Sunday, May 11, 2014
Poreda continues to get job done
By Randy Jennings Special to ESPNDallas.com
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Aaron Poreda is giving the Rangers bullpen a boost since his promotion from Triple-A Round Rock three weeks ago.
The 27-year-old left-hander ran his scoreless streak as a Ranger to 8.1 innings in nine appearances with 1.1 innings of hitless work in Saturday’s 8-3 loss to Boston.
He is the fifth pitcher in club history to not allow a run in his first nine appearances. The last to do it was Clay Rapada in 2010.
Aaron Poreda has thrown 8.1 scoreless innings for the Rangers this season.
Poreda has the second-most innings in the majors for pitchers yet to allow a run. The leader is Milwaukee’s Francisco Rodriguez with 19 innings.
Not only has Poreda kept a clean sheet for himself, he’s also stranded all six inherited runners.
“He’s been tremendous,’’ said Rangers manager Ron Washington. “I don’t know a lot about his background, but he has been taught well.
“I’m seeing a fastball at 96 mph with movement, a pretty good change and a breaking ball. I like his work ethic. The way we’ve used him has helped him a lot,’’ Washington said.
If Poreda is used against the Red Sox in today‘s 2:05 start at Globe Life Park, it will be the first time the Rangers have used him on consecutive days.
The first-round draft choice of the White Sox in 2007 missed the entire 2013 season with Tommy John surgery and back-to-back outings was a hurdle Poreda tried to prepare for in his stint at Round Rock.
Until his Rangers call-up, Poreda’s big league experience consisted of 14 games in 2009 shared between the White Sox and Padres.
Umpire Vic Carapazza ejected Rangers pitching coach Mike Maddux on Saturday. Today Carapazza works the plate. “It’s forgotten,’’ Washington said. “It’s never personal.
"The only time I’ve ever apologized to an umpire, I got thrown out in Detroit and in the heat of the moment, I said some things I wanted to take back as soon as the words came out. I apologized the next day.’’
Washington on why he seldom takes the lineup card to home plate: “I take it out the first day of the season. After that I let my bench coach do it. I don’t want to be involved in the conversation.’’