I’ve been recently revamping my blog in an effort to try and get all of my games in order. This is mainly due to the fact that I did all of my 2010 road trip blogs in 2010 and the 2009 blogs after (just recently finishing them in 2013). Due to this I will have to go back and edit some photos for three blogs from the first three games of 2010 due to when MLBlogs was changed over to WordPress and it ended up stretching out some of my photos drastically and making the blogs pretty much useless to try and read.
Regardless, I’ve still got a lot more games to blog about in an effort to catch up and have all of my recent games blogged up until my road trip this July.
I was very thrilled for my first ever postseason game on this Saturday afternoon in Arlington. I was a bit unsure of what to expect regarding how postseason games work. I knew that I wanted to try and catch a baseball during batting practice. My Mom dropped my Dad and I off as we made our walk towards the ballpark. It was a great day for baseball in Texas and I was happy to be back in Arlington for the first time in a little over three months.
We made our way into the ballpark once the gates opened and after receiving our rally towel I made my way out to the left field seats. While I wasn’t able to retrieve a ball on this day I was still enjoying the sights and sounds of postseason baseball.
One thing I regret looking back when I bought tickets is that I sprung quickly at the idea of getting the first tickets I could get and well now I certainly know I could have gotten better tickets off of Stubhub. While the view wasn’t “terrible” it certainly wasn’t the best seats I’ve ever had at Rangers Ballpark.
It was nice to attend a game and see the entire rosters get recognized. Here’s a good shot showing our view (zoomed in a bit).
Let me flash back for you a bit and remind you of how the American League Division Series was currently sitting. It was the Rangers first postseason appearance since 1999 and only their fourth overall postseason appearance. Their three previous appearances were 1996, 1998, and 1999 when they would face the New York Yankees all three years and win only one game in all three of the series. At this point the Rangers had obviously never advanced past the first round of the postseason and we were all hoping 2010 would be the year to at least break past the first round.
The Rangers would end up winning the first two games of the series in Tampa Bay thanks in large part to a stellar performance by Cliff Lee who allowed only five hits while striking out ten Rays to give the Rangers their second overall postseason win. Game Two would be won thanks in part to another lefty – C.J. Wilson who pitched 6 1/3 strong innings and the Rangers would allow only two hits in a shutout effort. So Texas was headed back home up 2 games to none with a chance to sweep Tampa Bay and advance to the ALCS for the first time in team history.
Now that has been recapped let’s move on with the entry.
Our pitching match up was going to pit Tampa Bay’s Matt Garza against the Rangers Colby Lewis.
The game was off to a quick pace despite there being no scoring until the third inning when Texas would add the first run after an Elvis Andrus ground out would bring Mitch Moreland in to score after Moreland’s lead off double and a passed ball which brought Moreland to third. The score stayed the same until the top of the sixth when Tampa Bay after B.J. Upton would hit a game tying double to tie the game at 1-1.
The low scoring game stayed the same until the last three innings and started off in the bottom of the 7th with an Ian Kinsler home run off of Garza. Garza would be pulled bringing in Randy Choate for one batter before Joaquin Benoit came in to face two batters to get two fly outs.
Tampa Bay took the lead back in the eighth inning and would not look back. The Rays added two home runs in the ninth inning from Carl Crawford (a solo shot) and a two run homer from Carlos Pena to make it 6-2 Tampa Bay. Texas would add another run in the ninth inning but it wouldn’t be enough as the Rays would end up surviving on the brink of elimination and force a Game 4 for the next afternoon in Arlington. Stay tuned for my next entry for Game 4 which I also attended in Arlington.