Offensively, the Rangers managed three hits and one walk while fanning 10 times over the final eight innings, all scoreless and all against the second-worst team in baseball, which started a veteran pitcher who’d been released three weeks ago by the American League’s worst team.

And they won.

The Angels had more hits and more walks and more runs and fewer strikeouts against Matt Cain plus four Giants relievers than the Rangers had against Jason Marquis and a couple Padres relievers.

But the Angels lost.

That’s baseball.

So is this:



Ninety-four games left, eight out of 10 and a season-high 14 games over .500, a June-high five-game division lead.

Zero games left, and a win in the final one.

It’s all good.


Jamey Newberg

Dallas attorney Jamey Newberg has been commenting on Rangers from the big club down through the entire farm system since 1998.

Scott Lucas

Scott Lucas was born in Arlington, Texas, to Richard and Becky Lucas. He lived mostly in Arlington before moving to Austin, where he graduated from The University of Texas. Scott works for Austin Valuation Consultants, Ltd., and has published several boring articles about real estate appraisal and environmental contamination. He makes a swell margarita and refuses to run longer than ten kilometres.

Eleanor Czajka

Eleanor grew up watching the AAA Mudhens in Toledo, Ohio. A loyal Ranger fan since 1979, she works "behind the scenes" at the Newberg Report.

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