Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Salt in the wound.

So Texas loses last night in Oakland to fall to 4.5 games behind Anaheim. The 3-2 loss was a stinger to in so many ways.

Dustin Nippert pitched five awesome innings to see his effort go up in smoke. Of course the other four pitchers who allowed no runs might also be a bit frustrated.

The bats couldn't get going against a guy whose post-game ERA is 4.20. Two runs in 7.2 innings. Ugh! Arias, Cruz, and Saltalamacchia all went ohfers.

C.J. Wilson. Nothing like coming in with one out left to get the save and giving up all three Oakland runs. C.J. just didn't have it at all last night and it happened so fast that I doubt Ron Washington had time to get anyone else warmed up.

To top it all off Nelson Cruz, seen here on number 564 of the 2007 Topps set, sprained left ankle on the last part of the batting practice Wilson threw. Word is that he might have to take a stint on the DL. Salt, salt, and more salt.

One bright spot was Neftali Feliz's Major League debut. In his first appearance in the big show Neftali was big news. He threw two scorching innings and allowed no base-runners. While racking up four strikeouts he topped out at around 101 MPH. Nice. The Mark Teixeira trade is looking better all the time.


RWH said...

That 9th inning was brutal for the Rangers.
The bright side is definitely Feliz. I don't think there was a fan of an AL West team who wasn't left groaning after that performance.

steveisjewish said...

I am super excited to watch Feliz pitch - ever since reading about him in baseball america i have been stoked to see his debut and he certainly did not dissapoint