The comeback kids. 339 comments


Rangers rookie Ronald Guzman connects for his first major league home run.

Finally, after eleven attempts at erasing a deficit, the Rangers do it in a huge way, digging themselves out of a 5-0 hole against last season’s best team in baseball.

And the kids led the way. The big heroes were fresh-off-the-minor-league-bus in Ronald Guzman and Isiah Kiner-Falefa.

The two newly-minted rookies collected their first major league hits each on Friday, then slugged their first major league home runs each on Saturday.

They were big.

Down 5-0 to Charlie Morton who, up until that point, had an ERA of 0.00 and had cruised through the first four innings, the Rangers Kiner-Falefa led off the fifth with a homer to left. But this was typical Rangers 2018. Get buried early. Score a token run. Go home.

Maybe because a few of these rookies haven’t been indoctrinated with the Rangers Way, things might be different.

The elder statesman Adrian Beltre hit his first home run of the year in the sixth to chip away 5-2. Solo home runs have been the only scoring devise the Rangers have at their disposal.

Then in the eighth, perpetual prospect Jurickson Profar doubled. Joey Gallo homered and suddenly it’s 5-4 and the impossible seemed within reach.

Two batters later, it happened. Ronald Guzman reached the right field bleachers with his first home run as a big leaguer, to tie the game 5-5.

But the Rangers had tied the previous game and then blown it with a critical error. So it was just a matter of time before they found a way to give the game away.

The Astros, though, couldn’t go ahead on a two-out double in the bottom of the eighth. They stranded a two-out walk in the bottom of the ninth.

Then in the top of the tenth the Rangers did something more rare than Haley’s Comet on Leap Year Day with a full moon over Sasquatch. They scored without hitting a home run. And it put them ahead in a game they were previously losing. The Rapture is near.

After a Profar walk and a Gallo double, the Astros intentionally walked Beltre to bring up Ronald Guzman, too new to realize runners in scoring position is where the Rangers are supposed to break their fans’ hearts.

He singled to score Profar and give the Rangers a 6-5 lead. (NOTE TO RANGERS FANS: A “lead” is the situation where one team has scored at least one or more runs than its opponent.)

Houston threatened by getting the first two on in the bottom of the tenth, but the Rangers held them there.

And held on to the win. (NOTE TO RANGERS FAN: A “win” is the situation where after the regulation game has been completed one team has scored more runs than its opponent. That team is credited with a “win.”)

It snapped a five-game losing streak and, more importantly, a streak of not being able to win a game in which they trailed.

It was the kids. Gumzan and Kiner-Falefa are just 23. They came up together. Got their first hits in the same game together. Homered in the same game together. And now they helped the Rangers avoid their worst start in franchise history together.

It might be fun watching the kids play.

*****
TODAY’S GAME:

Bartolo Colon (0-0, 1.64) vs. Justin Verlander (2.0, 1.45)
Game time: 7:08

How the Rangers hit against Verlander.
How the Astros hit against Colon.

 

  • azrangerfan

    I would like to add that I believe many people forget how young Profar is because it seems like he has been around forever. Profar is only 25. I know that some people here seem to have a lot of hate for him. Yep he has had many chances before and hasn’t been able to take control. How many players don’t mature until they are a little older than 20 or 21 or 23. Heck how many never see the bigs until their 23 or 24? As far as Profar goes we need to remember his career was sidetracked with an injury. He has EA occupying the spot in front of him at SS and has generally been jerked around moving from position to position, playing one day, not the next, then the next and so on. I’m not ready to proclaim that he is the saviour here to take the team from the deep cellar to the world series. With that said I’m not ready to throw him out with the trash. What would have happened if Nelson Cruz was thrown out with the trash at age 25. Some just mature into their own a little later.

    I am a Ranger fan and I will be pulling for Profar to make it good if for no other reason than to give this team something worth trading at the deadline. I would prefer him to finally prove he belongs and become one of the blocks the team can rebuild around.

    Sorry for the rant, just not giving up on Profar just yet.

    • possumrld

      I totally agree, aza! Among that number, Chris Davis was also over 25 when he finally figured it out. And look at Justin Smoak now, among others. I tend to think that we as fans, who have high expectations for an up and coming player, often get impatient much too quickly when those expectations aren’t realized as soon as we think they should have been realized.
      Profar has a very tough couple of years with 2 or 3 major setbacks. So may take him awhile to get back to where he was, and push beyond that point. The main reason I have hope for him, is that he is very selective at the plate, and he fouls a lot of borderline pitches off.
      So eventually, i think with more playing time, now, he will improve his pitch recognition even more, and start connecting with some of those balls that have previously been foul balls.
      And i also think the increase in his playing time will help his defense as well.

