Texas Rangers: Brandon Crawford
June, 9, 2012
By Bryan Dolgin | ESPNDallas.com
How it happened: After starting pitching headlined in Game 1 for the Texas Rangers during thos three-game series in San Francisco, fielding came into focus with three errors for the visitors Saturday.
Hard-luck starter Scott Feldman and the Rangers fell 5-2 to the Giants.
Miscues once more haunted Feldman. In his starts on May 14 and May 29, third baseman Adrian Beltre made errors that led to runs. On Saturday afternoon, Ian Kinsler committed his seventh error of the season in the third. After picking up Ryan Theriot's grounder to second, Kinsler went to tag baserunner Gregor Blanco, who was running from first base to second. But Blanco stopped in his tracks to avoid the tag, forcing Kinsler to throw wild to first base. Ryan Vogelsong scored on that play and gave the Giants a 1-0 lead.
The fifth inning began with left fielder Josh Hamilton battling the sun and not being able to catch Brandon Crawford's fly ball. That was Hamilton's third error of the season. Two outs later, Theriot singled to right field for a 2-0 Giants lead.
A failed pickoff attempt by Koji Uehara in the seventh inning moved Blanco from first to third. One out later, Pablo Sandoval drove in Blanco with a single for a 4-0 Giants lead.
A Giant step: Feldman did not make it past 1 2/3 innings in his last start, which was across the Bay in Oakland. Feldman, who grew up a Giants fan in nearby Burlingame, Calif., made it through five innings for the first time in six starts this season. He walked one, gave up four hits and struck out six in 5 1/3 innings against the Giants.
Inherited runner gets best of Ross: Rangers left-handed reliever Robbie Ross inherited a runner when he entered the game in relief of Feldman. Ross retired the first batter he faced for the second out of the inning, but then Nate Schierholtz tagged him for an RBI triple. Ross has allowed just three of 20 inherited runners to score against him this season, and he holds the lowest percentage among Rangers relievers at 15 percent.
Stranded Rangers: The Rangers left 13 on base in Friday night's win against the Giants, and they continued that trend in Saturday's loss. In each of the first two innings, the Rangers left two on base. Michael Young grounded into a fielders' choice for the final out of the first, and Ian Kinsler grounded out to third base to end the second. After getting two hits in the first inning, the Rangers did not manage another until the eighth.
Splash landing: Mitch Moreland had a pinch-hit lead-off home run in the eighth that landed in McCovey Cove. It was Moreland's ninth home run and 21st RBI. It was also the 25th splash landing for an opponent at the ballpark. The Rangers have four pinch-hit home runs this season. That was the third and final hit allowed by Ryan Vogelsong who pitched 7 2/3 innings.
Road weary: Hamilton has not had a good road trip. He was 1-for-3 with a walk and double Saturday. For the trip, he is 6-for-37 (.162).
Cruz leaves game: Right fielder Nelson Cruz left before the bottom of the eighth inning. David Murphy replaced Cruz in the field and took his spot in the lineup.
Facing a righty: When there is a right-handed opposing pitcher, left-handed hitting David Murphy starts in left field and Josh Hamilton plays center field. On Saturday, right-handed hitting Craig Gentry started against right-handed pitcher Ryan Vogelsong. Gentry entered this game with as a .289 hitter (.710 OPS) against righties. Gentry was 0-for-2 with a walk and was hit by a pitch.
Worlds apart: The first two starting pitchers of this series were not on the Rangers' World Series roster in 2010 when the Rangers faced the Giants. Matt Harrison and Feldman did pitch for the Rangers in that regular season.
June, 8, 2012
By Bryan Dolgin | ESPNDallas.com
How it happened: Texas Rangers starting pitcher Matt Harrison was outstanding Friday night. He pitched a complete game for his eighth win. Harrison only allowed five hits and all singles. He induced 18 ground outs and struck out four. It was Harrison’s first shutout since May 8, 2009, and it was the third shutout of his career.
San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Barry Zito faced the Rangers for the 32nd time in his career, and Ian Kinsler greeted him with a home run. Later, Josh Hamilton ended an eight-game home run drought with one out in the fifth inning with his major league leading 22nd home run and 59th RBI.
In addition to hitting the long ball, the Rangers manufactured two other runs. In the fourth inning, Nelson Cruz led off with a double and moved to third on a Yorvit Torrealba ground out. Cruz scored on Craig Gentry's RBI single. In the sixth, Gentry led off with a single and advanced to second on Matt Harrison’s second sacrifice bunt of the night. Gentry scored on Kinsler’s RBI single the opposite way to right field. Zito remains on hold with 18 career wins, but he now has six career losses versus Texas.
|Ron Washington on Matt Harrison's complete game and Craig Gentry's 5-for-5 night in the Rangers' 5-0 win over the Giants.
Twos are wild: Kinsler hit the second pitch of the game for his second leadoff home run of the season and 22nd career leadoff home run.
Elvis: Elvis Andrus ended an 0-for-12 stretch with an eighth inning single.
A fan of interleague play: Hamilton brought a .362 career interleague batting average into Friday’s game. That’s the second highest all-time among players with at least 200 at-bats in interleague games. Hamilton was 1-for-5 on Friday night.
Career high: Gentry was 5-for-5. That’s a new career high in hits. He doubled in his first at-bat and followed with four singles. His batting average went from .301 to .341.
Once a Giant: Catcher Yorvit Torrealba played for the Giants from 2001-2005. He was the starting catcher Friday night and was 1-for-4.
The last time: The Rangers last played in San Francisco on October 28, 2010. That was Game 2 of the World Series when they lost 9-0. That loss ran the Rangers record to 0-11 at AT&T Park. The last Rangers win in San Francisco was in 1998.
Rotation turn: The Rangers decided to push back the next start for Yu Darvish to give him extra rest. He is scheduled to start the first game against Houston next Friday at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington.
Looking ahead: Following the San Francisco series, the Rangers continue interleague play Tuesday at home versus Arizona. There are good seats remaining for each game of that series. Then, the Rangers host the Astros in a three-game series. For Friday, there are 1,500 reserved seats remaining. For Saturday, there are scattered singles and obstructed view seats. Standing room only will go on sale early next week. For Sunday, there are 4,500 reserved seats remaining.