ARLINGTON, Texas -- When catcher Chris Gimenez took the mound as an emergency pitcher in the ninth inning of Thursday's 15-6 Rangers loss, he could hear razzing from Jered Weaver in the Angels' dugout.
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.