The Redlegs knocked off the Rangers 19-10 to take a 17-16 lead in the Backyard Battle series. The Rangers squandered a 6-5 advantage late as the strike zone grew smaller and smaller.
The Redlegs jumped out early as Joey Watson launched a 3-run home run in the first and Brad Malott added a 2-run shot in the second. But Rangers starter Joe Becker would settle down and blank the Redlegs for the next 4 innings. Meanwhile, the Rangers battled back against Redlegs ace Aaron Carmack. In the third inning, Brandon Marshall roped a 2-run single and Kyle Moyer drove in a run on a fielder's choice. Jonmarc Lippincott added an RBI single to cut the deficit to 5-4.
In the fourth, Chris Jones led off with a single and scored on Marshall's RBI hit to tie the game. The Rangers would take a brief lead in the 6th as Marshall would come through big again with a run-scoring single to give the Rangers a 6-5 lead.
As the strike zone continued to be sporadic for both sides, the Redlegs proved to be more patient, acquiring 7 walks in the final 3 innings, to go along with some timely hitting to register 14 runs.
The Rangers settled with just 4 additional runs in the final 3 frames as Matt Wargacki launched his first career longball, and Nick Gilmore punched in his 5th hit of the day.
Offensive highlights: Nick Gilmore 5-for-5, 2 runs, 2 RBIs, 2 SB, double; Brandon Marshall 3-for-4, 4RBIs; Jonmarc Lippincott 2-for-4, RBI; Matt Wargacki 2-for-4, HR; Chris Jones 2-for-5, 4 runs, 2 SB.
Historical Notes: Nick Gilmore singled against Aaron Carmack in his 500th career at-bat. Eric Becker is 3 RBIs shy of 100 in league play. Jonmarc Lippincott picked up his 300th walk in league play. Rangers franchise win total sits at 398. Chris Ridl stole the franchise's 1000th base in league play.