Rangers Defeat Cubs 2-1
Written by: Randy Ranger
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
The Rangers pitching and defense shined Tuesday night at Plaisted as they defeated a talented Cubs team 2-1 in a classic pitchers' duel. Nate was masterful on the night, throwing a 65 pitch complete game one-hitter in which he had allowed only three baserunners and faced two batters over then the minimum. The Rangers defense was led by Sean, who calmly assisted on all three Cubs outs in the third inning, and Nate, who snared multiple balls up the middle. Nat was solid at first, and Ross and Brett had big defensive plays as well.
Nate scored the first run of the game after singling to get on base to start the Rangers' threat. In the third, Ross showed great plate patience and drew a walk, advanced to second on an infield hit by Aaron and scored when Matt laced a single to center, one of his two hits on the day. That put the Rangers up 2-0. The Cubs cut the lead to 2-1 in the top of the fourth, but Nate snared a shot up the middle to retire the Cubs in that frame with the tying run on second. Jack led off the bottom of the fourth with a nice single, and Sean reached after putting the ball into play to extend the inning, but the Cubs buckled down to keep it a one run game. Nate and the Rangers' defense then did the rest to preserve the Rangers' victory, assisted by Matt throwing out the potential tying run at second on an attempted steal in the top of the fifth inning.
The Rangers will next take the field Saturday against the Red Sox and will look to avenge their loss the the Sox in their last meeting.