Thursday, August 3, 2006

chase is on... rangers try to choke

Chase Utley singled in the first inning of tonight's game against the Cardinals, extending his hitting streak to 35 games. Utley's streak is tied for the sixth-longest ever in the National League with Fred Clarke (1895) and Luis Castillo (2002). It also tied Castillo's major league record for a second baseman.

Speaking of hitting streaks, Vladimir Guerrero of the Angels has a 42 game hitting streak against the Rangers... and who do the Rangers play in a 4-game series starting tonight? Vlad's Angels. Guerrero has hit safely in all 42 games he has played versus Texas, batting .440 (73-for-166) with 14 homers, 33 RBIs and 35 runs.
Update: Vlad homered in the bottom of the 4th to extend the hit streak to 43 games against the Rangers.

The Rangers tried to give this one away tonight, giving up a 4 run lead with two outs in the bottom of the 8th, ruining a great performance by Kevin Milwood. Fortunately Mark Teixeira bailed the Rangers out with a game-winning homerun in the top of the 12th.

A great play and possibly the biggest play of the game was by GMJ in the bottom of the 6th, throwing out Cabrera at the plate who was trying to score from second on a single by Garret Anderson.

Interesting Rangers stats of the night:
The Rangers out-hit the Angels 16-9 while having to win 7-6 in extra innings.
Runners LOB: Rangers - 9, Angels - 4; RISP LOB, 2-out: Rangers - 5, Angels - 1.
Ian Kinsler stole 3 bases, almost half of his total of 7 for the year.
The Rangers outfield leads the AL in assists with 27.
Garret Anderson has more RBI against the Rangers than any active player... 124.

On a rather random note... they're cracking down on cleavage in the Arlington ISD.

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