Davis Crushes, Kirkman Gets Crushed: Rangers Lose 15 to 5


Yes, I am that guy who likes to say after a spring training win “The team looks good! Ready for the playoffs right now!” and after a loss “It’s only spring training, these games don’t really count. “ I tend to be very hypocritical in my fandom. There was not a ton of pretty in the late game last evening the Texas Rangers met the San Diego Padres in exhibition play. I’ll examine the good bad and the ugly of this game in short order.

Chris Davis before a Spring Training game, (Star-Telegram/Ron T. Ennis)

The Good:

Chris “Put Me on your Roster” Davis picked up a 4 RBI home run, that’s right, a Grand Slam, a small birthday present to himself. With three on and two out in the 7th inning Davis was clutch and put an exclamation point on his application to be on the opening day squad. Also Chris wasn’t batting against a minor-leaguer or a non-roster invitee he crushed the ball against All-Star closer Health Bell.

Pedro Strop also had a good outing; he threw two innings in total. Strop allowed three hits a walk and no runs, and also picked up four strikeouts.

The Bad:

Michael Kirkman lost the game for the Rangers, in only two and one-third innings of work gave up eight hits and nine runs four of which were earned. I’m not sure if anyone was still talking about Kirkman as a starter but this may have settled that debate. The boys were not able to come back from that deficit.

The Ugly:

Errors, errors and more errors, the Rangers had seven errors in total. Julio Borbon was charged with two, both a fielding and a throwing error. Michael Young picked up an error at first base and Josh Hamilton had an error as well.

The Rangers play another late night game at 9:05 PM central against a split-squad Indians team. The game can be seen on TXA-21 in the DFW area or MLB Network again if you live outside of the Texas Rangers blackout area. Happy Friday!

-Jonathan

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