Sunday, March 24, 2013
Rapid Reaction: Rangers 7, Reds 2
By Ron Matejko
SURPRISE, Ariz. -- The Texas Rangers (15-13-2) swept a home-and-home series against the Cincinnati Reds (9-17-2), following Saturday's win with a 7-2 victory on Sunday at Surprise Stadium.
What this means
Texas moves two games above .500 for the first time this spring after failing to do so on its first three attempts. The Rangers also won back-to-back games (excluding split squads) for the first time since March 12 and 14.
RHP Alexi Ogando had his most effective outing of the spring, tossing six scoreless innings while scattering three hits, walking one and striking out five. Ogando leads the team with 18 strikeouts in 21.1 innings.
For the second consecutive game, a Texas Rangers batter knocked a Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher out of the ballgame after hitting him with a line drive. During the sixth inning of Sunday's game, David Murphy hit a ball off the back of Reds starter Bronson Arroyo's right hand. He immediately left the game. Also during the sixth inning on Saturday, Rangers catcher Geovany Soto hit a hard drive that nailed Reds starter Mat Latos in the right foot. He left the game after a quick exam on the mound.
1B Lance Berkman had a good day at the plate, going 2-for-2 with a single, two-run home run, sacrifice fly and three RBIs.
Leonys Martin drove in a run with a sacrifice fly, giving the outfielder 12 RBIs this spring and tying him with Mitch Moreland for the team lead.
Closer Joe Nathan was sharp during his brief appearance, throwing a scoreless seventh inning while striking out two of the three batters he faced.
RHP Johan Yan was reassigned to minor league camp, the team announced on Sunday. With the addition of Brad Mills earlier in the day, the Rangers' major league camp roster remains at 39. In nine appearances, Yan was 0-1 with two saves, a 2.16 ERA and nine strikeouts in 8.1 innings.
Surprise in Surprise
Earlier Sunday, manager Ron Washington called OF Craig Gentry his biggest surprise of training camp. Gentry showed why against the Reds, going 2-for-3 with a single and triple, a stolen base, an RBI and two runs scored. He is hitting .333 this spring.
RHP Cory Burns closed out the win in style by striking out the side in the ninth.
Texas takes a short ride down Bell Road to the Peoria Sports Complex to face the San Diego Padres for the final time this spring on Monday at 3:05 p.m. CT. LHP Derek Holland (1-0, 1.29) is the scheduled starter for Texas. RHP Jason Marquis (0-0, 2.25) will take the mound for San Diego. The game can be heard on a delayed broadcast on ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM at 7 p.m. CT.