    • dearmidol

      I don’t think Profar is trade bait. If Elvis opts out at the end of the year, and with Boras as his agent it’s about 99.99% likely, Profar will be the Rangers’ starting shortstop.

    • WhoKnowscs

      It Took Elvis until he was 28-29.

    • JacobMcCandles

      profarless is bust

    • Gregor_S

      I’m with you AZ, we won’t really know what Profar can do offensively or defensively until he has some regular playing time at a regular position, which he will probably get over the next couple of months. The one area where I think we already know he won’t measure up to Elvis is baserunning. He’s just not very fast (and so far doesn’t seem to have great baserunning instincts, though that part could change). Back when Elvis couldn’t hit for power his baserunning somewhat made up for it. But if Profar turns out to be a decent hitter and fielder I don’t see that as a deal-breaker, especially in this era when stolen bases are out of favor.

      • JacobMcCandles

        He has 800 plate apperances…and a multitude of games….how much more do you need to see? Just asking.

        • Gregor_S

          Just agree with the others that in the past he’s played irregularly at different positions so he may have been uncomfortable in the field and had trouble getting his timing down at the plate. But I also agree that the odds are against him, especially because as I remember he seemed to strike out a lot. Still, he’s got two months now at the position he’s played the most. If he flops this time I won’t need to see any more.

          • JacobMcCandles

            Yep….I’m on the Jake island…..think they call it the island of misfits

  • possumrld

    Note to Kevin – Wed as Rangers fans know all about what a “lead” is. We just aren’t too familiar with a “Rangers Lead”! 🙂
    Seven Observations.
    1. Maybe the Rangers needed to be shaken up a bit.
    2. Without Joey Gallo, this team would be way further into nowhere than they already are.
    3. Profar may still have some life in him. His defense hasn’t been stellar, but he has shown improvements at the plate, and he sees a lot of pitches.
    4. Get Beltre and Choo hitting like they can, and who knows?
    5. Get some of these young guys playing well, and who knows?
    6. Rua got a couple of hits last night, but unless the “R & R twins”t (Rua and Robinson) step their game up significantly, and with some consistency, eventually the Rangers front office is going to have to eventually admit defeat, and give one or both of them their walking papers.
    7. Wouldn’t it be great if when Odor finally gets healed up, Kiner-Falefa, Guzmasn and Profar were playing so well, Odor became the off of bench guy?

    • Rowdy Yates

      Unfortunately Poss the FO is paying Stinky a lot of money and the other guys next to nothing. Stinky is going to play no matter how bad that play is.

      • possumrld

        Yeah, I pretty much know that, Rowdy. But I guess I also tend to be a wishful thinker.

        • Rowdy Yates

          “Wishful thinker” is this years’ definition of a Texas Rangers fan.

          • possumrld

            lol! For sure, Rowdy!

    • dearmidol

      I like your observations, poss. When a team is playing as bad as the Rangers, it needs to be shaken up. In on field personnel, dugout personnel, front office personnel. It was a totally system failure. Gallo might not ever hit for average, but he can still be useful hitting 40 home runs a year like a lot of one-sided sluggers have been. I will cheer for Profar because there’s little else to cheer for. A lot of players have had one great game, though. Let’s see some consistency. He is being given that chance. Rua has been, too. This is evaluation time. Trouble is, I don’t trust the people doing he evaluating.

      • WhoKnowscs

        You last statement is the real sentiment. JD brought the team to this point through many bad trades and bad signings. Plus he focused on Odor playing every game because he just signed his contract(last year) over playing those best able to play. Do we trust him to rebuild?

        • possumrld

          Prob’ly not

      • possumrld

        I am in total agreement with you all points there, Kev!

  • dearmidol

    Well, this slipped my mind. I want to gauge interest in an other RR3 day at the Ballpark. I know the team might not be doing the best, but maybe these young kids can give us a reason for some excitement. Let me know if you are interested and I will start trying to line up a date that works.

    Thanks.

    • Consternationreigns

      I’m up for that if some kind soul would be willing to pay my way and offer up their guest room for a few nights.But keep in mind please,that I don’t like to be disturbed before 11 : )

      • JacobMcCandles

        Stay with me…case of Moosehead is the tag….and I don’t get up till 1

    • TD30

      The TD family would love to come again. Keep me posted when a date gets set.

    • GoRangers23

      I’ll be there. Either with Mr Go, or a son.

