Monday, September 5, 2011

Up and down.

Kind of a mixed bag the past two days for the Rangers.

Yesterday Texas finished up their season series with the Red Sox in Boston. Matt Harrison started for the Rangers and went seven strong innings. He struck out five and walked two while allowing just two runs. Mike Gonzalez allowed two more runs in the eighth inning while Koji Uehara worked a perfect ninth.

The Texas offense managed just two runs through the first five innings against Boston starter John Lackey. The sixth inning was the breakout inning though as the Rangers plated seven. Josh Hamilton, shown here on card number 500 of the 2009 Upper Deck set, was a key part of the onslaught as he hammered a three run triple. Two more runs in the ninth for the Rangers brought the score to final 11-4.

That win gave Texas the three game series in Boston 2-1 and the season series 6-4. Nice to see Josh make solid contact in a day game. Matt Harrison deserved his eleventh win with his performance.

Today was the downer as Texas fell to the Devil Rays 5-1. Tampa Bay starter James Shields lived up to his reputation with a complete game where he kept the offense handcuffed. Scott Feldman started for Texas in place of Alexi Ogando. After Ogando got shelled his last time out, Feldman was tabbed to give him a rest. Problem was, Scott Feldman couldn't seem to find the plate today. He walked four batters in five innings as he gave up four runs. That's all the Devil Rays would need but they would tack on a fifth run in the seventh against Merkin Valdez.

Bummer to see the bats go flat today. Even more disheartening to see Scooter struggle like he did. After his last spot start it seemed that maybe Scott had moved past last year's woes and was back in his 2009 form. Apparently not. Hopefully he can put it back together should the Rangers need another spot start out of him.

Just gotta hope the Mariners can beat the Angels tonight.

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