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June 29, 2009

Can we find some good signs from the latest loss?

Do you have any? The only thing I can see from tonight was the play of the bullpen, which worked four scoreless innings. Marlon Byrd had three of the eight hits for the Rangers, who have scored two runs in the last 21 innings of work.

To me, the glaring question from tonight was the decision not to bunt David Murphy in the fifth inning. With runners on first and second with no outs, Murphy popped to second and the inning died quickly after that. I don't care if he's your No. 3 hitter. With the way the Rangers are hitting right now, that's just a place you happen to fall in the lineup. If he can get a bunt down and the Rangers get a run in, it would have been 3-0. Los Angeles did it in the sixth with Erick Aybar, getting the final run of teh game in without a hit.

With a team that can't score to save its life, it seems like a no-brainer to me. But that's just me. What would you have done in that situation?

- Anthony Andro


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Last week on TV Steve Busby talked about just that situation. After Washington ordered a bunt and it didn't work (I don't remember the details for sure so I won't add them) Busby said when a team is hitting as badly as the Rangers they don't have any outs to waste so the bunt was the wrong call. The way the Rangers are hitting, or not hitting actually, they can't try to play with two outs in an inning. That made sense to me.

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