Good morning all of you websurfers that are my friends. Sorry for the late jump this morning but I’m just running behind.
Maybe because it’s Thursday, but since we are celebrating a holiday on Saturday, it’s like friday to me since I have tomorrow off. YAY!
Let me also take a moment to wish all of you a happy 4th of July! It’s our nation’s birthday!!!
Can I also take a moment to say thank you so much for reading this here ol blog? Thanks so much to you readers. Our readership continues to climb! OK, so much for all of the sentimental stuff, let’s get down to it shall we?
From the DMN
The Rangers win the series against the Angels and are now 1/2 game back. LAA plays Baltimore on Thursday, so that half-game will be erased one way or the other. That was one of the craziest games I’ve ever seen. View the replay of Wednesday’s in-game chat here.
(photo by Michael Ainsworth/DMN)
• Ninth inning. The Angels get three runs off Frank Francisco on a 3-run homer with two outs. Then the Rangers somehow hung in and won the game in the 9th on a walkoff homer by Hank Blalock.
• Why didn’t the Angels walk Blalock? Borbon or a pinch hitter behind him.
• Sixth inning. Was that the inning that gets the offense going? Rangers got 5 runs — none of them off homers. It started with a Marlon Byrd walk, a guy who doesn’t walk much, and then added a double, four singles, a strikeout that was not an out and some aggressive baserunning. Is the offense coming out of this slump?
• Kevin Millwood. Did he secure his All-Star bid tonight? The line doesn’t look great, but he outpitched Jered Weaver, another possible All-Star, and has led this team’s rotation.
• Jarrod Saltalamacchia. He made the key play in the seventh inning throwing to second base to get Vlad Guerrero stealing with runners on the corners and the Angels already with three runs in.
• Chris Davis. Could his single in the fourth get him going? He had a nice single to right to score a run with two outs.
• Julio Borbon. He came in to pinch hit for Nelson Cruz after Cruz was taken out in the sixth with a stiff lower back. Borbon got a single to drive in a run. He showed his speed by going to second on the throw back in. He did have an error in the seventh as he looked up before the ball hit his glove on a single, but he sure did show what he could bring at the top of the lineup.
• Darren O’Day. He came in to a tough situation and got out of it. That’s what he’s done since he arrived off waivers from the Mets this season.
• C.J. Wilson. After he threw 27 pitches last night, Washington brought him in anyway. And it paid off. Wilson gave up a single, but then struck out the next three hitters in order in the eighth to preserve a 3-run lead.
• Frank Francisco. He’s not ready for back-to-back work. We’ll talk more about that later.