Detroit Takes Bite Out Of Texas

cash2July 25: Detroit 11, Texas 5

The Tigers put a quick beat-down on Gaylord Perry. Norm Cash knocked him out of the box with a three run shot in the fifth inning. Al Kaline swatted four hits with a dinger.

                   R  H BB
TEX 000 030 200 -  5 12  1
DET 201 330 02x - 11 16  3

HR: J. Hamilton (10), N. Cash (13),
C. Gehringer (5), A. Kaline (7)

starters   IP  R ER HR BB SO
G. Perry  4.1  9  6  1  2  1  
G. Uhle   7.0  5  5  1  1  4 

TEX 43-55, DET 46-51

July 26: Detroit 6, Texas 1

It was all Detroit in game two as well. Alan Trammell had a rare noisy day at bat with a walk, single, and two doubles. Tommy Bridges was on point in a complete game.

                  R  H BB
TEX 000 001 000 - 1  8  2
DET 200 200 11x - 6 14  5

HR: none

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
J. Matlack  7.0  5  5  0  4  1  
T. Bridges  9.0  1  1  0  2  2 

TEX 43-56, DET 47-51

July 27: Texas 10, Detroit 6

The Rangers broke out the lumber to salvage the finale. Six different Texans had multiple hits, led by Al Oliver with four. Ferguson Jenkins’ final line wasn’t overly impressive, but he had allowed just one earned run through 8.1 innings before Cash drilled a three-run bomb against him. Cash also collected a walk, single, and triple in the contest. Cash has homered in three straight and beefed up his wOBA to .402.

The teams split their six contests for the season.

                   R  H BB
TEX 122 000 212 - 10 17  2
DET 120 000 003 -  6 12  3

HR: M. Hargrove (6), A. Oliver (3),
A. Rodriguez (21), N. Cash (14)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
F. Jenkins  8.1  6  4  1  3  2  
B. Donovan  3.0  5  5  2  0  1 

TEX 44-56, DET 47-52

Jenkins & Hough Shutout Anaheim To Claim Series For Texas

July 22: Texas 1, Anaheim 0

Texas and Anaheim are two of the lowest scoring teams in the league, but still, no one expects an elite pitchers duel when Fergie Jenkins and Kelvim Escobar square off. But both hurlers are in the Rhubarb for a reason, and they put on one of the best duels of the season. Both pitched nine innings, gave up three walks, and three singles, and zero earned runs. It was all goose eggs in the top of the ninth when Angels second baseman Bobby Grich made a critical error that allowed Al Oliver to advance to second and Alex Rodriguez to reach safely. Rusty Greer singled home Oliver for the only run of the game.

“I feel terrible letting down Kelvim on a day when he pitches like that,” said a forlorn Grich after the game. “That’s baseball,” said Escobar.

For Jenkins, it was second shutout of the season, the first coming just two starts ago.

                  R H BB
TEX 000 000 001 - 1 3  3
ANA 000 000 000 - 0 3  3

HR: none

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
F. Jenkins  9.0  0  0  0  3  7  
K. Escobar  9.0  1  0  0  3  5 

TEX 42-53, ANA 35-60

houghJuly 23: Texas 7, Anaheim 0

The Angels bats remained in deep freeze the next day against Charlie Hough’s dancin’ knucklers. They did draw six walks, but with two singles being their only hits, it was another lousy day for Anaheim. It was Hough’s first shutout.

Anaheim was still yet to collect an extra base hit or score a run in the series. It was the first time the Angels were shutout in back-to-back games and the first time the Rangers recorded consecutive shutouts.

Backup second baseman Ian Kinsler provided surprising pop in the ninth spot for Texas, drilling two homers, a single, and collecting five RBI.

                  R  H BB
TEX 002 050 000 - 7 10  5
ANA 000 000 000 - 0  2  6

HR: I. Kinsler-2 (3)

starters    IP  R ER HR BB SO
C. Hough   9.0  0  0  0  6  3  
F. Tanana  4.1  7  4  2  2  5 

TEX 43-53, ANA 35-61

July 24: Anaheim 10, Texas 5

It turned out Anaheim was just saving all their offense for the last game. They didn’t waste time bum-rushing a wild Yu Darvish, who walked five in the first inning. Then Brian Downing and Mike Trout went back-to-back donging to start the second inning, and Darvish whirled his way to the showers.

