August 23, 2007

The Destruction of Baltimore

Texas Rangers vs. Baltimore Orioles. Just your average game of sub-.500 teams, right? WRONG. These Texas Rangers are not the Texas Rangers of 10 years ago, or even five years ago when they had Alex Rodriguez, Ivan Rodriguez and Juan Gonzalez. These aren't the Texas Rangers who would constantly threaten the MLB home run record for homers in a season. Now, their best hitter is a shortstop named Michael Young. After that their team dies. Literally, all players known to man just die.

You would think they could never score 10, much less 30 runs in a game.

Well, yesterday, the Texas Rangers beat the Baltimore Orioles 30-3 in the first game of a doubleheader. The score was so lopsided, Tim Kurkijain almost soiled himself talking about it on SportsCenter. There were two grand slams for the Rangers in the game, from such immortal players as Marlon Byrd and Travis Metcalf. The bottom two hitters in the Ranger lineup, Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Ramon Vazquez, each had 7 RBI's and two home runs. They went a combined 8-14 with 14 RBI's and 4 dingers. That has probably NEVER happened. And you know the crazy part? The Rangers didn't score until the FOURTH inning! Their star hitter, Michael Young, did not drive in a single run! But, they score 25 runs in the final 4 innings, an incredible accomplishment.

But you know what was the craziest part?

Their closer, Wes Littleton, went 3 innings and got the save.

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