of the ninth with Jeff Nelson on the hill. Al Oliver, Rusty Greer, and A-Rod hit consecutive singles to score the walk-off winner for the sweep. Greer reached safely in all five of his plate appearances with a reach on error, walk, two singles, and a double.

The Mariners fell 1.5 games behind Kansas City, who they now host for three colossal games. A Kansas City sweep would lock up the division, but any other result will mean the division will be decided in the final three days of the season.

                  R  H BB
SEA 000 002 100 - 3  7  8
TEX 000 020 101 - 4 12  3
HR: A. Rodriguez-SEA (28), K. Seager (19)

starters      IP  R ER HR BB SO
F. Garcia    4.2  2  2  0  2  0  
Y. Darvish   6.0  2  2  1  6  5 

SEA 81-76, TEX 74-83

Seattle Splits 4 Game Set With Texas, Is 1/2 Game Out of First

a-rodSeptember 18: Seattle 1, Texas 0 (11 innings)

It didn’t look to be a marquee pitching match-up with Charlie Hough and Erik Hanson toeing the rubber, but they turned in a marquee duel. Hanson tossed eight shutout frames while giving up three hits. Hough pitched the whole shebang for Texas, and gave up just three hits in his 10.1 innings. It was still scoreless in the bottom of the 11th when Seattle’s Alex Rodriguez sent a rocket to the seats to walk off a thriller.

The loss officially ended Texas’s chance for the division title.

                     R H BB
TEX 000 000 000 00 - 0 5  2
SEA 000 000 000 01 - 1 3  4

HR: A. Rodriguez-SEA (27)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
C. Hough   10.1  1  1  1  4  8  
E. Hanson   8.0  0  0  0  2  8 

TEX 69-82, SEA 80-71

September 19: Texas 6, Seattle 0

Yu Darvish was filthy for Texas and whiffed 12 while throwing eight shutout innings. Every Ranger got a hit, and Julio Franco and Toby Harrah both reached safely four times.

                  R  H BB
TEX 020 001 120 - 6 13  5
SEA 000 000 000 - 0  7  3

HR: R. Greer (8), F. Howard (16)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
Y. Darvish  8.0  0  0  0  3 12  
F. Garcia   6.0  3  3  1  2  3 

TEX 70-82, SEA 80-72

September 20: Seattle 5, Texas 3

Felix Hernandez made his fifth straight decent or better start, a supremely encouraging development for Seattle as they wrestle with Kansas City to the season’s conclusion. After this victory, Seattle and Kansas City held identical 81-72 records.

Nelson Cruz played his 22nd game of the season and drilled his eighth and ninth home runs.

                  R  H BB
TEX 000 000 201 - 3  6  3
SEA 300 002 00x - 5 10  2

HR: A. Rodriguez-TEX (38), N. Cruz-2 (9),
A. Davis (17)

starters       IP  R ER HR BB SO
G. Perry      5.0  5  5  3  2  1  
F. Hernandez  8.0  3  3  1  3  5 

TEX 70-83, SEA 81-72

September 21: Texas 8, Seattle 4

About the only way the Rangers will hurt you is with the home run, and Frank Howard, Adrian Beltre, and Mike Hargrove all went pachinko in this one.

This one did look to be a marquee pitching matchup between Nolan Ryan and Jamie Moyer, pitchers with two of the best ERAs in the Expansion Division, but only Ryan lived up to the promise. In his last start of the year, Ryan gave up zero earned runs and whiffed eight. His final season line is rather good: 28 games, 194 innings, 3.29 ERA, 1.3 HR/9, 4.9 BB/9, and 9.9 SO/9.

Moyer got bonked for six runs in five innings, and Ryan took over Moyer’s spot for the best ERA in the Expansion at 3.29 compared to Moyer’s 3.30.

The teams now head to Arlington for a three-game series.