  • Tony Howell

    Yes we won a game yesterday, Rangers are still 8 games back of two very good teams. Don’t ever trust the FO odor is going to play no matter what. Now that goes back to one of the main problems JD will not admitt his mistakes. I don’t know if Guzman belongs here or not, but Gallo is getting the wrong end of the stick Gallo has earned And played well enough to be the rangers 1st baseman going forward. Not good to take a young player and jerk him all over the field. IMO 1st is Gallo natural position.

    • dearmidol

      I assume the plan has always been for Gallo to play first until Beltre is traded, then he shifts to third.

      Odor will play no matter what. He will bat .185 with an OBP of .240. He will be an offensive and defensive liability. But he will hit 25 home runs or more and that is, for some reason, all he needs to do to keep a job.

  • JacobMcCandles

    Profarless has been to the plate close to 800 times in his career. The reason to not expect any improvement is that he has actually digressed. Seems to have zero work ethic and now even has become a liability in the field. Trash days are Tues and Friday where I live….Good bye, Good riddance.

    • dearmidol

      That made me laugh.

    • azrangerfan

      I am sorry Jake. I wasn’t aware that he has zero work ethic. I’m sure you know that based on a good authority. Yes I did see his throwing error Friday night and his 2 dropped pop ups yesterday. I guess you’ve never had a few bad days where things just didn’t go your way. I’m not saying he’s a bust or the next great player. I’m saying he’ still young in BB life, has been jerked around and that I’m willing to let him have some more rope. Good bye, Good riddance.

      • JacobMcCandles

        Am I going out with the trash? My authority is simply for the most part an opinion like yours…and with a little more statistical backup. One thing that I vehementally disagree with though is that he has been “jerked around”
        Its a tough sport and you are paid to produce,,,,bad few days? 800 ABs across 6 years equals more….I of course hope that I am wrong.

        • possumrld

          Actually Jake, many of those at bats have been sporadic, with not much continuity in games played. His rookie seaosn probably saw the most play without being benched, but even that was quite limited. And “stats” are not always a gauge of what may happen. They only show what has happened. And since Profar is only 25, I think you may be bit rough on him. Maybe it is starting to come together for him now.
          Time will indeed tell, and stranger things have most certainly happened. I remember many had already written Gallo off, and many players have come into their own at 25 or 26, or even later. And realistically, Profar could well do the same thing. Granted the odds are more against it than for it at this point. But just because you have written him off, and in no uncertain terms, doesn’t necessarily mean Profar is automatically a lost cause.

          • JacobMcCandles

            Of course. I just disagree with the premise that he has not received a legit shot, or that we have somehow mistreated him and thats why he is failing. Have others matured at an older age…certainly but its prob a 500-1 shot not…IMHO

          • possumrld

            { agree Jake! My point is,Profar has never had a season, or even 1/4th of a seaosn to be a starter every day. But I do agree with you about the odds of his becoming a star now being fairly slim. I might would even give it a 100 to 1 shot, but those are still very slim odds.

          • JacobMcCandles

            Split the difference….300-1 lo😎

          • possumrld

            Done! 🙂

          • dearmidol

            One could argue that he has never had an extended chance because almost every time he has been given a chance he’s failed.

          • possumrld

            Hmmm. I seem to remember early in his career that Profar was always the come off the bench guy, and never a starter, and then he was injured for most of the other two seasons, before last season. And by then, he had certainly regressed., and he sure as heck wasn’t going to be starting over Odor, or Elvis.
            So to my memory, this is the first time Profar has ever really been like a starter, and where he isn’t being told after starting just two or three of games, “Sorry kid, but not today.”
            But agree or disagree about Profar’s potential,, this stretch most certainly should tell us if he is going to “do” it his time, or if he will quietly go ahead and just “die”, as the more popular opinion seems to be..

        • Rowdy Yates

          He hasn’t had 800 ABs in 6 yrs. He’s had 664 ABs thru yesterday. In 2014 or ’15 he was recovering from an injury so bad many folks thought he’d never suit up again and didn’t play at all.

          Like you I’m not real high on him, particularly what appears to be a lackadaisical attitude toward the game. But I don’t see writing him off two weeks into the 1st extended and regular playing time he’s ever had at MLB level.

          • JacobMcCandles

            Factor in walks and such….guess I should’ve said plate appearances….and I’m basing it on his career not just ty….although he certainly seems to be getting worse. Trust me I hope I’m VERY wrong

  • JacobMcCandles

    ******Trivia******

    There is one active player that has played at Minute Maid park and the Astrodome. Name them.

    • JacobMcCandles

      Oops and one pitcher

      • Rod Harper

        Colon and Beltre?

        • JacobMcCandles

          Double Ceegar

          • dearmidol

            Colon played at Ebbets Field.

