Tuesday, June 15, 2010
Matt Treanor is Rangers' pinch-hit hero
In a game dominated by the starting pitchers, it was catcher Matt Treanor who made the biggest impact ... once he got off the bench with the Rangers down to their last out Tuesday.
With two outs in the top of the ninth, runners at the corners and the Marlins leading 2-1, Treanor pinch hit and sent the first pitch he saw from closer Leo Nunez deep to center for a two-run triple and a 3-2 Rangers lead.
Neftali Feliz pitched a 1-2-3 bottom of the ninth for his 16th save.
How unlikely were Treanor's heroics? It was his third triple in 861 career at-bats. His last triple came in 2007 when he played for Florida, the team with which he started his major league career. He played for the Marlins from 2004 to '08.
Starters C.J. Wilson and Josh Johnson locked in a duel that Johnson appeared to be getting the best of.
The Rangers got to Johnson with three singles and a run in the first inning, but he gave up only one more hit over the next six innings.
Wilson took a one-hitter into the sixth but struggled with his control. That caught up to him when he walked a batter with one out in the sixth then allowed a two-run homer to Hanley Ramirez. Wilson finished with two runs on two hits with six walks and six strikeouts in six innings.
He was on the hook for the loss until Treanor saved the day. Reliever Alexi Ogando, with a scoreless eighth in his major league debut, got the victory.
Rangers third baseman Michael Young, one hit from tying Ivan Rodriguez for the all-time franchise record, went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts. Young gets his next shot at the record Wednesday against Marlins starter Anibal Sanchez, whom he's never faced.