Monday, March 25, 2013
Rapid Reaction: Padres 3, Rangers 1
By Ron Matejko
PEORIA, Ariz. -- The Texas Rangers (15-14-2) saw their two-game winning streak come to an end Monday after dropping a 3-1 decision to the San Diego Padres (15-16) at Peoria Sports Complex.
What it means: Texas failed to move to three games above. 500 for the first time this spring. The Rangers had won three of their last four prior to Monday's loss.
Holland the pitcher: LHP Derek Holland made his first appearance in an 'A' game since Feb. 28 due to his participation in the World Baseball Classic. Holland allowed three earned runs on six hits, with one walk and seven strikeouts over six innings. Two of the hits allowed were home runs. Holland allowed 32 home runs in 171 1/3 innings in 2012.
Holland the hitter: Holland also swung the bat Monday as the first Rangers pitcher to hit in a 2013 spring training game. In his first at-bat, the lefty blooped an RBI single over the head of second baseman Jedd Gyorko. In his next at bat with runners at first and second with one out in the fourth inning, Holland squared to bunt before pulling back and taking a full swing, only to miss the pitch. He attempted a bunt on the next pitch but fouled it off and missed a bunt on the third pitch to strike out. He also struck out in his third and final at-bat. American League pitchers will be called upon to contribute at the plate much more frequently this season with interleague play expanded throughout the entire season.
Electric Elvis: Elvis Andrus went 2-for-5 with a single and double, extending his hitting streak to 14 games. Andrus commented recently that the hitting streak didn't matter because it doesn't count, but it must feel a lot better to be hitting well as spring winds down.
Relieved reliever: Robbie Ross is becoming more comfortable with moving back to the bullpen after competing most of the spring for the fifth starter's job. In his second relief appearance, Ross pitched one scoreless inning, allowing one hit with one strikeout.
Ortiz rebounds: LHP Joe Ortiz bounced back from allowing a run in his last outing to pitch another scoreless frame Monday with one strikeout. Ortiz had not given up a run until his appearance Mar. 22 against the Colorado Rockies. He has an 0.82 ERA in 11 innings.
What's next? Texas will play its final game at Surprise Stadium when it hosts the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday at 3:05 p.m. CT. LHP Matt Harrison (1-0, 4.00) is the scheduled starter for the Rangers. LHP Chris Sale (3-0, 4.19) will take the mound for the White Sox.