A-Rod Catches Gehrig In HR Race, but Texas Drops Series to Anaheim

MLB: Los Angeles Angels at Texas RangersAugust 10: Anaheim 5, Texas 2

Mike Trout tripled twice, based on ball twice, and scored thrice. Trout has recovered from an early season power outage to the extent that he is #13 on the league runs created list and fifth in the Expansion Division.

                  R  H BB
ANA 201 010 001 - 5 11  6
TEX 000 200 000 - 2  6  5

HR: A. Rodriguez (26)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
D. Chance   6.2  2  2  1  4  8  
G. Perry    7.0  4  4  0  4  3 

ANA 43-70, TEX 50-63

August 11: Texas 11, Anaheim 0

This could have been a premier pitching match-up as Jered Weaver and Nolan Ryan were due to face off, but both pitchers required a rest to conserve innings. So instead fans were subjected treated to a Mike Witt/Jon Matlack duel. The Rangers beat up on Witt, but Matlack reeled off an out-of-nowhere shutout with 10 strikeouts. A-Rod swatted three hits, including his 27th dong to pull within one of the league-lead.

                   R  H BB
ANA 000 000 000 -  0  7  2
TEX 012 002 60x - 11 12  5

HR: A. Rodriguez (27), T. Harrah (3)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
M. Witt     5.2  5  5  2  2  5  
J. Matlack  9.0  0  0  0  2 10 

ANA 43-71, TEX 51-63

August 12: Anaheim 8, Texas 2

Brian Downing crushed two long balls, one a grand salami, and drove in six. Kelvim Escobar held the Rangers bats down for seven innings.

In the ninth, A-Rod launched a Troy Percival fastball for his 28th homer to tie Lou Gehrig for most in the league. It also ended an 18 appearance/24 inning scoreless streak for Percival, whose ERA swelled all the way up to 1.02.

                  R  H BB
ANA 003 000 500 - 8 11  4
TEX 100 000 001 - 2  6  4

HR: B. Downing-2 (10), A. Rodriguez (28)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
K. Escobar  7.0  1  1  0  2  4  
F. Jenkins  6.1  6  6  1  3  5 

ANA 44-71, TEX 51-64

Houston Finally Takes A Series Against Texas in Fifth Try

August 7: Texas 2, Houston 0

The two teams traveled to Arlington for the back-end of a home-and-home series. Texas swept the previous three games, and made it four in a row on the strength of a filthy Ferguson Jenkins. Jenkins whirled his third shutout of the year, all of which have occured in his last six starts. The shutout looked like it was over when the ‘Stros loaded the bases with no outs to start the seventh, but Jenkins whiffed Morgan Ensberg and got Dickie Thon to roll into a double play.

Houston dropped their seventh straight.

                  R H BB
HOU 000 000 000 - 0 5  3
TEX 000 010 10x - 2 8  1
HR: A. Rodriguez (25)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
R. Oswalt   6.2  2  2  1  0  6  
F. Jenkins  9.0  0  0  0  3  4 

HOU 48-61, TEX 50-60

August 8: Houston 11, Texas 6

Houston had gone 25 straight innings without scoring a run before Lance Berkman busted them out of the slump with a three-run jobbie in the first. Bob Watson added a three-run triple in the third, and the Astros bats stayed hot all game.

Mike Scott backed them up with a strong game on the mound.

Josh Hamilton had a four-hit day for the losers.

                   R  H BB
HOU 303 000 113 - 11 14  6
TEX 000 000 024 -  6 12  2
HR: M. Alou (22), L. Berkman (22), J. Hamilton (13)

starters    IP  R ER HR BB SO
M. Scott   7.0  2  2  0  1  5  
C. Hough   6.0  6  5  1  5  4 

HOU 49-61, TEX 50-61

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August 9: Houston 3, Texas 0

J.R. Richard overpowered the Rangers hitters, allowing just three hits on the way to his first shutout of the year. All the runs in the game came on another Berkman blast, and the slugging Astro raised his season wOBA to a cool .400.

