World Series Game #7: St. Louis Cardinals 6, Texas Rangers 2

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Playoffs,The World Series by chinmusic on Friday 28 October 2011 at 10:50 pm

The Rangers scored two runs in the top of the 1st inning but that was all they could muster in this game. Ian Kinsler was 2 for 3 with 1 walk in this game. Josh Hamilton went 1 for 4 with 1 run scored, a double and 1 RBI despite not moving too well due to a groin injury. Michael Young was 1 for 4 with a double and a RBI. Mike Napoli (1 for 4) and David Murphy (1 for 4 with a double) were the rest of the offense for the Rangers in this game as they had a hard time with Chris Carpenter and the rest of the Cardinals’ pitchers. Matt Harrison got the start and it was a rough one for him. He pitched the first four innings in which he gave up 5 hits and 3 runs (all earned) while walking 2 batters and whiffing 1. Scott Feldman was terrible in this game as he only got two guys out while walking 3 batters and allowing 2 runs (both of which were earned). C.J. Wilson pitched 1 1/3 hitless innings and he whiffed 2 batters as he was solid. Mike Adams had another rough game as he worked 2/3 of an inning in which he gave up 2 hits, 1 run (it was earned), while walking and whiffing 1 batter. Mike Gonzalez worked a solid inning in which he got all three batters out that he faced (he whiffed two of them). Alexi Ogando struck out the only batter he faced last night. The Rangers season has ended with a thud once again, as they have lost the World Series, 4 games to 3.

The Texas Rangers have a quartet of hitters that are swinging good bats in the World Series

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Playing Well,The Playoffs,The World Series by chinmusic on Friday 28 October 2011 at 10:04 am

Mike Napoli, Adrian Beltre, Ian Kinsler and Elvis Andrus are hitting the ball well in the World Series and the Rangers need them to keep up the good work tonight. Napoli has been pretty darn awesome in this series as he has played in 6 games in which he is 6 for 16 (.375 avg, 1.313 OPS) with 2 runs scored, 2 homers and 10 RBIs. Adrian Beltre is also swinging a red hot stick as he has played in all six games for the Rangers in which he is 9 for 27 (.333 avg, .963 OPS) with 5 runs scored, 2 homers and 3 RBIs. Ian Kinsler is only 1 for three stealing bases but he is still 7 for 22 (.318 avg, .828 OPS) with 2 runs scored and 2 RBIs in the first six games. Elvis Andrus has also given the Rangers a spark at the top of the order as he is 8 for 27 (.296 avg, .630 OPS) with 4 runs scored. The Rangers need to get to Chris Carpenter early tonight if they are going to win the World Series.

It’s a winner take all Game #7 in the World Series tonight!

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Playoffs,The World Series by chinmusic on Friday 28 October 2011 at 9:59 am

The Cardinals are on a roll right now after winning an improbable game last night. The Rangers can’t let the disappointment from last night’s loss trickle into tonight’s game. The Rangers are going to start young lefty Matt Harrison against crafty righty Chris Carpenter of the Cardinals. Harrison has pitched in 1 game (1 start) for the Rangers so far in the World Series and he is 0-1 with a 7.36 ERA and a 1.91 WHIP. Harrison has now pitched in 4 games (3 starts) so far in the post-season and he is 1-1 with a 5.02 ERA and a 1.53 WHIP. The Rangers need Harrison to pitch like he did during the regular season as the Cardinals have a very impressive offense. Chris Carpenter of the Cardinals has already pitched in 2 games (both starts) in the World Series already and he is 1-0 with a 2.77 ERA and a 1.08 WHIP. He has now pitched in 5 games (all starts) in the post-season for the Cardinals and he is 3-0 with a 3.30 ERA and a 1.13 WHIP.

World Series Game #6: St. Louis Cardinals 10, Texas Rangers 9 in 11 innings

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Playoffs,The World Series by chinmusic on Friday 28 October 2011 at 7:56 am

The Rangers’ bullpen just couldn’t hold leads last night and it cost them this game. The Rangers had two outs in the ninth inning and two strikes on David Freese when he ripped a 2-run triple to tie the game and send it to extra innings. Josh Hamilton then cranked a two-run homer in the top of the 10th inning, but Lance Berkman hit a single with two outs in the bottom of the 10th inning to tie this game. David Freese then came up in the 11th inning and he ripped a solo homer to give the Cardinals an improbable win.

Josh Hamilton led the way for the Rangers in this game as he was 3 for 6 with 1 run scored, a homer and 3 RBIs. Ian Kinsler (2 for 5 with 1 run scored, a double and 2 RBIs) and Elvis Andrus (2 for 6 with 1 run scored) gave the Rangers some juice at the top of the order. Adrian Beltre (1 for 6 with 1 run scored and 1 RBI) and Nelson Cruz (1 for 6 with 2 runs and 1 RBI) each ripped solo homers in this game. Michael Young (2 for 4 with a double and a RBI) and Mike Napoli (2 for 3 with 3 walks and 1 RBI) also had good games with the bat. Young had some issues in the field with two costly errors.

