ARLINGTON, Texas – Five scoreless frames is about all you can ask for when you bring a spot starter out of the bullpen.
Scott Feldman was inches away – twice – from pulling off that feat.
“It was almost a great outing,” Feldman said after the Rangers’ 3-1 loss to the Royals. “I battled through some bad command and was able to get guys to hit balls right at our guys for the most part. Just one pitch away there from getting out of it.”
The outing was spoiled by a couple of unearned runs Feldman gave up with two outs in the fifth. Adrian Beltre’s throwing error left the door cracked, and a diving Craig Gentry couldn’t keep Alcides Escobar’s line drive from falling in shallow center field for a two run single.
Instead of leaving with a chance at a win, Feldman took the loss with a line of the two unearned runs allowed on three hits and one walk in 4 2/3 innings.
“He’s a legitimate big league starter,” Michael Young said of Feldman, who went 17-8 in 2008. “We’ve always viewed him that way. He did a good job tonight. It would have been nice to get him a couple of runs early, but we didn’t do it. He’s a great teammate. Any time he’s got the ball in his hands, we feel like he’s going to throw up some zeroes.”
A few more leftovers from last night’s loss:
*Feldman’s outing was only the third time a Rangers starter failed to last at least five innings this season. The others were Feldman’s spot start April 25 against the Yankees and Matt Harrison’s poor performance May 2 against the Blue Jays.
*The Rangers failed to score more than one runs for the first time in 30 games, ending the majors’ longest streak of multi-run games. The only other time they’ve been limited to one run this season was April 10 against the Mariners. Texas failed to get a hit with runners in scoring position for the first time this season, making them the last club to go hitless with RISP this season.
*Josh Hamilton (1-for-3 with a walk) extended his hitting streak to 14 games with a single to left field in the third inning. Boston’s Dustin Pedroia went 0-for-3 to snap his 14-game hitting streak, so Hamilton now owns the longest active streak in the majors.