Back on May 29th, Oakland's Lenny DiNardo gave up just one earned run in 5.1 innings to the Rangers back in Arlington.
Unfortunately for DiNardo, he also surrendered three unearned runs, courtesy of fielding errors committed by Shannon Stewart and himself in a disasterous 6th inning. Texas would go on to win that game, 4-0.
On Wednesday afternoon, Lenny got his revenge.
DiNardo pitched seven innings of shutout baseball against Texas, allowing just three hits in perhaps the most dominant outing of his major league career. He only needed 84 pitches to get through those seven innings, and you can sum up the Rangers offense on Wednesday in one word: nonexistent. Then again, Texas was in trouble the moment Ron Washington turned in his lineup card - with Adam Melhuse batting fifth. Ugh.
Kevin Millwood suffered a similiar fate to that of DiNardo during his May 29th outing, as Millwood gave up four runs (only one of which was earned) during a brutal 2nd inning. With men on 1st and 2nd and nobody out, Mark Kotsay hit a grounder right back to Millwood, who threw to Michael Young at second base in the hopes of turning a 1-6-3 double play.
Michael Young had to leap to snag Millwood's high throw, but apparently came down on the bag before Mark Ellis slid in. Unfortunately, second base umpire Marvin Hudson ruled Young's foot wasn't on the bag, loading the bases with nobody out and opening the floodgates for Oakland.
Both Young and Millwood acknowledged Hudson had blown the call, but didn't seem too upset about it:
"I came down on the bag, but he's got a tough angle," Young said. "Sometimes that stuff happens. The umpire has a tough job, and that's not an easy angle. It would have been nice to get that out, but it's no big deal."
"It wasn't a good throw, but he was still out," Millwood said. "But even if he's still out, they probably still score one or two, and that would have been enough today."
Putting aside that ugly 2nd inning, Millwood faced the minimum of 15 batters during the 1st and 3rd through 6th innings on Tuesday. Not bad, considering the Rangers were frustrated with home plate umpire Chris Guccione's strike zone.
On the minor league front, Bakersfield's Chris Davis had his 35-game hitting streak snapped after going 0 for 4 with a walk against Single-A Stockton, meaning he'll have settle for a share of the California League record with Brent Gates. Also, Nelson Cruz went 3 for 5 with a home run for Triple-A Oklahoma, putting his batting line for the Redhawks this year at .338/.408/.669 in 133 AB.
Work prevented me from being able to watch the Rangers on Wednesday, but in retrospect, that's probably not such a bad thing.