Friday, June 18, 2010
Feldman gets a double to start it
By Calvin Watkins
HOUSTON -- The Rangers got this party started thanks to their pitcher.
In the Rangers' 9-3, victory over the Astros on Friday night, pitcher Scott Feldman hit a one-out double down the right field line. It started a six-run inning where the Rangers sent 10 men to the plate.
Feldman came home on a Vladimir Guerrero walk. But it was his double that got the Rangers' dugout buzzing.
"We were kidding around; 'Nine-hole production," catcher Matt Treanor said. "These guys have a good time and it's a different part of the game these guys don't get to try out. So it's like a position player going out to throw half an inning. It's fun to watch him do well."
Feldman's double was the first extra base-hit by a Rangers pitchers since Kevin Millwood did it on June 26, 2008, also at Minute Maid Park.
In his career, Feldman has just two hits. His first came against the New York Mets on June 13, 2008. That was a single.
This one was a little more special.
"I just happened to get lucky and kind of pretty much if I ever get a hit, it's luck," he said. "I haven't hit on a regular basis in so long, you just try not to look like an idiot out there. If somebody is on base, just try and bunt him over and try not to fall over like I did last game."