Tuesday, April 26, 2011
Rapid Reaction: Jays 10, Rangers 3
By Richard Durrett
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Matt Harrison struggled from the opening pitch and the Rangers fell behind 10-3 after 3 1/2 innings and couldn't make a comeback, falling for the second straight night to the Blue Jays. Some quick thoughts (I'll have more from the clubhouse shortly):
* Matt Harrison had the worst outing of his season packed into just one inning. It was an awful first inning for Harrison, who watched as the first six Blue Jays hitters got on base. He gave up three singles (none of them particularly hard) and three walks. One of those was on four pitches to a .148 hitter (Juan Rivera). Harrison just didn't have his command and couldn't make the adjustments. The three walks matched his high for an outing this season, and the Blue Jays took a 5-0 lead.
* Adrian Beltre's glove helped keep the inning from getting any worse. He snagged a ball hit by Travis Snider, stepped on third and then threw to first to get the double play.
* The Rangers tried to claw back in it in the second. David Murphy doubled with two outs, and before it was all over, Chris Davis and Julio Borbon had RBI hits to give the Rangers three runs.
Davis' opposite-field double off the wall in left-center was his first hit for the Rangers in 2011. Davis later doubled to the opposite field again in the ninth.
* Harrison couldn't get the shutdown inning the Rangers needed in the third, giving up a leadoff homer to Adam Lind and then three straight singles to give the the Blue Jays a 7-3 advantage and end the momentum the Rangers tried to generate in the second. Unlike in the first inning, Harrison was hit hard in the third. And that was it for him as he was lifted for Brett Tomko going to the fourth. The outing pushed Harrison's ERA to 3.69 (it was 1.88 going into the game).
* It was just one of those games where Harrison couldn't find the zone, a rarity for him this season. The question: How will he react to it? Will he bounce back in his next start in Oakland? That will be interesting to watch.
* Tomko came in and struggled too. He gave up a one-out double to Corey Patterson and then walked Jose Bautista before Lind hit his second homer of the game. Lind is another Blue Jay who has crushed Rangers pitching. He has 14 homers in 31 games against Texas, his most against any team. He has five multi-homer games, and three of them have come in Arlington.
* Julio Borbon and Beltre made a nice play in the third. Borbon came in to shallow center field on a single and immediately threw to third base. Beltre acted like a throw wasn't coming and then quickly tagged a sliding J.P. Arencibia.
* Looked like manager Ron Washington was having some fun with Beltre as he went to tell him he was going to take him out of the game. Washington rubbed Beltre's head, walked away, turned around and laughed. Beltre had a surprised look on his face. Alexi Ogando and Andres Blanco clearly enjoyed it.
* Borbon had a good defensive game. He made a diving catch coming in on a ball in the seventh and then caught a ball near the wall in deep left-center in the eighth.
* Andrus couldn't grab a one-hopper that went off his glove and was charged with an error. So that's errors in four of the last five games, which is odd for Andrus.
* Tomko gave the club innings Tuesday, coming in for the fourth inning and working through the eighth. He gave up the three-run homer in the fourth that all but ended any hopes of a comeback, but then settled down and got outs. He ended up giving up three hits in those five innings with five strikeouts and two walks. He did save the bullpen. Dave Bush would be the long man tomorrow if needed.
* Darren O'Day, whose left hip has been bothering him, came in for the ninth inning. He hadn't pitched since last Wednesday and the club wanted to see how he would do. He gave up a hit, a chopper between third and short, but two ground outs and a strikeout. Washington gave O'Day a big high-five.