Saturday, July 20, 2013
Matchup: Ross Wolf vs. Miguel Gonzalez
By Todd Wills
ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Rangers try to even a three-game series with Baltimore when right-hander Ross Wolf faces Orioles right-hander Miguel Gonzalez at 7:15 p.m. on Fox Sports Southwest and ESPN Dallas FM 103.3 and 1540-AM.
Wolf (1-2, 2.14 ERA): Wolf has been the Rangers' do-it-all man on the pitching staff, from starting two games to pitching in both short and long relief
He will start for the second time against the Orioles in nine days
Wolf pitched well against the Birds in Baltimore, allowing two runs in six innings in his first quality start
Both runs came on home runs to major league leader Chris Davis and Brian Roberts
Wolf retired 10 of the last 12 batters with both runners who reached erased on double plays
He is 0-1 with a 2.85 ERA in two career games against the Orioles
Wolf spent two minor league stints with the Birds.
Gonzalez (7-3, 3.48 ERA): Gonzalez has been on a good roll for the Orioles. He is 5-1 with a 2.49 ERA for his past seven starts
He's pitched at least six innings in all seven starts and has allowed one earned run in four of them
That included his start against the Rangers on July 11, when he allowed one earned run in 6⅔ innings in a 3-1 victory
Gonzalez has been prone to the home run ball, allowing 14 in 101 innings
The right-hander has been tougher on left-handed batters, limiting them to a .214 batting average and two home runs in 193 at-bats
He's allowed 12 homers to right-handed hitters in 178 at-bats
He is 1-1 with a 3.86 ERA in two starts against the Rangers.
Hitters: Ian Kinsler is 2-for-4 with a home run and two RBIs against Gonzalez. Davis is 2-for-4 with a home run and RBI against Wolf.