                  R  H BB
TEX 302 010 020 - 8 12  3
SEA 000 030 001 - 4  4  3

HR: F. Howard (17), A. Beltre (20),
M. Hargrove (10), R. Cano (15)

starters    IP  R ER HR BB SO
N. Ryan    4.2  3  0  0  3  8  
J. Moyer   5.0  6  5  2  0  2 

TEX 71-83, SEA 81-73

Baltimore Weathers Late Texas Rallies To Earn Sweep

george-sislerSeptember 15: Baltimore 6, Texas 4

Ken Singleton began the series with a lead-off homer. George Sisler added another dinger in the second inning, and finished the game a double short of the cycle. The Rangers got the tying run to the plate in the bottom of the 9th, but Mike Hargrove flied out.

                  R  H BB
BAL 230 000 100 - 6 12  1
TEX 000 000 202 - 4  8  2

HR: K. Singleton (10), G. Sisler (9)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
H. Howell   8.2  4  4  0  2  4  
G. Perry    7.0  6  6  2  1  4 

BAL 78-70, TEX 69-79

September 16: Baltimore 5, Texas 3

Sisler came up huge again in this one. He thumped two triples, scored two, and drove in two. Baby Doll Jacobson was another star of the game for Baltimore with two singles, a triple, and two steaks.

Frank Howard came up in the bottom of the ninth representing the go-ahead run, but grounded out.

Texas’s Nolan Ryan became the second (and possibly last) pitcher to reach 200 strikeouts for the season.

                  R  H BB
BAL 001 020 002 - 5  9  6
TEX 001 000 002 - 3 10  1
HR: E. Murray (17)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
L. Stewart  8.2  3  3  0  1  6  
N. Ryan     6.0  3  3  1  5  6 

BAL 79-70, TEX 69-80

September 17: Baltimore 4, Texas 3

Manny Machado was the hitting hero for the Birds in the finale and collected two singles and a homer on his way to scoring three runs.

For the third straight game, Texas rallied, threatened, and fell short in the bottom of the ninth. Juan Gonzalez was up and could have walked off a win for Texas but Darren O’Day struck him out.

Baltimore has demolished the Expansion Division all season to the tune of a 26-7 record. But their 54-63 record inside their own division has severely hampered their chances at the division crown. They sit 8.5 games back with only 12 left to play.

                  R  H BB
BAL 000 010 102 - 4 11  3
TEX 000 002 001 - 3 10  4

HR: M. Machado (4)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
E. Bedard   5.2  2  1  0  4  6  
F. Jenkins  6.2  2  2  1  3  5 

BAL 80-70, TEX 69-81

Toronto Recovers From Blow Out Loss to Take Series vs. Rangers; Halladay Throws First Shutout

September 12: Texas 14, Toronto 3

Dave Stieb had an afternoon to forget amidst a season he’d like to forget. He faced just eight batters, only one of which he retired, and Rusty Greer, Alex Rodriguez, and Julio Franco all took him yard as the Rangers piled up seven runs in the first. Juan Guzman also got lit up in four innings of relief. Greer bombed two more homers and Jim Sundberg even joined the fun with his first dinger of the year.

                   R  H BB
TEX 713 030 000 - 14 15  4
TOR 101 000 100 -  3  6  1

HR: R. Greer-3 (7), A. Rodriguez (37),
J. Franco (14), J. Sundberg (1)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
F. Jenkins  8.0  3  3  0  1  4  
D. Stieb    0.1  7  7  3  1  1 

TEX 69-76, TOR 64-81

September 13: Toronto 5, Texas 4

Game two was a much tighter affair. Charlie Hough gutted out 6.2 innings for Texas despite not being able to locate the strike zone. Shaun Marcum battled for Toronto through seven innings and handed a one-run lead to Tom Henke, who threw two perfect innings.

