Texas Rangers: Game 6

Neftali Feliz tries to move on past Game 6

January, 15, 2012
1/15/12
4:21
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ARLINGTON, Texas -- Rangers reliever Neftali Feliz said that giving up the tying runs in the bottom of the ninth of Game 6 was something that "really, really upset me a lot."

"But I'm not mad at myself because I threw my pitch," said Feliz, who surrendered the game-tying double off the bat of David Freese after getting within one strike of the championship. "It just got hit."

Feliz said that after he watched Josh Hamilton hit the two-run homer in the top of the tenth, he was ready to pitch.

"I was upset," Feliz said through a translator before signing autographs at Rangers FanFest on Sunday at the Arlington Convention Center. "But after we hit the home run, I thought I was ready, but no one told me to pitch. When we got the lead back, I thought I was going to be able to come back because I was more calm and relaxed after that."

But Feliz was upset enough that Rangers manager Ron Washington and his staff decided he wasn't ready for the tenth inning and Darren Oliver came out to try to close the game. He was eventually relieved by Scott Feldman, who gave up the tying hit off the bat of Lance Berkman. The Cardinals won the game in the 11th on a home run to center by Freese off Mark Lowe.

"We talked about it and I thought about it," Feliz said of the loss. "Twice we were one strike away. But it didn’t happen. We have to move on. You don’t forget, but you try not to think too much about it."

Stark's strange but true feats (Texas edition)

December, 26, 2011
12/26/11
10:29
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Jason Stark put together his "strange but true feats" from the postseason. And, of course, the Rangers were fully involved in those feats, thanks to Game 6 of the World Series and Nelson Cruz's phenomenal ALCS. So here is the Rangers edition of Stark's piece. Click here to read the whole thing:
It was a postseason full of classic, magical and often downright crazy games. But is there any doubt which game towers above the rest? I saw Game 6 of the World Series with my very own eyeballs. I still don't believe stuff like this happened:

according to the Elias Sports Bureau, only three teams in the last 40 years (2006 Red Sox, 1996 Red Sox, 1995 Cubs) have won a regular-season game in which they trailed at least five times. And no team had ever done that in a World Series game. But the Cardinals trailed in this game by scores of 1-0, 3-2, 4-3, 7-4 and 9-7 -- and won. Unreal.

" There had been 1,329 games in the history of postseason baseball before this one. Not once had a team scored in the eighth, ninth, 10th and 11th innings of the same game. But the Cardinals did it in this game. Of course they did!

" The Rangers blew two saves in their final 41 regular-season games combined. So of course, they then blew three saves in this game in the last six innings.

" Might as well mention that the Rangers had two MONTHS this year (June and September) when they didn't blow three saves. And they were working on a streak of 965 games (regular season and postseason), over six seasons, without ever blowing three save opportunities in one game until this extravaganza came along.

" Never had both teams homered in extra innings at any point during an entire Series. Then, naturally, each team homered in extra innings just in this GAME (Josh Hamilton in the 10th, David Freese in the 11th).

" There wasn't a game played in the big leagues during the entire regular season that featured extra-inning homers in two innings by two teams, according to the Sultan of Swat Stats, SABR home run historian David Vincent. And the Rangers hadn't played a game like that in 15 years. But it happened in this game.

Non-Game 6 related Rangers feats:

" Nelson Cruz had as many homers in October (eight) as he had HITS in September (in 42 at-bats).

" Only one manager in the American League issued fewer intentional walks during the regular season than Ron Washington (21 all year). So he was pretty much the perfect candidate to become the first manager in American League HISTORY to issue nine intentional walks in a World Series. Right?

" Your ALCS MVP, Nelson Cruz, had eight extra-base hits in that LCS (six homers, two doubles) -- but never did mix in a single.
Again, click here to read the whole story.

Ron Washington set to give speech today

October, 28, 2011
10/28/11
4:10
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ST. LOUIS -- Rangers manager Ron Washington said he plans on talking to his team for five minutes prior to batting practice today. He said it won't be a "rah-rah" message.