                  R H BB
HOU 003 000 000 - 3 4  7
TEX 000 000 000 - 0 3  2
HR: L. Berkman (23)

starters       IP  R ER HR BB SO
J.R. Richard  9.0  0  0  0  2  6 
Y. Darvish    7.0  3  3  1  6  8 

HOU 50-61, TEX 50-62

Rangers Continue Owning Astros In Battle of Texas

darvishAugust 3: Texas 4, Houston 2

There were nearly twice as many walks in the game as their were hits. Juan Gone and I-Rod tagged J.R. Richard with big flies and Yu Darvish, when avoiding walks, struck out everyone in the stadium to lead the Rangers to victory.

Darvish is striking out 9.9 per nine innings pitched which puts him in a tie for second place with his rotation-mate Nolan Ryan. ( They are behind Randy Johnson at 11.7).

                  R H BB
TEX 020 002 000 - 4 4  9
HOU 000 011 000 - 2 5  7

HR: J. Gonzalez (16),
I. Rodriguez (12), J. Wynn (7)

starters       IP  R ER HR BB SO
Y. Darvish    7.0  2  2  1  6 11  
J.R. Richard  7.0  4  4  2  7  6 

TEX 47-60, HOU 48-58

August 4: Texas 8, Houston 3

The Rangers unleashed a 15-hit barrage to bury the Astros. Julio Franco, A-Rod, Josh Hamilton, and Rafael Palmeiro all had three hits apiece.

Gerald Perry yielded three runs in the first two innings before settling in and cruising through the rest of the game without giving up another run.

                  R  H BB
TEX 023 020 100 - 8 15  3
HOU 120 000 000 - 3  5  3
HR: A. Rodriguez (24), J. Hamilton (12), A. Beltre (11)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
G. Perry    9.0  3  3  0  3  6  
M. Cuellar  4.2  7  7  2  3  1 

TEX 48-60, HOU 48-59

August 5: Texas 2, Houston 0

The Nolan Ryans of both Texas teams went head-to-head for the first time all season, and they both seemed fired up to face themselves. They hurled complete games, a rare feat for both. The Texas version was just a bit better though and put together his first nine-inning shutout of the season while walking three and whiffing 10.

The only runs of the game were scored in the top of the first. Mike Hargrove started the game with a walk, and Palmeiro and Juan Gonzalez both singled to load the bases. A-Rod drove in Hargrove and Palmeiro with a single before the two Ryans dug in and gave up no more.

The teams have almost identical records so far, but you wouldn’t believe it if you only saw the games they’ve played against each other. For some reason the Rangers have dominated the season series, winning 11 of 14.

                  R H BB
TEX 200 000 000 - 2 5  4
HOU 000 000 000 - 0 3  3
HR: none

starters   IP  R ER HR BB SO
N. Ryan   9.0  0  0  0  3 10  
N. Ryan   9.0  2  2  0  4  7 

TEX 49-60, HOU 48-60

Cleveland Mounts Big Comeback To Win Series Against Texas

Larry_Doby_1953July 31: Cleveland 4, Texas 3

Dingers from John Romano and Larry Doby helped Cleveland stake out a 4-0 lead that they carried into the top of the eighth. In that frame, Mike Hargrove drove an extremely unlikely three-run homer against Addie Joss to get the Texans within a run, but Joss gave up no more in his complete game.

                  R H BB
TEX 000 000 030 - 3 8  0
CLE 002 200 00x - 4 6  3
HR: M. Hargrove (8), L. Doby (10),
J. Romano (8)

starters    IP  R ER HR BB SO
N. Ryan    7.0  4  4  2  3  5  
A. Joss    9.0  3  3  1  0  2 

TEX 45-59, CLE 49-54

August 1: Texas 7, Cleveland 5

The Rangers poured on the baserunners all afternoon in a balanced attack and beat up on Sam McDowell for all seven of their runs.

                  R  H BB
TEX 000 223 000 - 7 11  7
CLE 000 001 400 - 5  7  5

HR: A. Rodriguez (23), I. Kinsler (4), M. Ramirez (17)

starters      IP  R ER HR BB SO
F. Jenkins   6.1  4  4  1  2  3  
S. McDowell  5.2  7  7  2  6  5 

TEX 46-59, CLE 49-55

August 2: Cleveland 10, Texas 7

The Rangers were set up beautifully to take the rubber match after snatching a 6-0 lead right out of the gate. Third baseman Al Rosen made an error in the first to go along with Texas’s seven hits. Cleveland starter Stan Coveleski got just one out before getting the hook.

CC Sabathia came on in long relief in just his third appearance of the season. CC was good good and yielded just one run in 6.2 innings.

