And that's a big reason why the 25-year-old right-hander wore a long face in the clubhouse after the Rangers' 5-2 loss to the Los Angeles Angels.
"When guys are giving it up for me with everything they have, it makes this hurt worse," Mikolas said.
For five innings, Mikolas limited the dangerous Angels lineup to four hits and an unearned run.
"It was kind of like my first start in Baltimore," Mikolas said. "Five strong innings, but they don't cut the line off there. I've got to do a better job. I wasn't tired."
His pitch count was only at 84 when he departed.
In Baltimore, Mikolas was relieved with one out in the sixth and the Rangers leading 4-1. He gave up only three hits, but left with runners on base. Both eventually scored and he was charged with three runs.
Mikolas' low pitch count influenced Rangers manager Ron Washington to stay with him this time in the sixth.
"Miles did a good job today," Washington said. "He was facing pretty good hitters, give them credit. But he's got to figure out a way to limit the damage. We can't rely on four innings from the bullpen all the time."
The Rangers were clinging to a 2-1 lead when Albert Pujols opened the Angels' sixth with a single to right. With the Rangers' infield in at double-play depth, Josh Hamilton's looper cleared Rangers second baseman Rougned Odor for another single.
"Those were two changeups that I got up," Mikolas said. "If the ball is down to Hamilton, maybe he hits into a double play."
Howie Kendrick and David Freese had RBI hits. Hank Conger broke it open with a two-run double. Washington went to his bullpen when Mikolas walked Collin Cowgill.
Ending the losing streak, now at seven games, is on the minds of all the pitchers. Mikolas is no exception.
"Every pitcher wants to be the guy to get that win," Mikolas said.
Not so clutch: The Rangers were 1-for-9 with runners in scoring position. That comes after going 0-for-6 on Friday.
"Tonight we had several chances to drive in a run and we didn't do it," Washington said.
Odor, the 20-year-old rookie, produced the only hit with a runner in scoring position, an RBI double in the second inning.
Soto apology: Rangers catcher Geovany Soto apologized to his teammates in a team meeting before Saturday's game. Soto was arrested Wednesday night on a charge of marijuana possession in Grapevine.
Sunday's starter: The Rangers announced after the game that right-hander Scott Baker (0-2, 5.84 ERA) will start in Sunday's 2:05 p.m. CT game against the Angels at Globe Life Park. It will be his fourth start of the season. He is 0-2 with a 5.94 ERA as a starter.
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Howie Kendrick celebrated his 31st birthday with three hits, including an RBI single during a four-run sixth inning as the Los Angeles Angels sent the Texas Rangers to their seventh straight loss, 5-2 on Saturday night.
Kendrick's third single tied it at 2 in the sixth. The Angels chased Miles Mikolas (0-2) and pulled away for their ninth win in 10 games.
The Rangers have dropped 21 of 24.
Jered Weaver (10-6) went seven innings, giving up two runs and four hits. He left his last start because of tightness in his lower back.
Joe Smith got his 14th save in 18 chances.
Angels left fielder Collin Cowgill left the game with blood pouring from the bridge of his nose after he was struck in the face by a pitch when he squared to bunt in the eighth. The Angels said he got stitches and was taken to a hospital for further evaluation.
ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Texas Rangers are playing better, but their losing streak continues to grow.
The Los Angeles Angels used the pitching of Jered Weaver and a four-run outburst in the sixth inning to deal Texas a 5-2 defeat Saturday night at Globe Life Park.
The loss was the seventh in succession for the Rangers and their 21st in 24 games.
A few observations:
Great for 5: Rangers starter Miles Mikolas did not look like a pitcher with a 12.46 ERA. That was his ERA when he took the mound for his third career start. Even though he seemed to tire somewhat in a rough sixth inning that skewed his pitching line, the Rangers have to be thrilled that the 25-year-old limited the Angels to one run (unearned) and four hits through five.