                   R  H BB
TEX 000 401 000 -  5  9  5
ANA 520 100 02x - 10 12  5

HR: R. Greer (4), B. Downing (7), M. Trout (9)

starters         IP  R ER HR BB SO
Y. Darvish      1.0  7  5  2  5  1  
A. Messersmith  6.1  5  5  1  5  4 

TEX 43-54, ANA 36-61

Toronto Tries To Get Back On Track With Series Win In Texas

020210-Roberto-Alomar-11July 19: Toronto 4, Texas 2 (10 innings)

With Roy Halladay’s innings count creeping a little too high, Shaun Marcum made a spot start in his stead. Marcum drew a tough opponent in a particularly nasty Yu Darvish who recorded a season high 13 strikeouts, but Marcum traded zeroes with Darvish for the first six and a half innings. Texas finally opened the scoring in the bottom of the seventh on hits from A-Rod, I-Rod, and Mike Hargrove (M-Har?).

But then Darvish faltered in the top of the eighth when Jose Bautista and Fred McGriff drew back-to-back walks. Jon Wetteland relieved Darvish, and proceeded to walk the next two batters as well to force in Toronto’s first run. An RBI groundout by Shannon Stewart then tied the game, and Toronto put across the winning runs in the top of the 10th against Francisco Cordero. Carlos Delgado started things with a HBP, Lloyd Moseby doubled, and Roberto Alomar drove them both in with a single.

                    R H BB
TOR 000 000 020 2 - 4 7 10
TEX 000 000 200 0 - 2 6  2

HR: none

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
S. Marcum   6.2  2  2  0  2  2  
Y. Darvish  7.1  2  2  0  5 13 

TOR 41-51, TEX 40-52

July 20: Toronto 5, Texas 1

Jimmy Key was wheelin’ and dealin’, allowing just a solo homer in seven strong innings. Gerald Perry on the other hand had a hard time locating the strike zone. Two of the six batters he walked came around to score, and Jose Bautista took him to the seats.

                  R  H BB
TOR 002 020 100 - 5 11  6
TEX 001 000 000 - 1  5  2

HR: J. Bautista (15), F. Howard (13)

starters   IP  R ER HR BB SO
J. Key    7.0  1  1  1  2  4  
G. Perry  7.0  5  3  1  6  0 

TOR 42-51, TEX 40-53

July 21: Texas 7, Toronto 3

The veteran version of Nolan Ryan that pitches for Texas seems to only get better as the season goes on. This was his first start of the year without allowing a walk, and there’s just not much stopping Ryan if he’s not handing out free passes. Josh Hamilton and Adrian Beltre also stepped up with big games to avoid a sweep. Hamilton sliced four singles, two RBI, two runs, and two stolen bases, and Beltre collected two singles and a dinger.

Doyle Alexander’s magical season finally hit a serious bump in the road as Texas slapped him around for seven runs in less than five innings. Seven earned runs was a season worst for Doyle.

Toronto had lost their last five series, going 3-13 in that stretch, before taking this set from Texas.

                  R  H BB
TOR 000 100 101 - 3  6  1
TEX 102 130 00x - 7 18  1

HR: A. Beltre (10)

starters       IP  R ER HR BB SO
D. Alexander  4.2  7  7  1  0  0  
N. Ryan       6.0  1  1  0  0  8 

TOR 42-52, TEX 41-53

Texas Takes Two In Toronto

Nolan-Ryan-DeceptionLaunch-phaseJuly 15: Texas 2, Toronto 1

Two of the better starting pitchers in the Expansion Division faced off in a fine pitcher’s duel. Frank Howard provided both runs for Texas on a homer, the only two runs Doyle Alexander gave up in eight innings of work. But the Ryan Express gave up only one run in seven innings, and C.J. Wilson and Neftali Feliz combined to shutout the Jays in the eighth and ninth to seal the win for the Rangers.

                  R H BB
TEX 002 000 000 - 2 7  2
TOR 000 100 000 - 1 5  6

HR: F. Howard (12)

starters       IP  R ER HR BB SO
N. Ryan       7.0  1  1  0  4  8  
D. Alexander  8.0  2  2  1  1  5 

TEX 39-50, TOR 39-50

July 16: Toronto 6, Texas 3

The two high-octane offenses got back to bashing a bit more the next day, with each club drilling a pair of homers. All four homers in the game came with the bases empty though, so it was actually a string of walks and singles in the fifth inning by Toronto against Fergie Jenkins that plated the winning runs.

                  R H BB
TEX 000 101 010 - 3 7  4
TOR 011 030 10x - 6 8  5

HR: J. Franco (11), R. Palmeiro (17), 
L. Moseby (10), E. Whitt (6)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
F. Jenkins  4.2  5  5  2  3  3  
D. Stieb    8.0  3  3  2  4  4 

TEX 39-51, TOR 40-50

July 17: Texas 8, Toronto 4

Toronto starter Juan Guzman’s terrible season trudged on in the rubber match, and he saw his ERA rise to 6.66. Manager Cito Gaston won’t say so publicly, but is surely frustrated at the lack of decent options for his rotation which has contributed to sticking with Guzman all season so far.