  • JacobMcCandles

    Gallo has the avg up to.212 Lo . but is tied with leaders with HRs and RBIs if we had a good team
    …that would be totally acceptable. On this team….toss up

    • possumrld

      Gallo’s numbers might be better if he had some help, in front of, and especially behind him.

  • TD30
    • GoRangers23

      I cannot believe that he is being put on the 60 day DL for a blister!

      • FlappingGums

        Who is?

        • GoRangers23

          Lincecum

          • dearmidol

            Wow what a disaster.

          • GoRangers23

            It makes me think that maybe he doesn’t actually want to pitch. He has had blisters before. You would think that in this day and age they would have something that prevents blisters, and he would already know what to do to keep from getting them. It’s bewildering.

          • FlappingGums

            Oh! Thank you! That’s a tad wild.

  • TD30
    • FlappingGums

      Thank ypu, TD!

  • JacobMcCandles
  • JacobMcCandles

    Cha ching….Jake’s got Indy over Cleve for the series…..beat Cavs at home twice

  • Rowdy Yates

    Chuckle … the ESPN guy just called Bani “Brian Banister”. Not a good sign for Bani.

    • dearmidol

      Poor Jimmy Banister. He gets no respect.

    • grumpyderfsmagic8ball

      Guys like two drunk college kids. Glad thats over.

  • GoRangers23

    Nice that Matt Vasgersian is calling this game. We must be a highlighted game for today, with Justin V against Bartolo.

    • FlappingGums

      Matty V has been good in games I’ve heard him call.

      • GoRangers23

        Yes, I love it when he calls games. It’s hard to tell who he is rooting for because he is equally excited about everything good that happens in the game. I like that!….But not if it is our own announcers who are announcing our own games. I want to reach through the tv and choke Dave sometimes because he is so very excited that the other team got a hit. Grrrrrrr!

    • GoRangers23

      At Bat claims that “this is a matchup to watch no matter what decade.”

  • Rowdy Yates

    Was gonna say I thought Adrian’s ball would be off or over the wall with the roof closed and the announcer beat me to it. Oh well …

  • Rowdy Yates

    Beltre’s still got the reflexes!

    • GoRangers23

      Yeah, he does!

    • FlappingGums

      I was thinking the same thing!!😀

    • Gregor_S

      At bat too. Verlander couldn’t throw it past him.

  • Rowdy Yates

    ESPN … stop with the ARod nonsense in the middle of the game.

    • GoRangers23

      I totally agree!

    • FlappingGums

      Yes, please.

  • Rowdy Yates

    Cheerios!!!!!

  • GoRangers23

    Go Robinson!!

  • FlappingGums

    GOOD ONE RC!! 😁

  • WhoKnowscs

    More importantly we scored first.

  • dearmidol

    Rangers are heading to the playoffs.

    • WhoKnowscs

      Okay JD.

    • WhoKnowscs

      Which year?

  • Rowdy Yates

    I guess the game is too boring for the announcers to talk about anymore. So much more interesting to talk about peripheral stuff that has nada to do with what’s happening on the field.

    • FlappingGums

      Yep.😕

    • dearmidol

      The ESPN Sunday announcers suck. It’s about everything but the game.

  • Rowdy Yates

    Sorry putz but it’s nothing like Steph Curry. It’s like Hoyt Wilhelm.

  • dearmidol

    Is this the day the Rangers win two in a row?

    • GoRangers23

      Sure, why not? 😄

      • dearmidol

        Exactly. But they are playing the best team ever of all time.

        • GoRangers23

          HA! It’s a good thing that this is baseball then. 😄

        • Rowdy Yates

          Thanks for that into Jake!

    • Rowdy Yates

      The odds are they will eventually win two in a row so why not tonight!

      • dearmidol

        I picked it to happen in July. I might be wrong.

        • GoRangers23

          But by complete and total accident, and about everything possible going wrong, we have a pretty good team out on the field now. 😄

          • dearmidol

            I have always like Guzman. He seems to be a pure hitter.

          • GoRangers23

            That’s good! We need him!

        • JacobMcCandles

          2019 though

  • JacobMcCandles

    You have to marvel at both these pitchers….Verlander has 10 seasons of 200+ innings pitched. And Colon, if he wins will be the first pitcher to win for 11 teams. Colon throws nothing that doesn’t look hittable yet very deceptive with location….a true artist.

    • dearmidol

      I agree. Colon is amazing. Like Mariano Rivera. You know exactly what is coming but you still can’t hit it.

  • JacobMcCandles

    Thanks Ump

  • dearmidol

    Wow, thanks.

  • dearmidol

    I am calling 3-0 here.

  • GoRangers23

    Come on Joey, put it right over that stupid shift!

  • dearmidol

    Or not.

