The Rangers outfielder attracts the weirdos. In Arlington earlier this month a streaker went into a power slide in front of Murphy in center. Then Thursday, an idiot jumped out of the stands and headed for Murphy, trying to shake his hand. Murphy walked away and the guy was escorted off the field.
There's more life in the blog than the Rangers. Detroit hit homers No. 4 and No. 5 on the day off Kaz Fukumori in the sixth inning and now leads 7-2. Fukumori's ERA in the majors this year is now a robust 27.00, which is actually an improvement. He came into the game with a 32.40 ERA.
Adam Melhuse grounds out with the bases loaded in the top of the fifth in a tie game. How do the Tigers respond with their chance at a two-out rally in the bottom of the fifth? With a three-run bomb to left by Magglio Ordonez. It's his second of the game and it's now 5-2. Seven-consecutive losses is staring the Rangers in the face.
David Murphy has ended Jeremy Bonderman's day after 4 2/3 innings by drawing a bases-loaded walk to tie the game at 2. Bonderman walked seven in his 111-pitch outing. Now what the Rangers need against Zach Miner is a clutch hit, something that's been absent for the last two weeks.
Jeremy Bonderman has walked six Rangers through four innings but Texas has just one run and that came on a homer. He struggled with his control in the fourth inning, walking two. But for some reason with two outs and a 3-1 count, No. 9 hitter Ramon Vazquez felt he needed to swing away and pop out. Vazquez came into the game with a .176 average.
Jason Jennings issued a leadoff walk in the second but that runner was erased on a double play. Jennings has already walked three batters, continuing a disturbing trend. In Texas' last three games plus today, its pitchers have issued an astounding 29 walks.
Jason Jennings got out of the first and just gave up one run. It could have been worse. The Rangers couldn't turn a potential double play as Jennings' foot was pulled off first base by a throw. While that didn't lead to a run, it led to more pitches for Jennings. He's already thrown 26 pitches, which isn't a good start for a tired pitching staff.