Rangers Prevail In Clash Of Unbeatens
Written by: Randy Ranger
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
The Rangers continued their winning ways with the cardiac kids grasping victory from the jaws of defeat with a classic sixth inning rally Monday night at Plaisted, defeating an unbeaten and talented Cubs team 2-1. Riding the stellar pitching of Nate and Nat and the glove of Ross in center field, the Rangers ran their record to 4 and 0.
With their manager away on business(rumors of scouting a CELL AA game completely unfounded), Nate took the mound and struck out eight in 4 and 2/3 innings. Nat entered the game in the fifth and got out of a bases loaded jam, coming back from a 3-1 count and striking out the only batter he faced in the inning to keep the score at 1-0 Cubs.
Facing tough Cubs pitching all night, the Rangers needed a miracle to rally, and with the first two Ranger batters retired in the top of the sixth on nice defensive plays by the Cubs, Nate strode to the plate. Already 2 for 2 with two doubles, he singled on a two strike pitch to give the Rangers a much-needed baserunner. Matt then doubled on a two strike pitch, putting baserunners on second and third. Ross then delivered a great at bat, fouling off a couple of two strike pitches and extending the at bat long enough to entice not one, but two wild pitches allowing Nate to tie the score from third and then Matt to score putting the Rangers on top 2-1. Nat secured his win in the sixth with the help of Ross who snared a deep fly ball to center with his back against the fence to record the second out of the inning. With the tying run on base after a single by the Cubs' David(a.k.a. the Natural), Nat got a strikeout to end the game.
The Rangers will look to continue their solid play on Friday when they face a talented A's team at Plaisted.
(*article based on eyewitness accounts)