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Thoughts on a 9-7 Rangers loss

Giants 9, Rangers 7

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Giants 9, Rangers 7

  • Well, that's not how we were hoping Cole Hamels' debut would go.
  • I was thinking this write-up would be a lot more fun to do in the 6th inning or so.
  • So, Hamels...he was okay, not great.  Hamels started off well, had a bad third inning where Brandon Belt hit a leadoff homer, Joe Panik had a two out double to bring home Brandon Crawford, and then that Duffy guy singled home Panik before being thrown out for the final out trying to advance.  He also gave up a Buster Posey homer in the 7th, and thus went into the 8th inning having allowed 4 runs, albeit with a low pitch count.  After retiring the first two batters, a Panik double knocked Hamels out of the game at 98 pitches, and set a disastrous sequence of events.
  • Tanner Scheppers came into the game in the 8th.  Jeff Banister appears to be committed to him, at least as of now, as his 8th inning guy.  Scheppers had three straight scoreless outings, and it seemed like the Colorado disasters were just a bad memory.  With just one out needed to escape the inning with a three run lead, things looked good.
  • But Scheppers allowed a double to Duffy, making it a 7-5 game.  And then Buster Posey hit a bloop into shallow center field, the type of ball Leonys Martin normally catches and ends the inning.  But Leonys was playing deep with the "no doubles" alignment, and he couldn't reach it, and Elvis couldn't reach it, and it fell in for a double.  Then Hunter Pence had a softly hit single to right field, and the game was tied, and Scheppers was pulled with the fans booing him.
  • Scheppers blew the lead, and he hasn't been good this year, but I tend to chalk it up as one of those things today.  I think Scheppers said after the game that he broke a couple of bats on those hits, and while I don't recall if that's the case, neither of the final two hits he gave up were hit hard.  They just found holes, and there's a certain degree of just misfortune with that.  The Rangers scored runs earlier in the game on bloops, and they gave up runs in the 7th on a couple of Scheppers bloops.
  • Anyway...Jake Diekman got the final out of the 8th, and Shawn Tolleson pitching in his fourth straight game, retired the Giants in the 9th.  Sam Dyson got through the 10th, but then allowed a Pence homer to start the 11th to give San Fran an 8-7 lead.  Sam Freeman allowed a one out Belt homer to make it 9-7, and that was that.
  • Just a frustrating situation all around.  These games are going to happen, but they really suck when they happen on your new ace's debut night.
  • The bats did some things.  Prince Fielder was 3 for 5 with a walk, although he looked at strike three as the tying run to end the game, so there's a bit of a buzzkill about even his performance.  Bobby Wilson had two hits in his Ranger debut, and Elvis Andrus and Adrian Beltre each had a couple of hits.
  • Sigh.  This was a frustrating game.  I really wanted to go into tomorrow with a chance to get back to .500.  But it didn't happen.