Charlie Hough had the knuckler working for four no-hit innings, but it deserted him in a big way in the fifth inning. He got the first batter of the fifth out on a screaming line drive that Rosen caught in self-defense, and then Julio Franco erred at second base, and things completely fell apart for Hough and Texas. With the knuckler coming in straight, Hough served up some batting practice to his last seven batters faced:

Lou Boudreau singles
Al Rosen walks
John Romano strikes out
Tris Speaker singles
Nap Lajoie triples
Jim Thome homers
Larry Doby homers

And all of a sudden Cleveland had stormed from behind 0-6 to ahead 7-6. Because of Franco’s error, all seven runs went in the books as unearned against Hough.

Doby’s homer was his sixth in his last nine games.

Cleveland took four of the six games between the teams for the season.

                   R  H BB
TEX 600 000 100 -  7 12  3
CLE 000 073 00x - 10  9  6

HR: J. Thome (25), L. Doby (11)

starters       IP  R ER HR BB SO
C. Hough      4.2  7  0  2  2  5  
S. Coveleski  0.1  6  5  0  0  1 

TEX 46-60, CLE 50-55

Minnesota Delivers Twin Wins in Texas

July 28: Minnesota 5, Texas 4

After getting the first out of the inning, Bert Blyleven put the Twins in a pickle by walking two batters in the bottom of the eighth. Eddie Guardado came on in relief and made things worse by hitting Juan Gonzalez to load the bases, and then giving up a two-run double to A-Rod that got Texas within a run with runners on second and third and one out. Next up, Adrian Beltre hit a middle-depth fly ball to centerfielder Kirby Puckett, and Gonzalez made a risky tag-up from third representing the tying run. Puckett strong-armed a bullet to Joe Mauer in plenty of time to cut down Gonzalez at the plate to finish off the double play.

Puckett also had his fifth straight game with two or more hits.

                  R H BB
MN  002 001 020 - 5 7  3
TEX 000 101 020 - 4 7  4

HR: H. Killebrew (5), R. Palmeiro (18)

starters      IP  R ER HR BB SO
B. Blyleven  7.1  3  3  1  2  5  
C. Hough     8.0  5  5  1  3  3 

MN 55-45, TEX 44-57

July 29: Minnesota 3, Texas 2mauer

Jim Shaw and Yu Darvish matched each other with seven innings pitched and two runs allowed.

With Francisco Cordero pitching the top of the ninth for Texas, Joe Cronin led off with a double and Mauer drove him in with a single for the winner. Mauer also knocked a two-run homer in the second and collected all three RBI for Minnesota.

                  R H BB
MN  020 000 001 - 3 8  5
TEX 001 000 010 - 2 9  2

HR: J. Mauer (5)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
J. Shaw     7.0  2  2  0  2  3  
Y. Darvish  7.0  2  2  1  4  7 

MN 56-45, TEX 44-58

July 30: Texas 11, Minnesota 2

Texas never quite knows what they’re going to get from Gerald Perry when his turn in the rotation comes around. His season ERA is unimpressive at 4.82, inflated by five starts in which he gave up six or more earned runs. In his other 16 starts, he’s allowed no more than four earned. He matched his finest line of the season with a complete game, two-run game against the high-average lineup of Minnesota. He yielded eight hits, but they were all singles.

Texas bashed one homer off all four Twins hurlers in the game (Camilo Pascual, Firpo Marberry, Al Worthington, and Eddie Guardado). Pascual struck out Texas’s first batter of the game, but never recorded another out. Two walks, four singles, one error, and one Julio Franco home run later, Pascual hit the showers, but Texas kept raking. Josh Hamilton, Juan Gonzalez, and Franco all drove three hits.

Texas doesn’t do many things well, but they do know how to hit the ball over the fence. They have the most homers in the league (132) and eight different Rangers have double-digit dongs, easily the most in the league.

Minnesota took four of six from Texas on the season.

                   R  H BB
MN  000 100 100 -  2  8  3
TEX 700 001 21x - 11 16  5

HR: M. Hargrove (7), J. Hamilton (11),
J. Franco (12), A. Rodriguez (22)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
C. Pascual  0.1  7  5  1  2  1  
G. Perry    9.0  2  2  0  3  1 

MN 56-46, TEX 45-58

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