Rangers 4, Phillies 3
Game 3 - Wednesday Night, April 2nd in Arlington
Record - 1-2, 4th Place, 1 1/2 games behind the Nationals
One Sentence Summary: Jonathan Papelbon couldn't hold a two-run lead and walked in the winning run as the Rangers walked off, 4-3.
What It Means: Just when you thought Papelbon's trade value and popularity couldn't go any lower. They do.
What Happened: Kyle Kendrick pitched a fantastic ballgame, allowing just a run on five hits in seven innings of work. Mario Hollands earned redemption for the previous night's rough outing with a perfect eighth inning. Papelbon entered the ninth with a 3-1 lead and allowed a single, double, single, single, walk, and finally a bases loaded walk to end the game. Dating back to last season, he's now blown eight of his last 24 save opportunities.
Ryan Howard hit his first home run of the season with a two-run shot in the third.
Featured Card: Rangers pinch-hitter Jim Adduci knocked in the first run of the ninth with an RBI-single. If that name sounds familiar to Phillies fans, it's because his Dad, also Jim Adduci, appeared in 13 games for the Phils back in 1989 when the younger Adduci was only four years old.
The elder Adduci has a Phillies card in the extremely elusive 1989 Tastykake Phillies Update set, but the only Phillies-related cards I currently have of his are from his time with the the Triple-A Red Barons. Here's a nice profile on Adducci Sr. from the fantastic The Greatest 21 Days blog.