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July 26, 2011

Rangers postgame notes from a 9-8 loss to Minnesota

The loss was the Rangers' fourth this season when they have held a lead after eight innings. Neftali Feliz blew his fifth save of the season, all to teams with losing records (also Kansas City three times and Houston).

C.J. Wilson's streak of 12 consecutive starts came to an end as the left-hander lasted only four-plus innings. He entered the fifth with a 7-3 lead but walked the first three hitters and allowed a two-run single. Wilson was charged with six runs (five earned).

"Last night everything went our way," Wilson said of the Rangers' 20-6 victory Monday. "Tonight things didn't go our way. It's as simple as that."

Wilson also said that that he was "100 percent unlucky."

The loss, coupled with an Angels victory at Cleveland, left the Rangers with a three-game lead in the American League West.

Official scorer Dan Schimek was sticken by illness in the fifth inning, and taken to a local hospital. He appears to be in stable condition, and will be held overnight for observation and further testing. He was the Rangers' traveling secretary from 1979-97.

On the good side of things ... Nelson Cruz went 3 for 3 with two RBI doubles. He's now 13 for 21 with 12 RBIs through five games of this seven-game homestand. His double in the second was the 100th of his career. He reached base in all five plate appearances and has reached in nine of his past 11.

Yorvit Torrealba went 3 for 4 with a homer and four RBIs. The home run, a three-run shot in the Rangers' five-run fourth, was his first since April 25.

-- Jeff Wilson


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Wilson appeared to grow increasingly frustrated with the home plate umpire. He had several pitches called balls (when the broadcast's "tracker" showed them as being strikes.) He kept pitching to the same spot over and over and still getting no strike calls. He did not seem willing to adjust to the umpire's strike zone and I believe that frustration cost him. Sometimes pitchers have to change their strategy and adjust to the umpire or have a miserable game like last night.

Why isn't anyone talking about the plays that weren't made by the Ranger's in the ninth inning? The catch that Hamilton didn't make opened the door. It was a very catchable ball. He didn't even need to leave his feet for it. It should have been scored an error.

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