Since Ryan Dempster is still up to his Cubs-antics, lost his passport and couldn’t make the trip to Toronto with the team, Rangers fans were forced to suffer through yet another Roy Oswalt start. Thankfully, we were spared from an atrocious outing…just a slightly-painful-at-times one.
Roy actually looked pretty good at times. The righty was pretty efficient through the first 2 innings, striking out 3 of the 6 batters he faced. The third wasn’t as pretty. After getting Jeff Mathis to ground out to start the inning, Oswalt then walked Gose. A stolen base and a balk (Oswalt’s 1st of TWO this game), the runner was at 3rd. A single would score the run and Toronto took the lead.
Thankfully, the Rangers bats made a brief appearance in the 5th. Beltre would double to start the 5th, and would score on a Nelly BOOMSTICK. Rangers up, 2-1.
Roy would come out in the bottom of the 5th, allowing a single to start the inning. A sacrifice bunt would get the first out of the inning, followed by a failed bunt attempt. 2 outs. I guess Ron Washington had seen enough. Oswalt was out of the game at only 62 pitches and 1 out away from qualifying for a win. Robbie Ross came in to get Colby Rasmus to pop out and end the inning.
Honestly, the move shocked me. Oswalt really wasn’t “struggling”, and suffice it to say, he looked pretty pissed off when walking back to the dugout and proceeded to sulk in the corner of the dugout by himself. With the lefty Rasmus coming up, it definitely makes since to bring in a lefty to face him as Rasmus struggles GREATLY against left-handed pitchers, but it definitely seemed like a pretty big “Eff you” from Wash to Roy if you ask me.
Anyways, the game…
Robbie came back out for the 6th and got himself into a bit of a pickle by giving up 2 singles with only 1 out. After striking out, Kelly Johnson, Ross would allow ANOTHER single, but thankfully Hamilton’s strong arm would prevent the run from scoring. A little Maddux magic and Ross got the final out of the inning.
Tanner Scheppers was brought in to pitch the 7th, but after loading the bases (with only 1 out), Michael Kirkman was brought in and got the 2 outs needed to end the threat. Mike Adams and Joe Nathan would both pitch perfect 8th and 9th innings, getting the Rangers a win in Toronto.
FINAL: Rangers 2, Blue Jays 1