A win is a win is a win, but my heart should could use one with a little more breathing room.
With Wednesday’s 2-1 win over the White Sox, the Rangers clinched only their second series victories in the last ten they’ve played (2 series wins, 2 series ties, 6 series losses). Having the series clinching win come down to the tying run on second and the winning run on first in the top of the 9th with a still-struggling Neftali Feliz had the defibrillator standing by and the nails bit down to the bone.
Even with Josh Hamilton and Nelson Cruz back, Texas managed a paltry three hits against Gavin Floyd. Fortunately, two of them came in the 3rd inning, which helped the Rangers plate their only runs of the game. This is only the second time in the history of Rangers Ballpark in Arlington that the Rangers have won a game with three hits or less. The first time was Ron Washington‘s first win as Rangers manager in 2007. CJ Wilson was brilliant, giving up a lead-off single to Juan Pierre, then setting down 16 in a row. The Sox finally chased Wilson in the 7th, but thanks to the bullpen work of Mark Lowe, Darren Oliver and Feliz (shaky as they all were at times), all the Sox could muster was a single run.
Interesting tidbit: Until having an oh-fer Wednesday, guess who had the longest active AL hitting streak entering play? Josh Hamilton at 10 games. Granted there was a 30+ game absence between games 8 and 9, but it was a hitting streak nonetheless.
I’m actually just glad both teams escaped Tuesday’s game in one piece. In the bottom of the 4th, the storms came to Arlington and, over the next couple of hours, pelted the Ballpark with golf ball size hail and heavy winds. The two teams didn’t finish up the 8-6 Chicago win until after one in the morning, then they turned around and played again twelve hours later. This probably explains the low hit totals for both teams in the series finale.
Interesting Tidbit 2: The Fort Worth Star Telegram and TR Sullivan are both reporting Brandon Webb is headed to Frisco for a rehab start on Monday. Webb pitched an extended session in extended training down in Arizona the other day and, although his velocity reportedly was still only in the mid-80’s, he induced a lot of ground ball outs and managed quite a few K’s against members of the Padres organization. Maybe this team is starting to get healthy again!
An off day has finally arrived for the Rangers before KC comes to town for three.
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