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"It's just matter-of-fact," Washington said. "This is what we play for all year. The prize is still within reach and we've bounced back from tough defeats before and last night was a tough one. I expect us to bounce back. Let's still have fun, still play our game, still do what we do. Let's not change a thing."

Washington talked briefly to his team after Game 6, telling them essentially to keep their heads up and get ready for Game 7. He says he won't talk long tonight and then it's up to his team.

Washington was asked if Game 6 was one of the greatest played in the World Series and he agreed.

"It was a very exciting game," Washington said. "It was a lot of highs and lows. But what people got to see is two champions going after it. They don't quit, we don't quit. They got the final blow. They were fighting for their lives and they survived. We were fighting to win the championship. We didn't get it done. But it's a seven-game series and now we play the seventh game."

Washington talks to team, stays calm

October, 28, 2011
10/28/11
2:07
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ST. LOUIS -- Rangers manager Ron Washington walked into the visiting clubhouse after a gut-wrenching 10-9 loss to the Cardinals in Game 6 and faced his shell-shocked team.

Washington didn't have much to say and got right to point. He told them to keep their heads up and that they had one more game to play in the season and they were capable of winning it.

Michael Young spoke up, saying the team has bounced back all year and would do it again. Then the players started talking more to each other.

"They're disappointed and they should be disappointed," Washington said. "But that's the way it goes. It's never over until the last out and we didn't get the last out. But every time that happened, my fighting shoes were back on. They just took care of it in their last at-bat."

Washington said he'll be wearing those fighting shoes for Game 7 and so will the rest of his team.

"The series was seven games," Washington said. "We've got to play seven games."

Players spoke to the media after plastic tarps had been rolled up and put on top of the lockers and televisions covered in preparation for a champagne shower that didn't happen after Game 6. Even champagne bottles were quickly hustled out of the clubhouse.

Many Rangers talked about moving on and getting ready for Game 7.

"I think it shows our character and kind of defines us," first baseman Mitch Moreland said. "We don't let stuff like this bother us. Those games are going to happen. We fought and they fought and they won. The end result is they came out the winner. We've got a game tomorrow and we'll come out and play. They won the game."

Derek Holland, who pitched some in Game 6, said he's ready to pitch if needed in Game 7. And he's confident his teammates will be focused and prepared for Game 7.

"We have to push through it, keep battling it and be ready to go," Holland said. "We've been capable of bouncing back all the time. It's a new day and we know what's on the line."

Notes: Rangers aren't worried about cold

October, 27, 2011
10/27/11
4:28
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ST. LOUIS -- The weather forecast calls for chilly conditions in Busch Stadium tonight, with low of 40 degrees and relatively no wind.

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"I think [Adrian] Beltre will be out there sleeveless, might see Michael [Young] out there sleeveless, [Ian] Kinsler out there sleeveless," Washington said. "But I'll have on some clothes."

Washington said he's not concerned about the temperature and that his team will be ready to play no matter the conditions.

"Cold is not the factor," Washington said. "Jaime Garcia will be the factor."

Other notes:

* Washington said Derek Holland is available out of the bullpen and he won't be afraid to use him even if the club is down one run. He'll worry about keeping them in Game 6 and not about a possible Game 7. Washington wasn't sure if C.J. Wilson was available or not (he hadn't talked to pitching coach Mike Maddux about it yet).

* Even a day later, Washington said MLB made the right call in postponing Game 6. "You don't want that starting and stopping, especially with the importance of the game for both sides," Washington said. "You want to be able to start a baseball game and play a baseball game."

* Washington said he's seen that there are a fair number of Rangers fans in St. Louis. "They are excited and they should be excited," Washington said. "It's awesome."

* There were no changes to Washington's lineup overnight. "I already had that done and didn't even have to worry about it," Washington said.

Ron Washington focused only on Game 6

October, 27, 2011
10/27/11
4:11
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ST. LOUIS -- If you're the Rangers, it can be easy to think -- at least in the back of your mind -- that if you don't win Game 6 tonight, you can still win the World Series in Game 7.

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Rangers manager Ron Washington isn't thinking that way. He saw firsthand how that can impact a team when the Oakland A's had a 2-0 lead in the best-of-5 against the New York Yankees in 2001 and lost in five. That was the series with Derek Jeter's memorable flip to the plate in Game 3.

