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El numero uno.

 

It took a while. Five starts, in fact.

Once Bartolo Colon won his two-hundredth-forty-fifth game on June 30 to tie Dennis Martinez as the all-time leader in wins from a Latin-born player, he has been pitching on fumes.

And those fumes have not been very aromatic.

In those five games, he gave up 22 earned runs in 30.2 innings.

He lost all five.

Most teams would have shut him down and said, Thanks for trying but enough is enough.

But on the Rangers staff, a guy who is 0-5 with an ERA of 6.46 is as close to an ace as they are going to find. So they kept running him out to get that elusive win.

He got it.

It wasn’t pretty. But what do you expect from Colon?

He gave up three runs the first three innings. But his offense went to work and poured on eleven runs, so by the time he left the game, he walked off that field pretty much knowing he had the record.

He said afterwards, “It was a long journey but it finally came. It feels good.”

He was a feel good story for the Rangers to begin the season. Another one of Jon Daniels’s scrap heap pitchers, at least Colon contributed for a time.

After his first eight appearances, his ERA was stellar: 2.82. He was the Rangers most reliable starter.

But reality set in and soon Colon showed signs of the pitcher who was 7-14 with a 6.48 ERA in 2017 that made him so attractive the the Rangers general manager.

So what does Bartolo Colon do for an encore?

He has his sights set on one more milestone: 3507. That’s the record for number of innings pitched by a Latin-born player, held by Hall of Famer Juan Marichal. Colon has 3445.2.

Just 62 more innings to go.

*****
TODAY’S GAME:

Marco Gonzales (12-6, 3.46) vs. Yovani Gallardo (6-1, 6.518)
Game time: 1:05

How the Mariners hit against Gallardo.
How the Rangers hit against Gonzales.

  • elkaba

    I’m very happy for Bartolo. He earned that milestone over many years. I’m glad he arrived at the summit a Texas Ranger. And he wasn’t the only declining pitcher hurling on fumes last night. Another once great arm helped him get his record.

  • grumpyderfsmagic8ball

    I hate Facebook Watch.

    • elkaba

      What is that?

      • grumpyderfsmagic8ball

        The only way you can watch the game today at 1:00 pm

        • elkaba

          Really? That’s terrible. I was actually looking forward to seeing a day game!

          • dearmidol

            Fans can catch the 2:05 p.m. ET contest at http://www.facebook.com/MLBLiveGames or by logging onto Facebook’s MLB Live page from their phones, tablets, smart TVs or other streaming devices. MLB Network will produce the game, which will be called by play-by-play announcer Rich Waltz, analysts David Hulse and Ryan Rowland-Smith, and field reporter Stephen Nelson.

        • grumpyderfsmagic8ball

          Guess I will watch Tx/Ok little league game. Go Texas

  • dearmidol

    Today’s game is at 1:05 not 2:05. Being in the east coast is messing with my time zones.

    • grumpyderfsmagic8ball

      Only on Facebook

  • elkaba

    Stupid question… can you see the game on facebook if you’re not a member?

    • WhoKnowscs

      Don’t think so.

    • grumpyderfsmagic8ball

      Ask a friend who is on FB for their Password. Search mlb live.

    • JacobMcCandles

      Not worth it. Hackers paradise

  • WhoKnowscs

    2-1 Rangers after 1.

    • WhoKnowscs

      after 2.

  • GoRangers23

    I was just kicked off the stupid Facebook live “free” game and I HAVE Facebook. It took me ten minutes of time I don’t have to find it the first time. SO. MUCH. UGH!

  • GoRangers23

    SOOOO FRUSTRATING!

  • WhoKnowscs

    5-1 Rangers after 3.

    • JacobMcCandles

      What’s the synopsis

      • WhoKnowscs

        Gallardo gives up sac fly in top of first. Rangers scrounge 2 in the bottom of the first. Gallo hits 2 run homer in Third. Guzman singles in IKF after a double.

        • JacobMcCandles

          Just pulled it up….Gallo has 30 HRs and 70 RBIs

    • WhoKnowscs

      after 4.

      Gallardo 66 pitches
      Their guy 71 pitches.

  • WhoKnowscs

    Oakland undefeated when leading after the 7th inning? Wow.

  • WhoKnowscs

    Wow.

  • WhoKnowscs

    7-2 after 5. Gallo hit the ball on the wrong end of the bat and still managed a homer into the Wedgey that barely squeaked over. Gallardo gave up a solo homer to Zunino, The other gun was an IKF double, Guzman beating out a weak grounder and then a double play that got the run in.

  • WhoKnowscs

    Gallardo running on fumes.

  • WhoKnowscs

    Gallardo gets Seager to pop out for likely his final out.

  • WhoKnowscs

    Seattle to their pen.

  • WhoKnowscs

    La La gets injured.

  • JacobMcCandles

    Great rundown by Roogie…..allows Elvis to get all the way to third.

    Roogie now at .274
    Alfalfa at .276
    Gallo in top 10 in HRs and RBIs…with less ABs than some

    Want some silver linings….enough youth and talent to build this offense, BP is solid….all about starters….we have enough payroll to buy some starters to go with Minor and ??? Prefer young pitching with control

  • JacobMcCandles

    Profar making it easier to not resign him next yr……wildest arm in the biz

    • GoRangers23

      Yeah, that wasn’t good! I couldn’t see it, but I can still hear it . STUPID FACEBOOK LIVE!!!

    • WhoKnowscs

      When will they realize he can’t play anything but first and second?

  • GoRangers23

    I found the game again, by accident, and was able to see it long enough to hear the Australian announcer say, ” No lead is safe here with the Texas Rangers”. I mean, it’s one thing when WE say it, but it’s a totally different thing for someone else to say that. It just totally rubbed my the wrong way. Lo

  • GoRangers23

    These announcers really like the Mariners. It makes the fact that I can only hear and not see the game so much more delightful. 😭

  • WhoKnowscs

    Banny Management strikes again. instead of letting Claudio try and get the final out he plays MUM and 3 runs(2 hits) happen before the final out. Never mind that the only run at that point Claudio let score was after an error.

    But Rangers have answered with 3 runs of their own so far.

    • WhoKnowscs

      It’s a good thing Mariner’s manager is as bookish as Banny. Both have no real feel for games beyond general rules.

    • JacobMcCandles

      Claudio not as good as ly

      • WhoKnowscs

        True but when pulled the only run ro score happened due to an error because Profar really doesn’t belong at 3rd. He’s the latest version or Tollyson, Dyson, etc.

  • WhoKnowscs

    Facebook people! Ranger fans don’t want to relive recaps of 2011 WS Game 6.

    • GoRangers23

      I switched to the radio because I couldn’t see it anyway. I’m doing much better now. 😄 I would have been listening to Nadel all along if I had known it was still on the radio.

  • WhoKnowscs

    11-6 after 7.

  • WhoKnowscs

    I wish they’d have Harold Reynolds and Colby Lewis like last time.

  • WhoKnowscs

    3 more outs provided we don’t give up 5 runs

  • WhoKnowscs

    Zunino homers again. 4 runs beathing room.

  • WhoKnowscs

    2 outs down.

  • GoRangers23

    Yay!

  • WhoKnowscs

    11-7 game over.

  • JacobMcCandles

    Gallo #1 LH with HRs vs LH pitching