The Texas Rangers had a monster 3rd inning scoring seven runs and most times this should be enough to win, but the Arizona Diamondbacks came back to win the game. We’ll break down the positives and negatives.
The offense, the Rangers picked up almost all of their scoring in the third. Mike Napoli started off the inning doubling on a fly ball to center field, Ian Kinsler then dropped a sacrifice bunt and a throwing blunder by D-Back pitcher Daniel Hudson scores Napoli and advanced Kinsler to second. Andrus then drops a sac bunt to advance Kinsler to 3rd. They then walk Josh Hamilton and Adrian Beltre singles to left field scoring Kinsler. After this Nelson Cruz singles to center scoring Hamilton and Beltre advances to 3rd on another error by Arizona. David Murphy then picked up 2 RBIs with a single to center, Torrealba picked up another single for the Rangers moving Murph to second base. Hudson then walks Napoli to load the bases; Kinsler picks up another single and scores Murphy and Torrealba. After this Andrus singles to load the bases and then Hamilton flied out to end the inning. Pretty exciting inning of work huh?
Matt Harrison wasn’t all negative he worked 6 innings and gave up four runs, three of which were earned, all coming in the 6th inning of work , for the most part it was a quality outing. The team brought in reliever Arthur Rhodes for the seventh who gave up four earned runs. Alexi Ogando came in for the ninth inning (I assume in a closer-test) and gave up the game winning run.
RBI: Beltre, A (4), Cruz, N (6), Murphy, Dv 2 (13), Kinsler 2 (13), Moreland (11).
The Rangers have two games on the board today, a split squad game against the Reds in Goodyear at 4:05pm and a game against the Padres in Surprise at 9:05pm. The late game is on TXA-21 for viewers in the DFW area; both should have audio feeds on MLB.com.