Darvish Throws Three Shutout Innings, Rangers Get Third Win Of Spring
By Eric Reining
As far as the heroes of the game — with one out in the 9th inning, Joey Butler reached on an infield single, scoring Jim Adduci (whom I haven’t heard of until this exact moment), which tied the game at 4. Then, after a Guilder Rodriguez strikeout, Jeff Baker won the game with a two-out walk off base hit to right center.
Rangers win 5-4.
The main news of the game is that Rangers ace, Yu Darvish, was once again impressive, throwing three shutout innings, strikeout out 3. He did allow two walks, however.
Here’s what Jason Parks had to say about him:
The other news of the day is that Cody Buckel is apparently having a rough time adjusting to more advanced hitting. In just 2/3 of an inning this afternoon, he allowed three runs (all earned) on 4 hits, striking out one. He will only be in his age-21 season in 2013, so we’re still talking about a very young kid who will probably need at least one more full year in the Minor Leagues before he’s ready for the show. Just because he is on quite a few top-100 prospects lists, it’s not freakout time or anything.
Again, here is what Parks had to say:
Aside from that, it was a pretty routine day in Surprise, AZ; Adrian Beltre went 1-3 with a double in his first game of the spring; Jurickson Profar went hitless in two plate appearances.
Coty Woods threw 1.1 scoreless innings, striking out three; Cory Burns, who inevitably got the win for pitching a scoreless 9th, struck out one.
Tomorrow the Rangers get the day off, which is followed by a game on Wednesday against the Chicago Cubs.