Saturday, June 16, 2012
Matchup: Justin Grimm vs. Lucas Harrell
By David Collier
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Game 2 of this three-game series between the Texas Rangers and interleague rival Houston Astros will feature RHP Justin Grimm, who is making his Major League debut, vs. RHP Lucas Harrell. The game starts at 6:15 p.m. on ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM and FSSW. A quick look at the matchup:
Grimm (ML debut): The 23-year-old is 8-3 with a 1.87 ERA, including 67 strikeouts and 14 walks, in 77 innings pitched with the Double-A Frisco RoughRiders. ... He holds the lowest ERA in the Texas League this season. ... Has gone through seven innings in three of his last four starts with Frisco. ... He was drafted in the fifth round of the 2010 June draft.
Harrell (6-4, 4.83): The 27-year-old is making his 14th start of the season. ... He gave up four runs, one earned, and struck out six over 5.2 innings of work in a win against Texas, on May 19. ... Has picked up a win in his last two starts despite giving up nine combined runs in those outings. ... He holds a 6.13 ERA on the road compared to a home ERA of 2.76.
Hitters: Current Rangers are 6-for-22 against Harrell. ... Adrian Beltre is 3-for-4 with a double and two RBIs. ... David Murphy is 1-for-3 with a home run and three RBIs. ... Ian Kinsler is 0-for-3 with two strikeouts.
Sun. vs. Hou.: RHP Colby Lewis (5-5, 3.13) vs. RHP Bud Norris (5-4, 4.81), 2:05 p.m., ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM/1540 AM/FSSW