For the first time in franchise history, the Texas Rangers have hit the 3 million in attendance mark. I guess back-to-back World Series appearances and the unusually mild Texas summer help things, huh? It’s too bad the Rangers couldn’t get a win.
We didn’t get the Derek Holland we had last game, but this one was OK too. I’ll take a 7 inning, 7 strike outs, 2 run outing. And sadly, like his last outing, Holland didn’t get a win.
The offense tonight was fueled by Beltre/Cruz/Young who were responsible for the 2 runs scored in the 4th and for the 2 runs that put the Rangers on top in the 8th, but 4 runs just weren’t enough.
Joe Nathan was brought in to finish things off in the 9th, his 3rd straight appearance in as many games. A home run to the first batter he faced didn’t start things off well. A single followed by ANOTHER home run and the Rangers were down 5-4. Elvis Andrus did his best to muster up a rally by tripling with 2 outs in the bottom 9th, but David Murphy failed to get him home. This was Nathan’s first blown save since April 11th…hard to be too upset about that.
FINAL: Rangers 4, Indians 5
Injury Updates: Josh Hamilton, who received a shot in his knee earlier today, was held out of the lineup as a precaution. Adrian Beltre, who injured his shoulder in last night’s game, was restricted to DH duties. The Rangers aren’t acting like either injuries are overly serious, but you never know. Mike Olt, who left the game last night, has been diagnosed with plantar fasciitis and will probably be out 10-14 days.