After two straight losses, the Texas Rangers bounced back against the Cleveland Indians on Tuesday.
Martin Perez earned his first win of the Spring, going four innings allowing five hits and one earned run. Going forward it would be nice to see Perez limit the amount of hits he allows, but there are a few positives: he didn’t walk anybody, he only surrendered one run (a solo shot by Giovanny Urshela, which was his fourth home-run so far this spring), and he struck out four. Weighing the pros with the cons here, I think it was a pretty solid outing for Martin. Nick Martinez followed with his three and two-thirds innings of work, also striking out four while giving up two earned runs and a home-run of his own to Michael Martinez. Sam Freeman earned his first save of the Spring, giving up two hits and a run in his inning of work.
The bats were alive for the most part Tuesday afternoon- totaling thirteen hits and five runs. The key contributors included Joey Gallo, who continued his current streak of knocking the ball out of the park. Gallo really seems to be finding his groove, which is encouraging to say the least. Ryan Rua also had a good day, while not batting in any runs, going three for four and scoring a run. Elvis Andrus continued his hot spring as well, going two for three in addition to executing a hit and run with Rua on-base. The most encouraging bat of the day, however, has to go to Prince Fiedler – going two for two with a solo shot of his own to continue his recent hot streak at the plate. Overall, it’s nice to see the Ranger bats alive and well and we can only hope that its foreshadowing of what to come during the season.
Texas is off on Wednesday, but will play Milwaukee on Thursday for an 8:05 CST start. Nick Tepesch will be taking the mound.
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