Texas Rangers: Anthony Bass

Rapid Reaction: Rangers 4, Padres 2

June, 20, 2012

SAN DIEGO – Yu Darvish threw a season-high 122 pitches in eight innings in the Texas Rangers’ 4-2 victory over the San Diego Padres on Wednesday afternoon at Petco Park.

The Rangers completed the sweep to improve to 12-3 in interleague play and extend their winning streak to six games.

Darvish’s previous high for pitches was 121 on April 19 against the Detroit Tigers. He allowed two runs and five hits, struck out eight and walked three Wednesday in joining rotation-mate Matt Harrison as a nine-game winner.

Some thoughts on the Rangers' second consecutive series sweep:

Gaining control: Darvish’s command was a topic of interest after he issued just two walks, tying a season low, in his last start. He issued two walks in the first inning but only one more the rest of the way.

Hurt by the other pitcher: The Padres jumped ahead 2-0 on starting pitcher Anthony Bass' two-run single off Darvish in the second inning. Bass then stole second for his first career stolen base.

Darvish got a little payback by recording his first major league hit in the third inning, singling off Bass. Darvish then got doubled off first base when Ian Kinsler lined out.

Hamilton report: In his second start since recovering from an intestinal virus, Josh Hamilton lined out to third base in his two at-bats against Bass. Hamilton doubled in the sixth against Dale Thayer. He also struck out against Brad Boxberger.

Short outing: Bass held the Rangers to a run in five innings, but exited with right shoulder inflammation after throwing 60 pitches.

Thayer replaced Bass and didn’t fare so well. He allowed a single to Michael Young and a double to Hamilton with one out in the sixth.

After an intentional walk to Adrian Beltre, the Rangers tied the score 2-2 when Nelson Cruz beat out a double play. The Rangers took the lead when Yorvit Torrealba drew a bases-loaded walk against Boxberger.

On the move: Kinsler stole two bases in the seventh inning after drawing a walk. He scored on Young’s sacrifice fly for a 4-2 lead. Kinsler has 13 stolen bases.

Moving on up: Young’s sacrifice fly in the seventh made him the Rangers’ all-time leader with 67.

The crowd: Attendance was 23,942 for the afternoon game.

Matchup: Yu Darvish vs. Anthony Bass

June, 20, 2012

SAN DIEGO -- The Texas Rangers close out their interleague series against the Padres on Wednesday afternoon at Petco Park. Yu Darvish will make his 14th start of the season for the Rangers while Anthony Bass starts for the Padres. Here’s the matchup:

Darvish (8-4, 3.57): Darvish pitched the second-longest outing of his season in his last start, tying a career high for strikeouts with 11 and allowing two runs in eight innings against the Houston Astros. …He issued two walks, which tied a career low and was his lowest total in five starts. …He is 2-4 with a 3.98 ERA on the road. …In four day games, he’s 1-2 with a 5.32 ERA. …Darvish’s eight victories are tied for most among major league rookies with the Arizona Diamondbacks’ Wade Miley.

Bass (2-7, 4.88): Bass' last win came May 15 against the Washington Nationals. He has three losses and three no-decisions since then. …He has allowed 26 earned runs in his last 26 1/3 innings after giving up 16 earned runs in his first 49 innings. …In his last start, he allowed a season-high nine runs (seven earned) in 5
1/3 innings against the Oakland A's. …He is 1-2 with a 3.62 ERA at Petco Park this season, compared to 1-5 with a 6.00 ERA on the road. …In two interleague games this season, he’s 0-1 with a 7.15 ERA.

Hitters: Darvish will be making his first appearance against the Padres' hitters. …Bass has never faced any of the Rangers.

Up next:

Thu.: Off day
Fri. at Rockies: RHP Roy Oswalt (first start) vs. LHP Christian Friedrich (4-3, 5.60 ERA), 7:05 p.m., ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM/1540 AM/TXA 21
Sat. at Rockies: RHP Colby Lewis (6-5, 3.00) vs. LHP Josh Outman (0-3, 8.41 ERA), 2:05 p.m., ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM/1270 AM/FSSW
Sun. at Rockies: LHP Matt Harrison (9-3, 3.41) vs. RHP Alex White (2-5, 6.06), 6:05 p.m., ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM/1540 AM/FSSW



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HRP. Fielder 2
RBIA. Rios 10
RE. Andrus 12
OPSS. Choo .891
WM. Perez 3
ERAY. Darvish 0.82
SOY. Darvish 23