Colby Lewis started the game and he was solid. He worked the first 5 1/3 innings in this game and he gave up 3 hits, 4 runs (2 earned), while walking 3 batters and whiffing 4. Alexi Ogando worked a 1/3 of an inning but he walked in two of Lewis’ runs. Derek Holland was next in line and he worked 2 innings allowing 2 hits and 1 run (it was earned). Mike Adams worked 1/3 of an inning and he gave up 2 hits but no runs. Neftali Feliz blew a rare save by working 1 inning in which he gave up 2 hits, 2 runs (both earned), while walking 1 batter and whiffing 2. Lefty Darren Oliver was the next pitcher to blow a save for the Rangers last night as he worked 1/3 of an inning in which he gave up 2 hits and 2 runs (both earned). Scott Feldman followed him in the game and he wasn’t too effective either. He pitched 2/3 of an inning allowing 1 hit and walking 1 batter. Mark Lowe pitched to one batter in the 11th inning and he gave up a walk-off homer to David Freese of the Cardinals. This Series is tied up at 3 games apiece with a winner take all Game #7 in St. Louis tonight!

World Series Game #5: Texas Rangers 4, St. Louis Cardinals 2

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Playoffs,The World Series by chinmusic on Tuesday 25 October 2011 at 8:36 am

The Rangers had some magic off the bat of Mike Napoli in the bottom of the 8th to give them the win last night. Napoli was only 1 for 4 on the night, but his hit was a 2-run double that gave the Rangers the 4-2 lead heading into the 9th inning. Adrian Beltre and Mitch Moreland both were 1 for 4 with solo homers last night. Josh Hamilton (1 for 3 with a walk), Michael Young (1 for 4 with a double and a run scored), Nelson Cruz (1 for 3 with a run scored) and David Murphy (2 for 4) also helped out with the bats for the Rangers last night. C.J. Wilson was so-so last night for the Rangers as he worked 5 1/3 innings in which he gave up 4 hits, 2 runs (1 earned), while walking 5 batters and whiffing 3. Scott Feldman was up next and he worked 2/3 of an inning allowing 1 hit, no runs and he whiffed 1 batter. Alexi Ogando worked a very tough inning as he gave up 2 hits, 3 walks, 0 runs and he whiffed 1 batter. Darren Oliver worked a scoreless 8th inning without allowing a baserunner as he whiffed 1 batter. He was the winning pitcher. Neftali Feliz earned the save by working a scoreless, hitless inning in which he walked 1 batter and whiffed 2, to earn the save. The Rangers are now up 3-2 on the World Series as it shifts to St. Louis.

World Series Game #4: Texas Rangers 4, St. Louis Cardinals 0

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Playoffs,The World Series by chinmusic on Monday 24 October 2011 at 7:15 am

The Texas Rangers evened up the World Series behind starting pitcher Derek Holland who was awesome last night. Holland worked the first 8 1/3 innings last night in which he gave up only 2 hits and 0 runs while whiffing 7 batters and walking only two. He was the winning pitcher. Neftali Feliz got the last two outs to finish off the Cardinals in this game. Mike Napoli provided the firepower for the Rangers last night when he cranked a three-run homer off of Mitchell Boggs in the bottom of the sixth inning. He finished up 1 for 2 with 1 run scored and 3 RBIs last night. Elvis Andrus (2 for 4 with a double and a run scored), Josh Hamilton (1 for 4 with a double and a RBI) and Nelson Cruz (1 for 2 with 1 run scored) also had solid games with the bats for the Rangers. The Rangers have now tied up the World Series at 2 games apiece with Game #5 in Texas tonight.

World Series Game #3: St. Louis Cardinals 16, Texas Rangers 7

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Playoffs,The World Series by chinmusic on Sunday 23 October 2011 at 7:14 am