    • GoRangers23

      Poo!

      • JacobMcCandles

        Step in some?

  • Rowdy Yates

    Ump giveth and he taketh away

  • JacobMcCandles

    Another great thing about BB…guys like Colon facing Altuve……Big Sexy vs Mighty Mite

    • FlappingGums

      Lol!!

  • GoRangers23

    You GO Bartolo!

  • JacobMcCandles

    Nice glove….weary of Altuve….no HRs yet

  • JacobMcCandles

    This Ump likes us!!

  • Rowdy Yates

    Hah …. don’t see that reaction very often from Altuve.

    • JacobMcCandles

      Yep….frustrated .350 hitter……LO

  • FlappingGums

    Excellent, Colon!

  • GoRangers23

    The mighty Texas Rangers….ya gotta love em! 😄

    • FlappingGums

      I totally agree!

      • GoRangers23

        How are you doing tonight Flap?

        • FlappingGums

          Pretty good, thank you for asking? How are you doing tonight, Go?

          • GoRangers23

            Just great! 😁. Enjoying this game so far.

  • JacobMcCandles

    Oooooh…..RC just missed another

  • GoRangers23

    That close-up of Altuve spitting through this teeth was almost 3-D-ish. It was like we were right there. Ha!

  • JacobMcCandles

    Only 1 hit…..great game,,,,,

  • Rowdy Yates

    It isn’t “road to hoe” it’s “row to hoe”.

    • GoRangers23

      Apparently they have never gardened. Lo

  • JacobMcCandles

    Colon is perplexing Houston

    • FlappingGums

      I love it!

  • Rowdy Yates

    Good thing Guzman’s tall.

    • Gregor_S

      And good thing Gallo called Profar off on that popup. Not sure I’d want Profar at SS in a possible perfect game.

    • GoRangers23

      He’s doing really well at first. I was pretty mad when they took Joey off, but Guzman might be better there.

      • Rowdy Yates

        Gallo himself said Guzman is one of the best 1st basemen he’s ever seen. But they are tight buddies.

        • JacobMcCandles

          I think the biggest part is Gallo is more versatile, whereas Guz plays 1B strictly

        • GoRangers23

          Yep, and if it helps the team, I’m all for the switch.

  • JacobMcCandles

    Another bad play by Profarless…..lucky, nice by Guzman

  • Rowdy Yates

    That’ woulda been an error not a hit doofus . So no hitter would still be.

  • GoRangers23

    It is pretty exciting that the alerts coming from At Bat are for us for a change. Refresh Thanks Bartolo!

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/594b4e8f1ecd79b71e1fa6e523ec3e969e51d1f6ae68d2628e3a09cc7e9ca3eb.jpg

    • FlappingGums

      WoW!!!

  • Rowdy Yates

    Choo is like the little girl with the curl. When he’s good he’s very, very good but when he’s bad he horrid. Right now he’s horrid.

  • JacobMcCandles

    IDK how much more I can watch of Profarless…..isnt Rosy available? LO

  • JacobMcCandles

    A player on 2B

    • FlappingGums

      Huh?

      • GoRangers23

        I was thinking the same thing.

        • JacobMcCandles

          Haha……after watching Odor and Profar…we are seeing some good defense…..haha

          • GoRangers23

            I think he’s going to be a really good player. I’m excited about him.

  • JacobMcCandles

    Banny is itching to take him out

    • Gregor_S

      Banny is rooting for an Astros hit so he can. Gotta preserve Bartolo’s arm so he can pitch til he’s 48.

      • JacobMcCandles

        LOLA

  • Rowdy Yates

    Rangers ….. PLEASE get some runs. It would be a shame to lose this Colon masterpiece not matter what happens with the no hitter.

  • isittime

    Wow! What a catch

  • Tony Howell

    Kid playing 2nd looks real good

    • JacobMcCandles

      Yepper

      • Rowdy Yates

        Last decent defensive guy at 2B for the Rangers was Kinsler. So it’s been awhile for Rangers’ fans.

        • GoRangers23

          Yep

  • Rowdy Yates

    Don’t think he had to jump for that ball. Hotdog

    • isittime

      Made it look good

    • GoRangers23

      Yes, but the slow motion hair shot was awesome! 😎 ha!

  • GoRangers23

    That was quite a catch!

  • Rowdy Yates

    Make is 2-0 Joey!!!

  • GoRangers23

    “The Big Sexy watch” lol

    • JacobMcCandles

      Turning in the Gentry and Mark Harmon PJs….LO

      • GoRangers23

        Mark Harmon is for Elk, NOT ME!!! Ewwww.

      • GoRangers23

        That’s was a quote from Matty V.

