On a night when the Rangers were on the national stage against the biggest empire in Major League Baseball, they fell short of victory.
On a night when many Rangers fans were fighting back tears of joy as one of the greatest Rangers of all-time announced his retirement, the evening didn’t end with victorious fireworks.
On a night when our starting pitching wasn’t dominant, and our hitting couldn’t rescue it….we still went to bed with the best record in the American League.
The Rangers fell 7-4 to the hated Yankees last night, on a night that will be remembered for the end and new beginning of Pudge Rodriguez more so than what happened on the field. Derek Holland (2-1, 4.78 ERA) took the loss, giving up all 7 runs over 6 innings of work. Josh hit his league leading 8th home run (solo shot) and my second favorite Craig got 2 RBI, but it wasn’t enough.
“I’m pretty upset with myself,” said Holland. “I didn’t battle as well as I usually have been before. The walks really killed me. I didn’t give my defense anything to play with.”
“It was poor execution,” Holland said. “I was trying to overthrow a little bit. It was a mental thing. I didn’t hit my spots. It was just one of those nights, I guess.”
- The vote of confidence from Face:
“The thing with Derek is, one, he knows he’s really good, which is a great thing to have if you want to be an impact big leaguer,” Young said. “When you’re talking about him, knowing him, he’s already chomping at the bit for his next start. When he looks at this start, he’ll look at things he wants to get better at. He’ll make his really good adjustments, and he’ll be ready to roll in five days. We look forward to playing behind him.”
- T.R. Sullivan recaps the Pudge retirement ceremony here with a short video clip of Pudge firing down to second base for the last time.
- The ceremony was very well done…kudos to the Rangers organization for making this happen.
- While it was a great opportunity to look back on one of the all-time great careers, one of the more exciting moments came when Nolan said said the Rangers are working on an agreement with Pudge to have him work with the organization in an undetermined capacity.
- More to come on Pudge…
- Adrian Beltre may return to the lineup tonight after his MRI returned normal results yesterday. Beltre has some mild inflammation of his hamstring and is currently listed as day-to-day.
- Two former Nippon greats will face off tonight when Yu Darvish (2-0, 3.57 ERA) takes the mound against Hiroki Kuroda (1-2, 5.00 ERA). More details on the match-up here.
- Anthony Castrovince (MLB.com) wrote a good column on the progress that Darvish is making both on and off the field.
First pitch is 7:05 tonight. Hit us up on Twitter (@baseballdo) if you wanna chat during the game. We are postponing this week’s podcast due to conflicts with our schedules. We’ll get one up as quickly as possible.