Every pitcher the Rangers used gave up at least 1 run last night and that was way too much for the batters to overcome. Albert Pujols of the Cardinals made sure the Rangers weren’t coming back as he jacked three homers in his last three ABs. He became only the third player ever to hit 3 homers in a World Series Game (Babe Ruth and Reggie Jackson). Matt Harrison started for the Rangers and he was the losing pitcher last night. He worked 3 2/3 innings allowing 6 hits, 5 runs (3 earned), while walking 1 batter and whiffing 3. Scott Feldman brought in the gas can, like every reliever the Rangers’ used tonight, as he worked 1 1/3 innings in which he allowed 2 hits, walked 2 batters and he gave up 3 runs (all earned). Alexi Ogando continued to pitch B.P. in the World Series as he worked only 1/3 of an inning but he allowed 3 hits, 4 runs (3 earned) while walking 2 batters and whiffing 1. Mike Gonzalez was next up for a beating as he worked 1 2/3 innings in which he gave up 1 hit, 1 walk and 2 runs (both earned). Mark Lowe pitched the 8th inning and he gave up 2 hits and 1 run (it was earned). Darren Oliver worked the 9th inning and he gave up 1 hit and 1 run (it was earned) with 2 strikeouts. Adrian Beltre led the way for the Rangers last night with the bat as he was 4 for 5 with 2 runs scored, 1 double and 1 RBI. Michael Young (2 for 5 with 2 runs scored and 2 RBIs) and Nelson Cruz (1 for 4 with 1 run scored and 2 RBIs) each cranked a homer apiece last night. Elvis Andrus (2 for 5 with 1 run scored and a double), Mike Napoli (1 for 2 with 2 RBIs) and Yorvit Torrealba (2 for 3) also pitched in with the sticks last night. The Cardinals are now up 2-1 in the World Series with Game #4 tonight.

The World Series Game #2: Texas Rangers 2, St. Louis Cardinals 1

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Playoffs,The World Series by chinmusic on Friday 21 October 2011 at 6:18 pm

The Texas Rangers’ pitching staff deserves a lot of credit for giving the team a chance to come back in this game. Colby Lewis worked the first 6 2/3 innings last night and he only gave up 4 hits, 2 walks, 1 run (it was earned), while whiffing 4 batters as he was impressive. Alexi Ogando got one guy out but not until after Allen Craig got another run scoring hit off of him (he knocked in Lewis’ runner). Mike Adams earned the win by pitching a scoreless 8th inning. Neftali Feliz worked a scoreless ninth inning to earn the save, as he was downright nasty last night. The Rangers only could muster five hits last night, but two of them came in the 9th inning. Ian Kinsler (2 for 3 with 1 walk, 1 run scored and 1 stolen base) led off the ninth inning with a single. He moved to 3B on a single by Elvis Andrus and scored on a sacrifice fly from Josh Hamilton, which moved Andrus to 3B. Michael Young then knocked in Andrus with a sacrifice play and that’s all the offense the Rangers would need to win last night. The Rangers have tied the World Series at 1 game apiece as it shifts to Texas for the next three games.

World Series Game #1: St. Louis Cardinals 3, Texas Rangers 2

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Playoffs,The World Series by chinmusic on Thursday 20 October 2011 at 7:17 am

The Texas Rangers fought hard last night but the Cardinals were just a little better in Game #1. Mike Napoli led the way for the Rangers last night offensively as he was 1 for 2 with 1 run scored, a walk, a homer and 2 RBIs. Ian Kinsler (2 for 4), Adrian Beltre (2 for 4 with 1 run scored) and Nelson Cruz (1 for 3 with a walk) also pitched in for the Rangers with the bats. C.J. Wilson worked the first 5 2/3 innings for the Rangers last night and he gave up 4 hits, 3 runs (all earned) while walking six batters and whiffing 4. He was the losing pitcher for the Rangers. Alexi Ogando worked 1/3 of an inning without giving up any of his own runs. But, Allen Craig of the Cardinals got a hit off of Ogando, which allowed one of Wilson’s runs to score the eventual game winning run. Mike Gonzalez (1/3 of an inning) and Scott (1 2/3 innings) didn’t give up any runs to finish out the game for the Rangers. The Cardinals are up 1-0 in the World Series.

The Texas Rangers add Matt Treanor and drop Koji Uehara from the World Series’ roster

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Playoffs,The World Series by chinmusic on Wednesday 19 October 2011 at 6:23 pm

The Texas Rangers have added 35-year old righty swinging catcher Matt Treanor to the World Series’ roster. He played in 72 games during the regular season for the Royals & Rangers and he was 42 for 196 (.214 avg, .628 OPS) with 24 runs scored, 3 homers, 22 RBIs and 2 stolen bases. Treanor has played in four games in his career in the post-season so far and he is 2 for 10 (.200 avg, .929 OPS) with 3 runs scored, 1 homer and 2 RBIs. Adding Treanor to the roster enables Ron Washington to use Yorvit Torrealba or Mike Napoli (whoever isn’t starting at catcher) as a pinch hitter in this series, giving him a lot more flexibility in this series. 36-year old righty reliever Koji Uehara deserved to get dumped off the roster. He pitched in 3 games (0 starts) for the Rangers in the playoffs and he was 0-0 with a 33.75 ERA and a 5.25 WHIP!

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