Sunday, April 15, 2007

Mariners clobber the Texas Rangers!

I just went to my first Seattle Mariners game of the year at wonderful Safeco Field, and in addition to beautiful, warm weather (for April), the Mariners made a laughing stock of the Rangers, going 14-6. The Rangers took an early 2-0 lead off Ramirez, who looked shaky in his first start (which didn't count due to snow) and looked shaky here. However, Ichiro hit a homer to lead off for the Mariners, and Vidro followed up with his first of two home runs of the day. Beltre rocketed a homer off the left field foul pole later in the day.

Ramirez escaped with only one earned run, but five runs were scored while he was on the mound. His command wasn't great, but he got the job done, I suppose. What really won it for the Mariners, other than some timely hitting, was the God-awful fielding and defense from the Rangers. The MLB is very lenient on handing out errors these days, so the Rangers only had three errors on the day, but there were three or four other misplays that ended up costing the team big. Some of the plays were harder than others, but at the pro level they should have made them, not botched them.

Anyway, I'm not complaining, but I almost - note, almost - felt sorry for the Rangers' defense. Their mamas must be so ashamed.

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