Texas’s Alex Rodriguez drove his 20th home run and collected four RBI in the game. A-Rod has been among the homer leaders all season, but his wOBA is still below average at .320.

The series win for Texas brought them into a tie for fourth with Toronto.

                  R H BB
TEX 003 040 001 - 8 9  2
TOR 001 201 000 - 4 5  6

HR: A. Rodriguez (20), S. Green (17), K. Gruber (4)

starters    IP  R ER HR BB SO
C. Hough   7.0  4  4  2  5  2  
J. Guzman  4.0  7  7  1  2  2 

TEX 40-51, TOR 40-51

 

Kansas City Stays Perfect In 2nd Half With Sweep of Texas

Danny Tartabull looks on

July 12: Kansas City 8, Texas 5

The Royals came out of the break with a four-game sweep over Toronto, then traveled to Arlington for this series still firing on all cylinders.

The Rangers are the homer-happiest team in the league, and the Royals have knocked the fewest dingers in the Expansion Division, so naturally KC crushed seven dongs in the series compared to two for Texas. In the opening game, Darrell Porter hit a solo round-tripper for an insurance run, but it was a Danny Tartabull three-run shot in the third inning that opened up a lead that the Royals never relinquished. It was Tartabull’s third straight game with a dinger.

Jose Rosado was en fuego on the mound for KC, getting into very little trouble in his seven innings. A Frank White error led to the lone, unearned run Texas scored against Rosado. Jeff Montgomery and Dan Quisenberry coughed up some runs late in the game, but the Royals pitchers did not walk a single Ranger in the game.

                  R  H BB
KC  103 002 011 - 8 13  4
TEX 001 000 013 - 5 11  0

HR: D. Tartabull (17), D. Porter (7), F. Howard (11)

starters    IP  R ER HR BB SO
J. Rosado  7.0  1  0  0  0  5  
C. Hough   5.2  6  6  1  3  4 

KC 44-42, TEX 38-48

July 13: Kansas City 7, Texas 2

All seven KC runs were scored on home runs, one each by John Mayberry, George Brett, and Tartabull’s fourth homer in as many games to climb into a tie with Frank Robinson for fifth most homers in the league at 18.

KC got another excellent start, this time from Kevin Appier. Ape was nails for eight innings before fading in the ninth. He was one out away from authoring his first shutout of the season when an Ivan Rodriguez double drove in two runs.

                  R H BB
KC  000 022 003 - 7 9  5
TEX 000 000 002 - 2 8  2

HR: J. Mayberry (14), G. Brett (4), D. Tartabull (18)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
K. Appier   8.2  2  2  0  2  7  
Y. Darvish  6.0  4  4  2  3  7 

KC 45-42, TEX 38-49

July 14: Kansas City 5, Texas 3

The Rangers took their first and last lead of the series on a Juan Gonzalez bomb in the sixth inning. Mayberry erased the lead almost immediately when he led off the seventh inning by launching his second homer and third hit of the game. Hits by Mike Sweeney and Hal McRae later in the same inning gave the Royals the lead back for good, and KC is flying high with a perfect 7-0 record since the All-Star break.

Mayberry’s massive series pushed his wOBA to .393, eighth best in the league and second best in the Expansion Division.

                  R  H BB
KC  101 000 201 - 5 15  1
TEX 000 003 000 - 3  8  4

HR: J. Mayberry-2 (16), J. Gonzalez (15)

starters        IP  R ER HR BB SO
B. Saberhagen  6.0  3  3  1  2  5  
G. Perry       7.0  4  4  2  1  4 

KC 46-42, TEX 38-50

Ball Jumps Out of the Yard, Seattle Takes 3 of 4 in Texas

Seattle MarinersJuly 8: Seattle 4, Texas 1

Four of the five runs in the game were scored on homers. Seattle’s starter Freddy Garcia gave up only a solo dong to Texas Alex Rodriguez in eight excellent innings. Garcia walked none and struck out nine, and has a sparkly 2.77 ERA over his last seven starts.

                  R H BB
SEA 000 000 121 - 4 6  3
TEX 010 000 000 - 1 5  1

HR: K. Griffey, Jr. (14), K. Johjima (5), A. Rodriguez-TEX (17)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
F. Garcia   8.0  1  1  1  0  9  
Y. Darvish  7.1  3  3  2  2  7 

SEA 38-44, TEX 37-45

July 9: Seattle 5, Texas 3

Both teams got all of their runs in a single inning. Seattle’s third was their money inning against Gerald Perry. Dan Wilson got hit by a pitch, Edgar Martinez and Alvin Davis singled, Ichiro Suzuki and Alex Rodriguez doubled, and Ken Griffey, Jr. went yard for the second straight game.

Ivan Rodriguez knocked in all three Texas runs on a bomb in the eighth inning.