The night turned sour for Mikolas in the sixth. Howie Kendrick tied the score by rolling a single to right and David Freese put the Angels ahead on a base hit. Hank Conger made it 5-2, grounding a two-run double between Carlos Pena and the first-base bag.
Just five days earlier, Houston clubbed Mikolas for 12 hits and nine earned runs.
Ground under repair: Rookie second baseman Rougned Odor is a busy guy when he comes to the plate. He scrapes the dirt in the batter's box to get it just right, then draws a couple of lines in the sand with the handle of his bat before settling into his ready position. The routine worked nicely in the second inning when the 20-year-old spanked an RBI double, the key hit for a 2-0 lead in the second inning. Odor picked up another hit, a leadoff single in the seventh.
Defensive gems: Leonys Martin banged into the center-field wall chasing down Kole Calhoun's deep drive to start the game. ... Left fielder Jake Smolinski battled the sun in the second to make a diving catch on Josh Hamilton's liner in the alley. ... Smolinski made an even better play in the third, laying out at full stretch to snag Albert Pujols' bid for extra bases with three men on base. Pujols had to settle for a sacrifice fly. ... Elvis Andrus gloved a tricky hop and Odor made a nice turn on an eighth-inning double play.
Streak ends: Adrian Beltre, the American League's leading batter, saw his 15-game hitting streak come to an end after going 0-for-3. Beltre contributed a productive out in the third when his infield out moved Alex Rios to third base with one out. He drew a walk in the fifth.
Missed chances: The Rangers went 0-for-6 with runners in scoring position in Friday's 3-0 loss to the Angels. In the first inning against Weaver, the Rangers went 0-for-3 with the heart of the order, Rios, Beltre and Martin going down. Texas did the same in the third, going 0-for-3 after Rios' leadoff double.
Notes: Angels left fielder Collin Cowgill left the game after his fouled bunt attempt struck him in the face. He received stiches to his nose and was taken to a local hospital for further testing. ... Rangers pitching limited Mike Trout to one hit, a soft second-inning single. Trout homered in the first two games of the series.
Up next: The Rangers and Angels complete their four-game series in the final game before the All-Star break with the Angels' left-handed pitcher Tyler Skaggs being opposed by an as yet to be determined Rangers starter. Scott Baker and recently promoted Ryan Feierabend are the likely candidates. Starting time is 2:05 p.m. CT Sunday at Globe Life Park.
Blood was pouring from the bridge of Cowgill's nose after being struck in the eighth inning. He immediately put his hand over his face and started walking toward the Angels dugout.
The Angels said Cowgill got stitches on his nose and was then taken to a hospital for further evaluation.
The pitch by Matt West went over the bat and appeared to hit Cowgill flush on the face. It wasn't clear if the ball tipped off the bat before hitting Cowgill.
Efren Navarro finished the at-bat for Cowgill and drew a walk.
The presentation features video tributes and remarks from Brad Sham, a former partner and longtime Dallas Cowboys broadcaster. John Rhadigan of Fox Sports Southwest in the emcee.
Nadel, 63, began his association with the Rangers in 1979 and in 2006 announced he had signed a lifetime contract with the club, allowing him to remain on the broadcast team until he chooses to retire.
In recognition, the Rangers are presenting the first 15,000 fans to tonight's game Eric Nadel bobbleheads, complete with a recording of his call of the play that sent the Rangers to their first World Series.
Fox Sports Southwest will televise a 30-minute special honoring Nadel at 1 p.m. on Sunday.
More moves: Left-handed pitcher Ryan Feierabend is the latest to catch the shuttle from Triple-A Round Rock to Arlington. In 19 starts with Round Rock, Feierabend posted an 8-5 record with a 4.54 ERA in 113 innings with a 26/67 walk to strikeout ratio.
Left-handed reliever Aaron Poreda was optioned to Round Rock to make room for Feierabend on the 25-man roster. Feierabend, 28, was a third round draft choice of the Mariners in 2003. He made it to the big club for parts of the three seasons from 2006-2008. In 2009, he underwent Tommy John surgery. The Rangers signed him to a minor league contract prior to last season.
