Wow…I’m not really sure where to begin. So much happened during the game. Roy Oswalt pitched again. The Rangers offense exploded. The Tigers offense almost kept up. Someone had 4 strikeouts. A rookie made his major league debut. Hitters were thrown at. Errors were made. Prince Fielder tackled someone. Cookies were talked about. Mike Maddux rubbed shoulders. Nathan had a strikeout wild pitch. And it goes on and on.
FINAL SCORE – Rangers 13, Tigers 9
PITCHING – Roy Oswalt, working with some major swamp ass in the Texas heat, looked dirty sexy on the mound against the Detroit Tigers. Okay, he looked…hittable. He threw a lot of strikes (and first pitch strikes) and gave up 6 runs. He lasted 6 innings while striking out 6.
We’ll give him a pass on this one. It was only his 2nd start of the year. Mentally, he was probably still in Surprise, Arizona working on his game. Or hunting somewhere in Mississippi.
Robbie Ross took over for RoyO, but not much happened there.
One of the big stories on the rubber was the major league debut of Martin Perez, a 21 year old up-and-comer from Venezuela. Perez didn’t necessarily have a great outing, but it was nice to see a young lefty throwing in the mid 90′s. And I do like the confidence. He (or maybe the Rangers) decided to wear Cliff Lee’s old number 33.
Although Perez didn’t last long, he did receive a nice bear hug from Prince Fielder before he departed. It was almost like Fielder wanted to cudddle with him. Perez would finish by giving up 4 runs (only 1 earned), 2 hits, 1 K, and 1 walk.
Mike Adams and Joe Nathan would finish the pitching off for the Rangers. RoyO got the win, his 2nd on the year.
HITTING – The offense was led by…the offense. In particular, David Murphy, Ian Kinsler, Leonys Martin, and others.
The Rangers started the scoring off in the 2nd after a throwing error by the Tigers gold glove third baseman, Miguel Cabrera. But it really got going when David Murphy parked a picture perfect ding dong into the right field bleachers while Michael Young and Nelson Cruz were loitering on the bases.
Moving on to the 4th, Murph flexed his big Texas muscle and knocked another home run into the outfield bleachers to extend the Rangers lead. Ian Kinsler got a little jealous that Murph was getting all the attention, so he decided to hit a big fly. Kinsler’s big fly landed in Green’s Hill where Trent lives.
Both of the Murphy and Kinsler home runs came while the Rangers broadcast was interviewing Nolan Ryan…or as my wife once referred to him as, Ryan Nolan.
In the 5th, Murph Dog was still flaming in the Texas heat and had another RBI while Leonys Martin got himself involved with a 2-run triple. Michael Young, Elvis Andrus, and Adrian Beltre would also contribute to the offense machine.
David Murphy finished 4 for 5 with 2 HR, 5 RBI, and had a clean shaved face. The rest of the guys did well too, except one, who had 4 K’s. Look it up yourself.
T’s Game Notes and Observations
- The Rangers sported the ever sexy red tops, red hats, white undies, and white bottoms.
- Emily Jones was decked out in a Rangers outfit…red top, blue bottoms, and…
- All of the umpires wore black tops, gray bottoms, whitey-tighties, and knee high socks.
- It was 99 degrees at the time of RoyO’s first pitch…damn near winter temps.
- What is the freaking deal with Josh Hamilton and the bat toss? This is beyond ridiculous. It’s ridonkulous.
- Nice run down by Adrian Beltre in the 5th. That’s text book.
- President Bush apparently got in a bicycle accident and is nursing his knee for tomorrow’s round of golf. Lovely life.
- “The backdoor got him”…I’m not sure what to think about that quote from the Rangers game.
- Dear Ranger fans - stop freaking sending the Rangers broadcast team cookies, cupcakes, salsa, cookbooks, fruit, cookies, and everything else. Stop it…now. I beg you.
- This is the Rangers 6 series win in a row.
- I wish I could be a part of the post game hug between Mike Maddux and Ron Washington.