                  R  H BB
SEA 005 000 000 - 5 11  3
TEX 000 000 030 - 3  4  3

HR: K. Griffey, Jr. (15), I. Rodriguez (11)

starters       IP  R ER HR BB SO
F. Hernandez  7.0  3  3  1  2  8  
G. Perry      8.0  5  3  1  3  4 

SEA 39-44, TEX 37-46

July 10: Seattle 5, Texas 4

Six homers flew out of the ballpark in Arlington in this one. For what I believe was the first time, the same dude homered for both teams in the same game. A-Rod didn’t just homer once for each team though–he knocked two dingers for each team. Griffey, Jr. spanked a homer for the third straight game.

The Texas A-Rod is having an odd year – he’s now tied for third most homers in the league, but is hitting just .221/.294/.418.

                  R H BB
SEA 300 000 011 - 5 9  4
TEX 000 201 010 - 4 4  6

HR: K. Griffey, Jr. (16), A. Rodriguez-SEA 2 (16),
A. Rodriguez-TEX 2 (19), R. Palmeiro (15)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
R. Johnson  7.0  3  3  2  6  9  
N. Ryan     7.0  3  3  2  4  6 

SEA 40-44, TEX 37-47

July 11: Texas 5, Seattle 0

Fergie Jenkins turned out to be what Texas needed to manage a win over Seattle. Jenkins was just filthy. Coming off his first start of the year in which he allowed no earned runs, he one-upped himself by tossing his first shutout in impressive fashion. He issued no walks, and was just two singles and an A-Rod error short of perfection.

With seven round-trippers in the series, the Rangers passed the Yankees for most dongs in the league.

                  R H BB
SEA 000 000 000 - 0 2  0
TEX 010 200 20x - 5 7  0

HR: R. Palmeiro (16), J. Hamilton (9)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
J. Moyer    7.0  5  3  2  0  3  
F. Jenkins  9.0  0  0  0  0  4 

SEA 40-45, TEX 38-47

Texas Takes Two To Toronto

June 30: Texas 8, Toronto 4

The Rangers had all the runs they needed by the middle of the first inning. They abused Juan Guzman for four walks and four singles to plate five in the initial inning. The Blue Jays started with a bang also, Fred McGriff blasting a three run shot against Gerald Perry in the bottom of the first, but Texas held their quick lead for the duration.

                  R H BB
TEX 500 000 300 - 8 9  4
TOR 301 000 000 - 4 8  1

HR: F. McGriff (13)

starters    IP  R ER HR BB SO
G. Perry   7.0  4  4  1  1  4  
J. Guzman  6.2  8  6  0  3  8 

TEX 36-43, TOR 38-41

Jenkins Fergie TR74-44_FL_NBL McWilliamsJuly 1: Texas 4, Toronto 2

Fergie Jenkins was sharp for Texas and did not allow an earned run in a start for the first time this season. A Julio Franco error did contribute to a couple unearned against him, but Jeff Zimmerman and Francisco Cordero shut out Toronto for the last three innings, and the Rangers bats were busy clobbering 13 hits, including at least one by each hitter.

                  R  H BB
TEX 000 010 210 - 4 13  3
TOR 000 002 000 - 2  6  2

HR: I. Rodriguez (10)

starters       IP  R ER HR BB SO
F. Jenkins    6.0  2  0  0  2  4  
D. Alexander  6.1  3  3  0  2  3 

TEX 37-43, TOR 38-42

July 2: Toronto 6, Texas 4 (10 innings)

Nolan Ryan struck out a season-high 12 batters and deserved better than he got. An Ivan Rodriguez error extended the third inning enough for Carlos Delgado to smash a two-run homer, the bad range of his fielders contributed to a run, and then the Texas bullpen allowed an inherited runner in to tie the game in the eighth. When Fred McGriff came to bat in the bottom of the 10th, he already had two doubles in the game. He added a walk-off homer to his day to boost Toronto to their lone win in the series.

Toronto has earned the right to host game three of the upcoming All-Star series on July 5th. The game goes to the Expansion Division team in first place at the halfway mark, which turned out to be a tie between Toronto and Kansas City. The first tie-breaker, head-to-head records, didn’t settle the matter as the clubs split their 14 meetings. Toronto earned the All-Star game thanks to the second tie-breaker, runs scored in head-to-head games. The Blue Jays outscored the Royals 67-58 in their games. Boston will host the first two games in a July 4th doubleheader.

                    R H BB
TEX 200 200 000 0 - 4 7  2
TOR 012 000 010 2 - 6 8  3

HR: R. Greer (3), F. McGriff (14), C. Delgado (16)

starters      IP  R ER HR BB SO
N. Ryan      7.1  4  2  1  1 12  
R. Halladay  7.0  4  4  1  1  4 

TEX 37-43, TOR 39-42