“I’ve got butterflies now," Feierabend said in the Rangers clubhouse. “But I’m excited. As a player you always hope you get that chance."
Rangers manager Ron Washington said the Rangers will not make a decision on a starting pitcher for Sunday’s game until after tonight’s game. Feierabend and Scott Baker are the leading candidates.
Class act: Washington revealed that Colby Lewis volunteered to go to the bullpen if he was needed leading up to the All-Star break.
“That’s a class act," Washington said. “That’s being a great teammate."
Lewis, the Rangers' starter on Thursday, had an outing that many pitchers, as Washington put it, would run away and hide from. But after allowing 13 runs on 13 hits, Lewis was back in the dugout for the final innings.
“It’s a lesson to a lot of young kids," Washington said.
Time to regroup: It is Washington’s opinion that the All-Star break could be helpful for veterans Shin-Soo Choo, Elvis Andrus, Alex Rios and Leonys Martin.
“Choo, with his competitive spirit, it might do him some good to get away," Washington said. “It should help Elvis, Rios and Martin, too. [Adrian] Beltre, he doesn’t get mentally taxed"
As for the younger players, “they don’t know what’s going on," he said.
Jake is back: Outfielder Jake Smolinski starts in left field tonight. Smolinski was hit on his left elbow by a Garrett Richards pitch in the second inning Friday and Washington took the decision out of Smolinski’s hands by removing him. The manager said he wanted Smolinski to get treatment immediately for his hot-hitting rookie so he would be ready for tonight’s game.
Rehab update: Rangers first baseman/outfielder Jim Adduci is scheduled to begin a rehab assignment for Double-A Frisco tonight. ... The club put on hold for a week the rehab assignment for outfielder Engel Beltre while they work with him to improve his first-step quickness. He’s had a problem getting a jump as a base-runner and getting out of the batter’s box, Washington said.
"It's a refresher," Washington said. "Especially with newer guys in the lineup."
With the influx of young players this season, Washington concedes increased bunting could be in the Rangers' future.
"We have more guys that might be asked to bunt," he said.
The Rangers already lead the American League in sacrifices with 27. The bunt most often comes into play in close games, but the Rangers haven't had a lot of those lately. The average margin of defeat in their current six-game losing streak, for example, is five runs.
Texas' home run total of 68 is fourth from the bottom in the AL.
The Rangers can't sit back and wait on the three-run homer. They have only four of those this season, and no grand slams. The Rangers hit a home run every 45.6 at-bats. Only Kansas City, Boston and Minnesota have a worse at-bats-to-home run ratio in the AL.
Texas leads the league in the dubious category of grounding into double plays with 88, another reason to consider more bunting.
But here's a tip for the rest of the league: One Ranger who will not get the bunt sign, Washington said, is All-Star third baseman and cleanup hitter Adrian Beltre, the league's leading batter with a .341 average.
The Rangers will try to put a stop to their tailspin when they host the Angels at 6:15 p.m. CT Saturday at Globe Life Park. Rookie Miles Mikolas, with a 12.46 ERA, will face another tough customer in the Angels' Jered Weaver.
That miss turned into a 418-foot home run by Mike Trout in the fourth inning. And a run was all Los Angeles Angels pitcher Garrett Richards and the Angels' bullpen needed.
"I felt like I did a pretty good job," the 25-year-old right-hander said. "I made that one mistake to Trout."
The Angels added insurance with two runs in the seventh. Tepesch (3-5) gave up singles to Albert Pujols, Josh Hamilton and Erick Aybar to produce the second Los Angeles run. Another run charged to Tepesch scored on a base hit off reliever Neftali Feliz.
"In that last inning, I thought they made good swings on pretty good pitches," Tepesch said.
Manager Ron Washington was pleased with Tepesch's effort.
