Derek Holland: 'I didn't have it'

September, 25, 2012
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Texas Rangers starter Derek Holland wasn't sure what was going on in his short start on Monday.

The 25-year-old couldn't find his command, got behind a bunch of hitters and ended up allowing three runs on four hits and was out of the game after three innings. It was his shortest start since late May.

"It was pretty frustrating," Holland said. "I just didn't hit my spots. I pitched behind the whole game. I didn't throw any of my off-speed (pitches) for strikes. I was very wild. Everything was moving more than my natural movement."

Holland couldn't seem to get it corrected. He gave up two home runs -- one to Josh Donaldson in the second and another to Yeonis Cespedes in the third -- and manager Ron Washington didn't waste any time in making a change. He put Roy Oswalt in for the fourth and fifth innings and then utilized a few more arms in his bullpen to finish the game.

"I pitched behind and I wasn't executing my pitches," Holland said. "So you can't expect to win a ball game doing that. I'm putting my defense on their heels because I'm not throwing the ball where it needs to be or executing my pitches."

Holland said he'll allow himself to be frustrated Monday night and then will move on beginning Tuesday so he can get ready for his next start this weekend against the Angels.
Richard Durrett joined in September 2009. He writes about colleges, the Dallas Stars and the Texas Rangers. Richard spent nine years at The Dallas Morning News covering the Rangers, Stars, colleges, motorsports and high schools.



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