Wednesday, May 23, 2012
Rapid Reaction: Mariners 5, Rangers 3
By Richard Durrett
The bats went relatively silent and Scott Feldman wasn't able to get out of the fifth inning in a 5-3 loss to the Seattle Mariners. Texas did score three runs in the eighth to get closer, but it wasn't enough.
What it means: Texas went 3-3 on this road trip. They end 20 straight games without a scheduled off day at 10-10.
Offensive drought: Since the second inning of the final game in Houston, the Rangers have scored eight runs in 35 innings. ... In the last 10 games, Texas has scored 35 runs (an average of 3.5 per game). Coming into Wednesday's game, they had hit just .251 (78-for-311) in the last nine games. The Rangers have gone 4-6 in the last 10 games. ... The eighth inning did keep the Rangers from getting shut out. They haven't been shut out this season, along with the Orioles, Indians, Tigers, Diamondbacks and Giants.
Manager Ron Washington joins ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM's Bryan Dolgin following the Rangers' 5-3 loss in Seattle on Wednesday.
Grand slam:Alex Liddi's grand slam in the fifth ended Feldman's day and pushed the Mariners lead to 5-0. The inning started with a leadoff walk -- usually a killer -- and a single just over a diving Elvis Andrus. Ian Kinsler dropped a throw to second on a pickoff attempt and with one out Dustin Ackley was intentionally walked to load the bases in the hopes of a double play. Instead, Liddi hit the first pitch he saw from Feldman to left field for the grand slam. ... The last opponent to hit a grand slam off the Rangers was Scott Sizemore of the A's on Sept. 10, 2011 off Yoshi Tateyama.
Feldman can't get through five: Feldman, filling in for the injured Neftali Feliz, wasn't able to get out of the fifth inning. After the grand slam, he was taken out in favor of lefty Robbie Ross. In 4 1/3 innings, Feldman gave up five runs on three hits with five walks (one intentional).
Walks: The Rangers pitchers are starting to have issues with walks. They came into the road trip second-to-last in the AL in walks, but in Seattle they've had issues. Feldman was the latest one. He walked the first three batters he faced in the second inning but managed to get out of the inning with only one run allowed (on a sacrifice fly). ... Yu Darvish walked six on Monday and three scored. Matt Harrison had two walks in the first inning Tuesday and one of them scored. Harrison, however, rebounded from it and didn't walk another batter. ... The Rangers issued 15 walks in this three-game series.
Wasted chance early:Yorvit Torrealba hit a fly ball to left field that should have been caught by Alex Liddi. It wasn't and Torrealba ended up at second (he wasn't running hard out of the box, thinking it was going to be caught) with no outs. But Mitch Moreland, Kinsler and Andrus weren't able to get him home.
Beltre's day: Third baseman Adrian Beltre came in hitting .300 on the road trip (6-for-20) and added a double in the fourth -- but was stranded -- and a two-run homer in the eighth.
Up next: The Rangers get an off day Thursday before playing three at home against Toronto and three at home against Seattle before heading to Anaheim.