"Tepesch pitched extremely well and did what we need him to do," Washington said. "It was a good thing to see. He threw one pitch he'd like to get back."
It was misfortune for Tepesch that he came up against Richards, who improved to 11-2.
"He had a heck of a game and is having a great year," Tepesch said.
Texas went 0-for-6 with runners in scoring position.
"Our guys are working as hard as I am," Tepesch said. "There will be days when I give up runs and they'll have to pick me up again."
Said Washington: "Richards was better than we were tonight. It's tough when you have to face a guy like him. He has tremendous stuff. We just couldn't do it tonight."
Notes: The manager said the team looked "more engaged" in the wake of Thursday's clubhouse meeting. "And we finally got a well-pitched game." ... Rangers designated hitter Shin-Soo Choo went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts. He also struck out three times Thursday. Washington said Choo probably is pressing because of his competitive nature. "But he's been around the game long enough to handle it," the manager said.
Richards limited Texas to five hits in seven shutout innings before turning it over to the bullpen.
The loss was the Rangers' sixth in a row and No. 20 in their last 23 games.
A few observations:
Strong outing: Tepesch pitched better than his statistical line might indicate. He retired the first 10 Angels before Mike Trout broke the string with a 418-foot home run into the Angels' bullpen. It was Trout's second home run of the series and 22nd of the season.
Two defensive plays Rangers infielders couldn't quite make cost Tepesch in the seventh. Shortstop Elvis Andrus just missed flagging down Albert Pujols' leadoff single. Josh Hamilton followed with a base hit off the outstretched glove of Rougned Odor. Erick Aybar followed with an RBI single for a 2-0 lead and that was the end of the night for Tepesch.
Reliever Neftali Feliz couldn't prevent an inherited runner from scoring.
That smarts!: Rookie Jake Smolinski, batting .571 so far after four starts, stayed in the game after being hit above the left elbow by a Richards pitch in the second inning and promptly made a hard slide into second, breaking up a potential double play. But Smolinski did not return to the field for the third inning because of a left elbow contusion. X-rays were negative.
Collision course: Ron Washington's motivational clubhouse meeting Thursday might have had something to do with a near collision of Rangers in the first inning. Right fielder Alex Rios came running in on Trout's fly to shallow right and second baseman Odor was sprinting out. Rios dived out of the way at the last moment and Odor may have inadvertently contacted Rios as he made the catch. Rios stayed in the game and had two hits.
Wasted chances: The Rangers stranded a runner in scoring position off Richards in five of the first six innings. Leonys Martin failed on two chances, grounding to second in the first and to first base in the third.
15 and counting: Adrian Beltre keeps validating the players' All-Star voting, which saw him on top among third basemen. Beltre extended his hitting streak to 15 games with a third-inning single to right. It is the longest active hitting streak in the American League. Beltre last had a 15-game streak in 2008 when he played for the Seattle Mariners. In the eighth with a man aboard, Beltre drove Trout to the wall with a deep fly out.
Contact problem: Designated hitter Shin-Soo Choo struck out three times for the second straight game.
Defensive gems: There were quite a few for Texas. Beltre made a nice stop of a tricky hop off the bat of Pujols to end the first. Daniel Robertson covered a lot of ground to chase down Hamilton's fly ball in the fourth. Robinson Chirinos made a perfect throw to Andrus, thwarting Aybar's attempted steal of second in the fourth. First baseman Carlos Pena robbed Kole Calhoun of extra bases by spearing his line drive in the sixth. The Rangers turned a snappy double play started by Beltre in the eighth. It had to be snappy to double up Trout.
Up next: The Rangers and Angels tangle in the third game of the four-game series at 6:15 p.m. CT Saturday with Rangers right-hander Miles Mikolas (0-1, 12.46 ERA) facing off against right-hander Jered Weaver (9-6, 3.50 ERA) at Globe Life Park on ESPN 103.3 FM and Fox.
