The game started out well for Texas offensively with the red hot josh Hamilton smacking a double. He would be driven in by a Michael Young single. Young was in the lineup tonight not as the DH but would be playing 2nd. Young and Beltre were stranded with Beltre in scoring position by a David Murphy strikeout.
In the bottom of the 5th Ian Kinsler was stranded at 3rd after starting the inning with a double and moved to third on a sacrifice bunt by Elvis Andrus.
The bottom of the 7th the Rangers bats finally showed some life with back to back homeruns by Kinsler and Andrus. It was Andrus first of the year and a strong homerun to left centerfield.
It was in the top of the 7th that Colby Lewis was relieved by Alexi Ogando. Lewis had pitched a wonderful game and the supposed shutdown bullpen was to come on and finish it. Ogando did give up a run on a Dustin Ackley single in the top of the 8th but the game was still 3-1 Rangers.
In the top of the 9th Rangers closer Joe Nathan was brought on to finish the game. Yet Nathan came in flat. Giving up a single and a double to start the inning, with this start he should have been pulled, but Wash wanted to see if he could pitch his way out of it. Instead he gave up a sacrifice fly and double that scored 2 runs and tied the game. He then got Brendan Ryan to strike out swinging, but followed that up a single by John Jaso which drove in the go ahead run.
The Rangers had the bottom of the 9th to tie up the game. Yorvit Torrealba continues in his struggling start to the year and flied out. Moreland who appears to be coming on with his offense reached on a single and Wash brought on Brandon Snyder to pitch run. Ian Kinsler couldn’t connect on a big swing and struck out. Andrus then hit a screamer to Justin Smoak to end the game.
This was the first blown save of the year so far, but more importantly it appeared that Nathan didn’t have over powering stuff. His control wasn’t there and neither was his confidence. If he is to remain the closer he must start acting like a closer, and not a situational right handed relief pitcher.
Today is the final game of the series with the Mariners and will feature Derek Holland on the mound. Tomorrow the Rangers begin a series with the Minnesota Twins.
Shake it off Ranger Nation it’s just one game.
As Always Go Rangers