Bullpen wrap: What a beating
October, 23, 2011
By Tim MacMahon | ESPNDallas.com
ARLINGTON, Texas – Set-up man Mike Adams and closer Neftali Feliz will be rested and ready for Game 4.
And that sums up any possible positive spin about the Rangers bullpen’s pathetic performance in Saturday’s Game 3 rout by the Cardinals.
A bullpen that had been such a bright spot all postseason was simply awful during the 16-7 loss to the Cardinals.
Texas relievers had allowed a total of 10 runs in the Rangers’ first 12 games this postseason. They got lit up for 11 runs in 6 1/3 innings Saturday night.
“Today was a bad day,” said lefty Mike Gonzalez, who gave up one of the three World Series record-tying home runs by Albert Pujols. “Everyone has a bad day.”
Bad doesn’t do the bullpen’s performance justice.
Scott Feldman, who pitched 10 1/3 scoreless innings in his previous five appearances this postseason, was wild and hittable. He gave up three runs on two walks and two hits in 1 1/3 inning.
Alexi Ogando, a star of the American League pennant run, just couldn’t get anybody out. Actually, he got one out. And allowed four runs on three hits, including a Pujols tape-measure shot, and two walks.
Gonzalez followed that up by making one major mistake in 1 2/3 innings, a fastball to Pujols that caught too much of the plate and ended up on the other side of the center-field fence for a two-run shot.
Mark Lowe and Darren Oliver gave up one run each in one-inning mop-up outings.
“When you add all those things up, it wasn’t a good day for us,” Feldman said. “But everybody will keep their confidence up and be ready to go tomorrow.”