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Garrett Richards allowed five hits over seven innings to extend his personal winning streak to seven decisions as the Los Angeles Angels handed the Texas Rangers their sixth consecutive loss, 3-0 on Friday night.
Mike Trout provided Richards all the run support he needed with a solo home run in the fourth inning, his 22nd of the season.
Richards (11-2) is unbeaten in his last eight starts and the right-hander has an ERA of 1.27 during that span.
Texas right-hander Nick Tepesch (3-5) retired the first 10 batters he faced before Trout sent a 1-0 sinker 418 feet to center field for the game's first run. Tepesch allowed two runs in the seventh.
The Rangers left eight men on base, including runners in scoring position in six innings.
"Mainly, I want to see commitment," Washington said during his pregame media conference before Friday's game against the Angels. "They're giving the effort. Effort is when you hit a ground ball, you run it out. Or a fly ball, you go at it.
"Commitment is doing what the game asks you to do. Not doing something that somebody else has the ability to do and you don't. Commitment is not looking for a reward after doing what you're supposed to do.
"We're in the process of getting the new guys to understand what this means. It's a process. I've been in the process all my life. I want committed people. I don't want just one guy to get paid. I want all of us to get paid. And the only way that can happen, we've got to win."
Texas has lost five straight and 19 of 22 to fall to the bottom of the AL West standings.
Washington said he can live with a player who doesn't get the desired result when trying to do the right thing -- like taking a pitch or sacrificing an at-bat to get a runner over.
"If you do the right thing more times than not you'll get the results you're looking for," he said.
Washington said the Rangers' younger players have a role model in third baseman Adrian Beltre. Just as it was a few years before with Michael Young.
"In this game, showing what needs to be done is more important than telling them what needs to be done," the manager said.
Shortstop Elvis Andrus, unlike many of the newer Rangers, has heard Washington's words before in a clubhouse meeting.
"Everything he said is right," Andrus said. "Wash is super cool, but it got to the point where he needed say some things.
"He's always into it. He has passion. I'm all for it."
Andrus is back in the lineup after missing the last five innings of Thursday's 15-6 loss to the Angels when he tweaked his ankle turning a double play.
Dream start: Hot-hitting rookie Jake Smolinski, batting .571, draws his fourth straight start and his parents will once again be in the stands at Globe Life Park. He'll be in left field and bat sixth.
"This has been something I'll never forget," said Smolinski, now 8-for-14 at the plate with three doubles and four RBIs. "I don't want to get caught up in numbers. I just want to make sure I'm giving 100 percent and whatever happens, happens."
Smolinski has noticed the scouting reports are a lot better in the big leagues. And that it is difficult to track a line drive to left field at Globe Life Park before the sun sets.
Roster moves: The Rangers made a couple of moves on Friday, signing well-traveled 32-year-old right-handed pitcher Jerome Williams to a contract with Triple-A Round Rock and shifting outfielder Engel Beltre from Round Rock to Double-A Frisco to continue his rehab assignment.
Williams was recently released by the Astros. He also has played for the Giants, Cubs, Nationals, Twins, Dodgers, Athletics and Angels. His first start for Round Rock would likely be Sunday.
Soto, 31, was charged with misdemeanor possession of marijuana under two ounces, according to Sgt. Robert Eberling of the Grapevine Police Department. He was released on $500 bail.
"I was stopped by Grapevine Police on Wednesday night," Soto said in a statement released through the team. "I am embarrassed and would like to apologize to my family, the Rangers organization, and our fans that I was taken in on this charge.
"Because this is an ongoing case, I cannot discuss this matter any further at this time."
Soto has not played this season after injuring his left knee in March.
"The Rangers organization is aware of Wednesday night's incident involving Geovany Soto," the team said in a statement. "We have spoken to Geovany, and he has apologized and expressed deep embarrassment for the situation. We have notified Major League Baseball of the incident. As this is an ongoing case, this is the only comment we will have at this time."