  • JacobMcCandles

    Wow…nice catch

  • JacobMcCandles

    IDK who is pitching better…but we are winning

    • Rowdy Yates

      SHHHHHHHHH!!!!

      • GoRangers23

        😅.

    • isittime

      I’d live to see him pull off the no no

      • JacobMcCandles

        Never seen one live…..Scary saw two

        • isittime

          Me either. Closest I witnessed was dervish’s almost until he was undone by Gonzales in the 9th with 2 outs

          • JacobMcCandles

            He saw Ryan and a little known player Ken Forsch….ironically, Kens brother also threw a no no……he said he saw Ryan pitch about 50 times

          • isittime

            I saw him opening day once in the old park. Had great seats. Was warming up right in front of us

          • JacobMcCandles

            Scare had season tickets for Stros and Rangers

      • GoRangers23

        That would be a win for the ages!

  • Rowdy Yates

    Would be nice to see just one throw by Profar that the 1st baseman didn’t have to make a good play on it for the catch.
    Yaaaay … just saw one. Thanks

  • JacobMcCandles

    This is the inning for Stros…get thru this gravy

  • GoRangers23

    I’m very proud of you big guy!

    We are trending on TWITTER!! How exciting!! Lol

  • JacobMcCandles

    Stros aggressiveness is helpin Big Sexy

  • JacobMcCandles

    Cmon Banny we have very little to be happy about let the man finish

  • GoRangers23

    Alright Robinson, put it over the fence again!

  • GoRangers23

    Oh my. Almost where Elvis got hit.

    • Gregor_S

      I don’t think it was but it almost looked more intentional. No chance to get out of the way.

      • JacobMcCandles

        He swung into it no intention IMO

      • GoRangers23

        Justin was shaking his head, so I don’t think it was intentional, but I could be wrong.

  • JacobMcCandles

    What a contrast in pitching….best game of the year

  • JacobMcCandles

    Colon alone on the bench…lol

    • GoRangers23

      Smiling and chewing his gum. So great!

    • Rowdy Yates

      That’s the old superstition still in effect.

      • JacobMcCandles

        For the love of the game!!!

  • JacobMcCandles

    Rounder Vets….how many perfect games have there been? Dozen?

    • dearmidol

      21.

      • JacobMcCandles

        Really…wow

      • Gregor_S

        I saw the last two innings of Larsen’s but I was 6 years old, just home after school, and didn’t really get what was happening. Haven’t come close to seeing one since.

        • Rowdy Yates

          I saw it too on our black and white 12″ TV screen.

          • Gregor_S

            It’s available on DVD now, except the top of the 1st is lost. Watched it, loved seeing those two great teams again. Snider hit a long drive that was just foul.

          • Rowdy Yates

            After that game the Yankees did a Far East tour and stopped on Guam where my dad was stationed. I got to sit in the dugout because Billy Martin was a good buddy of an officer who worked for Dad. Sat between Whitey Ford and Jim Turley and got several autographs in the game program. I’m guessing it may be the only program of that game in existence today.

        • JacobMcCandles

          And that was a WS right?

          • Gregor_S

            Yep, only no-hitter or perfecto in WS.

          • JacobMcCandles

            No, Halladay had one

          • dearmidol

            In the playoffs.

          • JacobMcCandles

            Yes….oh he did say WS…my malo

          • dearmidol

            Halliday’swas a no hitter, not perfect game

    • Rowdy Yates

      I’d guess lots more. Maybe 75 or so?

    • isittime

      I thought it was in the 20’s . 21 or 22

      • Rowdy Yates

        Wikipedia says 23.

        • isittime

          Just missed

  • isittime

    Damn!

  • dearmidol

    Oh well.

  • dearmidol

    Still a no-hitter.

  • isittime

    Get the dp

  • GoRangers23

    Awww, that’s too bad!

  • JacobMcCandles

    Wonder who is the oldest pitcher to get a nono…prob Nolan

  • dearmidol

    Oh no.

  • WhoKnowscs

    I blame hitting Robbie.

  • JacobMcCandles

    Per TD…CRAPBALLS

    • TD30

      Yeah, I’m switching between the game and the ACM awards. I just flipped over to see that mess 🙄

      • JacobMcCandles

        HA

  • GoRangers23

    Tocci…..

    • GoRangers23

      Oh good, he dropped it on the transfer. Whew!

  • JacobMcCandles

    Will he get the catch

  • isittime

    Drew needs a lot more work out there

    • dearmidol

      Yes he does.

      • dearmidol

        Wait, it’s Tocci.

        • isittime

          Thought it was Robinson

    • WhoKnowscs

      Isn’t that Tocci?

