ARLINGTON, TX - APRIL 23: Ivan "Pudge" Rodriguez of the Texas Rangers speaks during a retirement ceremony before a game against the New York Yankees at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on April 23, 2012 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
- You figure the Rangers weren't going to go all season without a clunker. This was a clunker. So there you go.
- In allowing 7 runs in 6 innings, Derek Holland saw his ERA jump to 4.78 on the year, the highest on the team. That, of course, is more of a reflection of how good the Rangers' pitchers have been than any knock on Holland. The Rangers still have just two pitchers (Holland and Joe Nathan) with an ERA above 4.
- Holland walked 4 batters and struck out just 1, which is generally going to lead a pitcher into trouble, but the key mistake was a fastball Holland left over the heart of the plate to Alex Rodriguez with two on and one out in the fifth. Rodriguez turned on it and launched it over 400 feet, giving the Yankees a 6-1 lead, and taking the crowd out of the game.
- On the plus side (pitching edition), Mark Lowe and Koji Uehara combined for 3 perfect innings, striking out 5 batters. Lowe now has 6 strikeouts, 0 walks, and 2 hits allowed in 4 innings this year, despite being the reliever Rangers fans in general had the least amount of faith in coming into the season (non-Uehara division), along with a triple goose egg ERA.
- Josh Hamilton hit into a double play, struck out, and grounded to second in three of his at bats, but his other at bat featured another one of the majestic blasts that has been his hallmark so far this season, officially measured at 422 feet.
- The Rangers only had 9 baserunners today, on 7 hits, 1 walk and an error. Given that, it is a minor miracle they managed to score four runs. You'd like to think four runs would be enough to win a lot of games, but the Yankees have a pretty good lineup that can put some crooked numbers on the board. It isn't like the Rangers were playing some group of slappies like the BoSox.
This gif, with a proud Ranger fan representing us well, was apparently
capturedspotted by Kevin Kaduk over the weekend and giffed by Grant Brisbee:
He's looking for a job, it seems. Jon Bois has his resume here.