"We were trying to win one game and all Joe was doing was winning one game that he played that day," Washington said. "You could see him. You could see those Yankees. We were trying to win a game, but we knew we had two. We were trying to win one, but if we didn't, that's OK because we got tomorrow. We can't think like that. We know tomorrow is there, but we've got to play for today.

"If you win what's in front of you, it is the series."

Washington said he learned that mindset from watching Joe Torre and the Yankees get the best of the A's in two years that Washington felt, at least on paper, that Oakland had the better team.

"The way they went about their business in clinching situations and in situations when they had their backs against the wall," Washington said. "All I tried to do is keep that same demeanor. Things that I say I know my players are listening. I hear them repeat it, so I know they are getting the message."

Washington said his team is ready and he won't be giving any kind of pregame speech. He'll let them go out and play and see what happens.

"We are a group that understands where we are and what's at stake and what we have to do, but we know we have the ability to do it," Washington said. "One thing you can't do it get anxious. You can't try to do things you haven't done before because you'll miss out on what's in front of you. We always want to be aware of what's in front of us. There's nothing that can happen in a game that we haven't experienced. That's what it is."

Durrett: Composed Lewis ready for Game 6

October, 26, 2011
10/26/11
9:17
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ST. LOUIS -- Derek Holland does impersonations, even on national television, and sports one of the worst mustaches in the history of sports. C.J. Wilson owns a race team, takes photographs and has about 100 varied interests outside of pitching. Colby Lewis? He likes to hunt, wearing camouflage in the woods and blending in, much like he does in the Texas Rangers' clubhouse.

Lewis doesn't exactly stick out. He walks like a man twice his age, ambling around on a balky hip. Perhaps that's why he never appears in a rush to do anything. Ask a question and you're more likely to get a shrug of the shoulders and a smile rather than any kind of lengthy answer.

So with the Rangers up 3-2 in the World Series, sitting one win away from the ultimate prize that has eluded them for nearly 40 years, the calm and composed Lewis takes the ball in the hostile territory of Busch Stadium. The Rangers wouldn't have it any other way.

"He totally believes in what he's trying to do out there on the mound," manager Ron Washington said. "He never gets away from what he does best. That's the key thing that keeps him relaxed. He does exactly what he's capable of doing and then, whatever the results are, he'll deal with them. If you can get every ballplayer to have that mindset, you'll have some super players all over the field."

You can read the rest of Richard Durrett's column here.

Holland pays price for pitching to Cabrera

October, 15, 2011
10/15/11
7:19
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ARLINGTON, Texas -- The ALCS question pops up again: Do the Rangers pitch to Miguel Cabrera, pitch around him or walk him?

Ahead in the count 1-2 with the bases empty in the first inning of Game 6, Derek Holland went after the Detroit slugger and paid the price.

Cabrera drove a Holland offering over the wall in right field to give the Tigers a 1-0 lead.

The Rangers will have to play from behind as they bat in the bottom of the first.

John Wetteland to throw Game 6 1st pitch

October, 14, 2011
10/14/11
5:07
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ARLINGTON, Texas -- Former Rangers closer John Wetteland will throw out the ceremonial first pitch to Rusty Greer prior to Game 6 of the AL Championship Series.

The rest of the Saturday ceremony lineup:

National Anthem: Texas Country Recording Artist Jack Ingram (who did a great rendition before one of the NBA Finals games in Dallas earlier this year)

Color Guard: United States Marine Corps from Fort Worth

God Bless America (seventh-inning stretch): Michael Borts of the Vocal Majority

Ticket availability:

There are scattered singles and standing room only tickets for Game 6 and 5,000 tickets remain for a possible Game 7. Tickets may be purchased through texasrangers.com or by calling 972-RANGERS or by coming by the box office at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington.

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TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
Colby Lewis
WINS ERA SO IP
10 5.18 133 170
OTHER LEADERS
BAA. Beltre .324
HRA. Beltre 19
RBIA. Beltre 77
RA. Beltre 79
OPSA. Beltre .879
ERAC. Lewis 5.18
SOY. Darvish 182