As Ranger fans continue to mourn the tragic death of Shannon Stone, the game of baseball stops for no one. Last night the Texas Rangers played the second of four games against the Oakland A’s. Both teams wore black ribbons to mourn the loss, and all flags were at half-mast.
In dealing with loss, the only thing I ever want to do is get back to my routine. That is exactly what the boys in Arlington did last night. When presented with an opportunity to take a day off, not a single player took it – including Josh Hamilton.
The Rangers won last night 8 – 5, and did it impressively. At the end of two innings they were up 7 – 1, and C.J. Wilson picked up his ninth win of the season.
CJ pitched well, was able to earn eight strikeouts in the game while walking only three. He allowed five hits and four runs through seven full innings. Tommy Hunter pitched again in relief and was fantastic. Hunter only threw one inning and struck out three, only allowing one walk and no hits. Neftali Feliz threw the ninth inning in a non-save situation. Feliz gave up a walk, a hit, and a run to close out the game.
Tonight’s offensive hero was Mike Napoli, Napoli was 3-for-4 with a grand slam and two runs scored. Eric Nadel said on the radio broadcast that “Napoli is very much a streak hitter, and it looks like he may be in one of those now.” Let’s all hope so. Josh Hamilton was 1-for-5 with a run scored, and the game featured an RBI Yorvit Torrealba. Ian Kinsler and Adrian Beltre each had solo home-runs in the game.
The Rangers will earn their days off soon enough, as the All-Star break is just around the corner. News came through today that Alex Rodriguez will not be playing in the game; this will move Adrian Beltre to starter. Also keep an eye on the Futures game tomorrow afternoon – Jurickson Profar and Martin Perez will both be representing the Rangers.
Don’t worry about our coverage slowing down next week without games; we have a full week planned. Check back often!