Texas Rangers: Griffin Earns Win Today Against Rockies

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Mar 17, 2017; San Antonio, TX, USA; Texas Rangers starting pitcher A.J. Griffin (64) throws to the plate during a spring exhibition baseball game against the Cleveland Indians at Alamodome. Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 17, 2017; San Antonio, TX, USA; Texas Rangers starting pitcher A.J. Griffin (64) throws to the plate during a spring exhibition baseball game against the Cleveland Indians at Alamodome. Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports /
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The Texas Rangers slid past the Colorado Rockies today to pick up their third consecutive win. For the second time in Spring Training, Texas is on a three-game winning streak. Opening Day is less than a week away and there’s three games remaining in Spring.

Overall, a decent performance by both sides. Pitching played very well. Relief pitching was a big factor in the game. Offense had a very solid performance.

Griffin was the starting pitcher. He pitched 5.1 innings, allowing six hits, surrendering two runs, and striking out two runs, thus earning his second win this Spring.  Mike Hauschild relieved Griffin, pitching 2.2 innings, allowing three hits, surrendering no runs, and striking out three batters, giving him a hold. Alex Claudio closed the game, allowing two hits, surrendering one run, and striking out no batters, thus earning a save. The pitching corps made Colorado’s offense finish 11-for-37.

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Offense finished 12-for-38 and striking out seven times. Obviously, a not very explosive performance, but enough to help Texas emerge victorious. On a positive note, Texas striking out less than ten times is very good, as well as earning more than ten hits.

Jurickson Profar appeared in this game, going 1-for-4, as well as playing the short stop position. Joey Gallo also played, going 2-for-4, striking out once and scoring twice. Nomar Mazara went 1-for-4. Profar and Mazara are surely going to be part of the Opening Day roster. It’s unclear for Gallo, but in any case, he needs to stay focused. If for some reason, he’s not named, he can be called to the majors anytime, so he needs to be ready for anything.

Tomorrow, Texas takes on Kansas City. Only three games left. Winning all three games is definitely something that will pump up the team as they prepare for their Opening Series. Their first three games will be at home against the Cleveland Indians.

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