Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Last night we got an early gift getting to watch the Rangers play the Rockies in Spring Training. The Texas Rangers fell to the Colorado Rockies 11 to 10, make sure not to dwell on the score, there were tremendous events in this game to get Ranger fans excited.
Starting with our opening day starter CJ Wilson, Wilson was very dominant in five innings of work. The starter did allow seven hits but only 2 runs; this would qualify in my mind as a quality start. Overall CJ threw 78 pitches and 54 of those were for strikes and he only walked one batter. I watched the fifth inning closely and he easily escaped with only throwing 14 pitches, two ground outs and was able to strike out Tulowitzki. Wilson looked like he would have been able to go at least one other inning and probably two with no issues, especially considering the lead at that point.
Offensively we had a big arrival from Adrian Beltre, the new Texas Ranger was 2 for 3 and picked up a nice three-run homer with two outs in the second inning. Ian Kinsler picked up a stolen base and another hit and is now batting .378 for the spring, and this is the production we would dream of for our leadoff hitter. The booming Chris Davis also picked up another home run.
There were also some negatives to last night’s game, Mark Lowe who came into relief for the game gave up five hits and four runs in only one inning of work. O’Day then came in and pitched two innings and gave up 2 runs and five hits. Nothing here is particularly alarming, these are still spring games and players are trying to get back into the swing of things.
Tonight at 9:05 we get another televised game against the Padres, this is being broadcast on TXA-21 and the MLB Network for viewers outside of the blackout area.