Rangers Fall By Two Runs To Colorado
By Kenneth Nash
The Texas Rangers fell 8-6 to the Colorado Rockies on Saturday moving to 15-11 during Spring Training.
Martin Perez made the start for the Texas Rangers and pitched well feeling comfortable with his pitches as well as his velocity. Perez went 5 innings giving up 4 earned runs on 7 hits while amassing 6 strikeouts. Perez continues to develop his location and breaking pitches this spring as he seems to promise to be an effective starter for the Rangers in 2016.
Nick Martinez threw 3 innings in relief and took the loss for the Texas Rangers. He gave up 4 runs, only 3 earned, on 4 hits while allowing 2 free passes. Martinez has struggled on the mound this spring posting an 0-3 record with an 8.59 ERA in 14.2 innings of work.
Ryan Rua got the start in left field and continues his hot Spring Training hitting campaign going 2-3 with a run scored upping his average to .447 in March. Delino DeShields made his return from a right biceps strain leading off as the designated hitter for Texas going 0-4 with an RBI, a run scored and a walk.
Pedro Ciriaco continues to make his case to be on the Rangers Opening Day roster as he went 1-4 at the plate with an RBI. Ciriaco, who’s a defensive minded utility player, is hitting .451 this Spring Training. Young second baseman Rougned Odor got the day off Saturday after a big Friday where he hit 3 homeruns in 4 at-bats.
Delino DeShields dealing with a right biceps strain returned for the Rangers Saturday in the leadoff spot.
Colby Lewis will start today against the Arizona Diamondbacks in Surprise.
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