I am not a big fan of Inter-league play in Major League Baseball. I do make one exception. Occasionally the Atlanta Braves make their way to Dallas to play the Texas Rangers. That was the case on September 12, 2014. Unfortunately they lost in a very close game, 2-1. I was thinking that with the Rangers having the worst record 955-92) in MLB this year so far, we might pick up a few games in the Wild Card standings for post season.
It was a fun evening though. Nothing like baseball at the ballpark. My wife and I were able to sit behind home plate in some great seats. I ate my fair share of hot dogs.
Singles by B.J. Upton and Simmons and Jason Heyward’s ground ball produced the Braves’ run in the third inning. Holland retired Justin Upton and Doumit with the bases loaded.
Texas tied it in the sixth on J.P. Arencibia’s double, Beltre’s single and Rua’s groundout.
At first I was hopeful as we were going into the eighth. With two outs, Beltre and Rua hit consecutive singles against David Carpenter (6-4) before Chirinos lined a single to center to give the Rangers a 2-1 lead.
Rookie Phil Klein (1-2) recorded two outs for his first major league win and Neftali Feliz pitched a perfect ninth inning for his ninth save in 10 opportunities.
Atlanta had a runner on third with one out in the eighth when Klein struck out Justin Upton. After an intentional walk to Ryan Doumit, Klein struck out Chris Johnson to end the inning.
The game ended when Atlanta’s Andrelton Simmons flied out to right fielder Michael Choice on the warning track. Atlanta’s Alex Wood allowed only one run and four hits in seven innings.
And so I left dismayed that the Braves lost. Pretty much how I have felt most of the 2014 season.