                  R H BB
TEX 300 001 000 - 4 8  2
TOR 012 010 10x - 5 8  9

HR: J. Hamilton (21)

starters    IP  R ER HR BB SO
C. Hough   6.2  5  5  0  9  5  
S. Marcum  7.0  4  4  1  2  5 

TEX 69-77, TOR 65-81

halladaySeptember 14: Toronto 5, Texas 0

It’s been a frustrating season for Roy Halladay, who sports a good 4.06 FIP but has not gotten good results most of the time. Not so in this, his 29th start of the year, though. He bobbed and weaved around 11 Texas base-runners to record his first shutout. His 1.8 walks per nine innings leads the league.

Fred McGriff and Shawn Green ambushed Yu Darvish with home runs in the first inning that tallied all five runs in the contest.

                  R H BB
TEX 000 000 000 - 0 9  2
TOR 500 000 00x - 5 6  6
HR: F. McGriff (22), S. Green (25)

starters      IP  R ER HR BB SO
Y. Darvish   3.0  5  5  2  4  3  
R. Halladay  9.0  0  0  0  2  5 

TEX 69-78, TOR 66-81

Texas Completes Season-Long Domination of Houston With Sweep

September 9: Texas 5, Houston 3

The dingers were a-flyin’ in the opening game. Texas drilled four of them, including two from A-Rod that pulled him back into a tie for the league lead with Lou Gehrig.

                  R H BB
TEX 102 101 000 - 5 6  1
HOU 000 201 000 - 3 5  2

HR: J. Franco (13), F. Howard (15), A. Rodriguez-2 (36),
J. Bagwell (28), C. Correa (4)

starters      IP  R ER HR BB SO
Y. Darvish   7.0  3  3  2  2  5  
M. Cuellar   3.0  4  4  3  0  2 

TEX 66-76, HOU 59-83

September 10: Texas 5, Houston 1

The ball mostly stayed in the yard in this one, but it still resulted in a win for the visiting Rangers. They got a lot of their offense from their eight and nine hitters Toby Harrah (3-for-4 with a double) and Marlon Byrd (2-for-4 with the game’s only dinger).

Gaylord Perry followed up his first shutout of the year with a complete game, one-run allowed, zero walks, nine strikeout gem.

                  R H BB
TEX 000 400 100 - 5 9  5
HOU 000 100 000 - 1 7  0

HR: M. Byrd (2)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
G. Perry    9.0  1  1  0  0  9  
N. Ryan     6.0  5  5  0  4  5 

TEX 67-76, HOU 59-84

hamilton

September 11: Texas 4, Houston 3 (14 innings)

The two Texan teams finished off their season series with a marathon doozy that ended in the usual Rangers victory. The Astros will be happy not to see the Rangers again this season–the Rangers were 18-5 in their games together.

All of Houston’s runs came on a three-run blast from Lance Berkman that put the ‘Stros up 3-2. Adrian Beltre tied it up with a dong in the seventh, after which the teams played seven scoreless innings. Rangers relievers Alexi Ogando, Francisco Cordero, Neftali Feliz, and Jeff Zimmerman combined for nine shutout innings out of the Texas ‘pen.

The Houston relievers were sharp too, but Josh Hamilton led off the top of the 14th with a tater off Larry Anderson. Hamilton is quietly putting together a nice season and has a .354 wOBA.

The Astros have fallen apart, losing 15 of their last 17, and are close to becoming the first team officially eliminated from the pennant chase.

The Rangers are still on the fringes of the chase. They are 9.5 games out of first, but they do have seven games remaining against first place Seattle. Unfortunately for Texas, Nolan Ryan and Yu Darvish don’t have a lot of innings left in the tank for the team’s remaining 18 games.

                         R  H BB
TEX 010 100 100 000 01 - 4 10  2
HOU 000 003 000 000 00 - 3  9  5
HR: J. Hamilton (20), A. Beltre (19),
L. Berkman (32)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
N. Ryan     5.0  3  2  1  4  5  
R. Oswalt   6.2  3  2  1  1  2 

TEX 68-76, HOU 59-85