      • isittime

        Yeah. I missed that myself.

  • WhoKnowscs

    Okay Bart. You can stay in the rotation.

  • Rowdy Yates

    Bani’s happy now. Got Colon out of the game so he can show what a great manager he is of the BP.

    • GoRangers23

      😩😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭

  • JacobMcCandles

    great performance Stro fans gave him a hand….classy

  • Gregor_S

    Jeez, if Bartolo’s gonna lose this game let him lose it himself. Don’t bring in a reliever who can give up the go-ahead run that would be charged to him. And Banny, he hasn’t even thrown 100 pitches.

    • dearmidol

      Yes but this is the bullshit that happens now.

      • Gregor_S

        Just crazy. If the “logic” is to preserve the pitcher’s arm why apply to someone who’s 45?

        • JacobMcCandles

          And only 96 pitches

      • isittime

        I get the match ups, but sometimes you have to let pitchers pitch. Colon was dealing and still came back and got outs after they broke up the no no. Give the man a chance to get the w by finishing the inning.

    • TD30

      90 is the new 100, haven’t you heard?

    • Rowdy Yates

      Bani considers anything over 65 as dangerous.

  • WhoKnowscs

    If the inherited runner scores Banny won’t hear the end of this.

    • GoRangers23

      We thought he wouldn’t hear the end of lots of things last year, and yet, it continues.

    • isittime

      I’de like to see him finish the inning

  • Rowdy Yates

    K him Claudio.

  • JacobMcCandles

    Rare to see AB fall asleep…prob safe anyway

  • Rowdy Yates

    So Choo is now 0 for 26. That’s like a week without a hit.

    • isittime

      That hurts.

      • Rowdy Yates

        Don’t know how Banister can keep a guy who’s 0 – 26 in the lead off spot who hasn’t had a hit over that span.

        • isittime

          Hard to cash in runs that way

  • isittime

    I like that 2 strike approach

  • GoRangers23

    Good job Maz!

  • Rowdy Yates

    Make it ‘Beltre Time’ Adrian!

  • Rowdy Yates

    Please bring Claudio out again Bani.

    • Gregor_S

      He did. Just didn’t let him pitch.

    • WhoKnowscs

      The Astros pinch hit, here comes Bush, or Jepsen(Gameday says Jepsen, MattV said Bush)

      • Gregor_S

        Bush hasn’t done well in high-pressure 9th inning situations. Hope it’s not him. Oh now they’re saying it’s Kela, which is a little better, maybe.

        • Gregor_S

          I guess when they’re all wearing 42 it’s hard to tell Bush from Kela.

  • GoRangers23

    These last two or three games have certainly been a surprise. Who would have thought that we would have witnessed such a game last week? So fun!

  • JacobMcCandles

    Nadel and deck time with Bud Lites and my manly right to pee outdoors….later Rounders…..TX played Stros tough in this series.

    • GoRangers23

      Night

  • GoRangers23

    Come on Kela, get them out.

  • Rowdy Yates

    Jeeeeezzzz …. Claudio couldn’t have done this or better????

    • GoRangers23

      I would definitely have been more comfortable with Claudio.

  • Gregor_S

    Say what you will about ARod he does know the game. A little surprised he’s become a broadcaster. Don’t think he needs the money.

    • Rowdy Yates

      But he does need the Redemption.

  • GoRangers23

    Wow! I do not believe we got out of that!

  • Rowdy Yates

    These last two games have been MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL GAMES!

  • GoRangers23
  • GoRangers23

    Good hit Joey!

  • GoRangers23

    Great hit Guzman!

  • isittime

    Cheerios!

  • GoRangers23

    YAAAAAAAAAAY!! GO Robby!!

  • Rowdy Yates

    That was SWEET Robbie!

  • isittime

    Terrible bunt. Got to go to 3rd

  • GoRangers23

    Robinson is tough!

  • WhoKnowscs

    That was Close, Tocci almost had number 1.

  • Rod Harper

    How would you grade A-Rod’s commentary on Sunday Night Baseball?

    • GoRangers23

      I honestly haven’t heard most of what he has said. I watch Hot Stove, so I hear it when Matt talks, but I just tune out everyone else, for some reason.

    • isittime

      He’s ok. Does know the game.

      • Rowdy Yates

        Yep. He has some insights but he’s boring to me. But I’m prejudiced because I don’t like the guy. Another Damn cheater.

    • Gregor_S

      Well it’s ARod and people have strong feelings about him but I think if you tune that out he’s shown he really knows the game, as I said earlier.

  • GoRangers23

    Tocci almost got it out!

  • isittime

    Choo’s do!

    • WhoKnowscs

      Soon. Making good contact again.

