Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Rapid Reaction: Rangers 12, Brewers 3
By Ron Matejko
SURPRISE, Ariz. -- The Texas Rangers (8-8-2) resumed their winning ways with a 12-3 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers (7-9) on Tuesday at Surprise Stadium. Alexi Ogando gave up two hits and three walks but struck out three and didn't allow any runs in a spring-high four innings. Ogando finished his outing on a high note by striking out the final batter he faced. He appeared to be wearing down after walking two in the fourth inning and approaching his 65-pitch limit, but the right-hander sucked it up and struck out Josh Prince on four pitches for his third punchout of the day.
What it means: The Rangers have reached the .500 mark for the second time this spring and are 6-1-1 in their last eight games.
Dazzling debut:Kyle McClellan made his spring debut and pitched two scoreless innings, allowing just one walk. Of his six outs, three were groundouts and three were infield popups.
ESPNDallas.com's Jean-Jacques Taylor joins Galloway & Company from Surprise, Ariz., to discuss the latest from Rangers spring training.
Welcome back:Elvis Andrus had a busy game in his return to the Rangers after playing in the World Baseball Classic. The Rangers shortstop reached base via a walk, a base hit and an error. He also stole a base and scored two runs while going 1-for-2.
Busy basepaths:A.J. Pierzynski had a pair of sacrifice flies and nine of Rangers' 13 batters to make a plate appearance during the first two innings reached base.
White hot:Jeff Baker is showing no signs of slowing down at the plate. Baker hit fourth Tuesday and went 2-for-2 with a home run, a single, a walk and two RBIs. Baker now owns a seven-game hitting streak and is batting an eye-popping .800 (12-for-15) with three walks during that span. He is batting .529 overall this spring.
Quick work: Reliever Michael Kirkman continued his excellent spring with yet another scoreless inning. He allowed one hit but forced the next batter to hit into a double play and only faced the minimum three batters in the inning. Kirkman is unscored upon in six spring innings.
Extra outs: Three of the four runs scored by the Rangers in the second inning were unearned thanks to a pair of Milwaukee errors.
What's next? The Rangers are off Wednesday but return to action Thursday to take on the Oakland A's at Phoenix Municipal Stadium at 3:05 p.m. CT. RHP Randy Wells (0-0, 5.63) will start for the Rangers. RHP Dan Straily (1-0, 6.75) will make his second start of the spring against Texas.