Soto hit .245 with nine home runs and 22 RBI last season, his first full year with Texas after being acquired from the Chicago Cubs at the non-waiver trading deadline in 2012.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.
Fielder spoke Thursday to reporters in the clubhouse for the first time since his cervical fusion of two disks in his neck on May 27.
Fielder's conversation came a day before the Body Issue hit newsstands. The 275-pound slugger had a nude cover shot for the issue that had already been circulated.
He took the expected ribbing from teammates. The shoot was done before Fielder's surgery.
"Everything's been good so far I guess," he said. "Yeah, just happy I did it, it was pretty cool. You don't have to have a six pack to play sports or to be an athlete, so I figured I'd give it a shot, see how it looks."
Fielder said he is focused on healing after neck surgery, and he's not worried about when he will play again for the Rangers.
"I'm motivated [to play], but I just want to heal first. I'm not trying to push anything," Fielder said. "That's what got me in this situation now. I'm trying to be a little smarter."
The first baseman said he is doing a little rehab, but nothing too serious or baseball-wise yet.
Fielder isn't expected to play again this season, but he should be ready for spring training.
"Right now, not really worried about the baseball part," he said. "Worried about just actually letting it fuse and letting it heal. Baseball stuff, that'll be there, obviously. But I just want to heal first before I do anything. Once I get cleared to do something, I don't know how to do under 100 percent."
The last time Gimenez, a catcher-first baseman for the Rangers, pitched, it was in an Alaskan college summer league. Weaver, now the ace of the Angels' pitching staff, was a teammate.
“He was reminding me that my earned run average back then was 36,’’ Gimenez said. “I was hoping not to have a 36 after this one.’’
Instead, Gimenez set the Angels down in order on a groundout, strikeout and fly ball.
“Really it is not something you want to do, but at the same time you kind of do,’’ Gimenez said. “You might as well have fun with it.’’
In the fourth inning, Gimenez suggested to a coach that if needed, he was ready. In the eighth, he got word to warm up.
“I was trying to calm myself down. I'm a catcher. My plan was to throw it down the middle and see what happens.’’
Gimenez became the seventh position player to pitch in Rangers' history, and the second this season. Mitch Moreland worked an inning in a 12-1 loss in Colorado on May 6. The most notable example is Jose Canseco's appearance against Boston in 1993, when he injured his arm and missed the rest of the season.
The Rangers will hope to avoid another emergency hurler when they host the Angels in Game 2 of the series, set for 7:05 tonight at Globe Life Park.
“I needed to remind them of some things,’’ Washington said at his postgame news conference that was delayed by a half-hour. “I think they received my message well.’’
With so many newcomers, the makeup of the clubhouse has changed.
“There’s a big group that doesn't know what winning is all about,’’ Washington said. “But I wanted them to know I believe in them.’’
His message is to keep fighting.
“Baseball is full of adversity, but don’t give in to it,’’ Washington said.
Catcher Chris Gimenez, an emergency pitcher on this night, said he thought the manager said things that needed to be said.
“This is not a losing team,’’ Gimenez said. “This organization has done well. He told us we shouldn’t make excuses for ourselves and that he still feels like we have guys that can play.
“I think everybody on the team would agree he said things that should be said. And if we can’t pick it up, we don’t deserve to be here.’’
Lewis bombed: The Angels attacked so quickly, Colby Lewis said he never really had a chance to establish his game plan.
“I wanted to get ahead early and get outs, but I really didn’t have an opportunity to get ahead," he said. "I felt like it happened so quick. Like the first or second pitch and done. They hit it and found the gaps and I got beat, plain and simple."
In 2⅓ innings, Lewis was charged with a club-record 13 runs, 11 of them earned, on 13 hits.
“I didn’t get outs. I didn’t do my job.’’
Said Washington: “For three innings, they pounded us. They didn’t miss. There were a couple of outs we didn’t get. I really thought after they scored two in the first inning, Colby would shut them down. It didn’t happen.’’