  • Rod Harper

    Not far enough for Cheerios to take off to third!

  • WhoKnowscs

    I’m going with number 42 to get the job done.

  • WhoKnowscs

    Diekman coming in for 2 and then?

  • Rod Harper

    Let’s get these 3 outs and win our first series of the year!

  • GoRangers23

    What happened? My tv recording turned off and I completely missed it.

    • isittime

      I missed it to. Channels switched to crap my kids were recording then lost signal when I switched back. Ugh

      • GoRangers23

        Ha! That happens to me all the time.

      • WhoKnowscs

        Chirinos 2 run double. Now Diekman closing gave up a lead off single.

        • isittime

          Saw the double missed choos ab

          • GoRangers23

            Me too

          • WhoKnowscs

            Choo flew out.

          • GoRangers23

            Thanks

          • JacobMcCandles

            Bet his arms were tired

  • isittime

    That was an excuse me hit if I ever seen one

  • Rowdy Yates

    Bani if you throw enough pitchers out there eventually one of ’ems gonna suck.

  • JacobMcCandles

    C’mon Diek…..no play, at least see if it will go foul

  • isittime

    Get a dp and let’s get out of here

  • Rod Harper

    DP time!

  • JacobMcCandles

    Umps love us tonight

  • Rod Harper

    Get one more, Dieks!

  • JacobMcCandles

    Ratro Gastro

  • GoRangers23

    Wow.

  • isittime

    Oh no. Damn it

  • Rowdy Yates

    That ball was crushed. But Beltre shoulda had it.

  • JacobMcCandles

    Oy

  • JacobMcCandles

    Jake M is a SO machine

  • Rod Harper

    Wow! That’s an un-Adrian like play there! Hope it doesn’t come back to haunt the squad tonight!

  • WhoKnowscs

    Relievers good for 2 outs before the heart attacks.

  • Rowdy Yates

    Always a pleasure to see the Rangers take a series from the Astros

    • possumrld

      It has been awhile though!

  • isittime

    Whew!

  • JacobMcCandles

    Thks ump

  • Rod Harper

    Ballgame! Major bullet dodged there!

  • WhoKnowscs

    4-3 Astros for the boot.

    • GoRangers23

      I really like winning the boot….because that means we are WINNING! 😁

  • isittime

    Is that a series win?

    • WhoKnowscs

      Yes. And back to back wins.

      • isittime

        Starting new trends

      • possumrld

        It was a long time in coming on both accounts!

        • WhoKnowscs

          yep.

  • GoRangers23

    That was awesome!!

  • Rod Harper

    Tonight’s game ball definitely goes to Bartolo Colon for taking a perfect game into the 8th in a duel against Verlander. Cheerios is not far behind due to driving in all of the runs for the Rangers tonight!

    • possumrld

      Yes, Rod! And it was so n ice to see Chirinos coming to life again. That is a very big thing for this team.

  • JacobMcCandles

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MviBlaTIV-s

    Rangers win with Jake walk up song

  • elkaba

    Should have gotten Colon years ago.

    • WhoKnowscs

      But Fister, and Moore, and the others need to start.

      • possumrld

        I thought Fister got injured

        • WhoKnowscs

          More a joke that Colon played second fiddle to them.

  • possumrld

    If Colon could have thrown about 1 pitch fewer per inning, he might have had a shot at least at a no hitter. As it was, it was obvious he was losing command between about 85 and 90 pitches.

    • WhoKnowscs

      Probably didn’t help knowing Banny was in the Dugout.

      • possumrld

        lol! But in this case, I think Banney gave him as much slack as he could afford to give him.

    • WhoKnowscs

      Also didn’t help that we could only score 1 run for him.

      • possumrld

        Yes. No doubt.

  • Rod Harper

    Have a good weekend everyone! Hopefully I’ll see you tomorrow!

    • GoRangers23

      Good night Rod!

      • possumrld

        Good night, Rod n’ All! It was nice to see some excellent pitching form our starter for a change!

        • GoRangers23

          Night Poss!

          • possumrld

            G’night to you too, Go23!

  • Rod Harper

    One more thing, RIP R. Lee Ermey of “Full Metal Jacket” fame! One of my favorite movies of all time! I wish there were sports coaches nowadays (in contrast to 20+ years ago) who had a drill instructor’s mentality to the game instead of a lackadaisical attitude.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XfmVBmDKLZI

    • WhoKnowscs
    • JacobMcCandles

      First part of the movie is top notch…second half not so much

    • JacobMcCandles

      According to Scareman….two best Nam movies, Platoon #1, although he he hated the toad Oliver Stone….and We were soldiers

  • WhoKnowscs