Saturday, April 3, 2010
Game thoughts: Rangers fall in finale
By Richard Durrett
FRISCO, Texas -- Lefty Matt Harrison was hoping to work on his backdoor pitches in Saturday's 10-7 loss to Kansas City
"But I fell behind 2-0 and 3-0 on too many batters and didn't get a chance to work on it," Harrison said. "I couldn't get in a groove there early, but the third and fourth innings I felt better and made some pitches."
Harrison ended up allowing five runs on seven hits in five innings of work. He had a walk and three strikeouts. But overall, Harrison said he's ready for the season and his first start, which is against the Mariners on Saturday.
""After coming off the surgery, I thought I came in as strong as I could be," Harrison said. "I was ready to work on every aspect of my game and get ready for the season and I think I did that this spring. I got back to what I was doing last year."
Manager Ron Washington felt that Harrison didn't have his rhythm, as evidenced by hitting Kendall with two strikeous on him and later hitting Thorman as well.
The Ragners finish spring training 10-19-1, but Washington isn't worried about the overall record.
"They are ready to go," Washington said. "I feel good about it, I really do. I think my regular guys have been out there doing a pretty good job."
Other game thoughts:
* OF Nelson Cruz (jammed thumb) returned to the lineup and concluded a sensational spring in style. He was 2-for-2 with a run scored and an RBI and hit .364 this spring.
* Vladimir Guerrero a double and scored a run in leading off the fourth inning. Guerrero ran the bases hard, getting to second on his double down the line and scoring on Nelson Cruz's double. Guerrero didn't homer in the spring, but he had seven doubles and 10 RBIs and hit .333, which is solid production.
* It was an up and down game for Julio Borbon. He bobbled a ball in right-center as he tried to back hand it and then made a poor throw to the cutoff man (he was charged with an error). He was also caught stealing with two outs in the first. But Borbon also had two singles and an RBI and hit .326 this spring.
* RHP Chris Ray had a tough inning (though a rough defensive play in right field didn't help him). He ended up allowing five runs on four hits with a walk and a strikeout in 1/3 of an inning. That bumped his spring ERA to 9.00.
"Whatever he had in his system, I hope that was it and he got it out," Washington said. "We still believe in Chris and we still think he can get some outs. We'll go through the year and see how it goes. We're confident he can help us."
* RHP Doug Mathis got through his inning without allowing a run (one hit, one walk, one strikeout).
* 1B Ryan Garko had two hits on Saturday, including a double. He also bobbled a ground ball hit at him. It was scored a hit, but he was frustrated he didn't make the play. The plan is for Garko to spell Chris Davis against tough lefties this season.
* A few stories from earlier today for you to look at. The Rangers are likely to split the catching duties (at least that's the plan) and Chuck Greenberg said the transfer of ownership is on track to happen the week of April 19th.