The early game: Texas Rangers 15 Cincinnati Reds 13
A big story coming out of this game was Tommy Hunter, shortly after being named a part of the 2011 rotation was injured; Stacy is going to have more on that story on the site later. In two innings of work he gave up six hits and five earned runs, Hunter was beat up both figuratively and literally. On the pitching front there wasn’t anything too noteworthy aside from Darren O’Day having a successful inning earning zero runs on two hits.
Offensive-wise the Rangers performed well. Picking up home runs in the game were Nelson Cruz and Chris Davis. Big Nelson Cruz had 6…that’s SIX RBIs on the game. At the early game the Rangers went seven for thirteen with runners in scoring position. Not to be outdone by Davis’ two RBI performance Mitch Moreland also had two RBIs and a stolen base. This is the offense we’ve come to demand of our boys the past few seasons and they put it on display today.
The Late Game: San Diego Padres 7 Texas Rangers 4
After the 4th inning in the late game both teams were tied at four, this held on going to the 10th inning when Rangers’ pitchers Beau Jones and Joseph Ortiz teamed up to allow three runs in the top of the 10th.
This game featured a Josh Hamilton home run, his second of the spring, and a stolen base from Elvis Andrus. My favorite non-roster invitee Doug Deeds picked up his eight RBI of the spring (we’ll probably get an announcement this weekend that he’s going down to AAA Round Rock). In the late game the team was 0 for 8 with runners in scoring position and left five on base for the game.
Tonight we see the Texas Rangers take on the Colorado Rockies at 8:40pm on Fox Sports SW (maybe we can hear a new home run call from Rhadigan, I’m hoping he doesn’t stick with “Saddle up ball, you’re going for a ride!”).