Texas Rangers: Brennan Boesch

Rapid Reaction: Angels 9, Rangers 3

September, 9, 2014
9/09/14
10:23
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ARLINGTON, Texas -– Colby Lewis is becoming the pitching leader for the Texas Rangers in a season in which the expectations were small given what he was returning from.

Lewis, the veteran right-hander, has emerged as the rock for the Rangers' rotation. Tuesday night, against the team with the best record in baseball, Lewis held the Los Angeles Angels to three runs on five hits in seven-plus innings of work in a 9-3 loss.

With Yu Darvish out for the season with elbow inflammation and Derek Holland just getting back from left knee surgery, Lewis is the stabilizing force for the rotation, at least in the second half of the season.

Lewis (9-13) morphed into the team leader in innings pitched (151.1) and at some point should take over the win total from Darvish (10).

While the Rangers average 5.8 runs per game for Lewis, the hitters have failed to produce enough for him in recent starts.

In five of his past six starts, the Rangers have scored more than three runs twice. They scored 12 runs in a victory at Seattle on Aug. 27 and three in a loss at Kansas City on Sept. 1.

Adrian Beltre’s solo shot in the fourth reduced a two-run deficit to one, but it was all the Rangers could give Lewis, when he deserved so much more.

How it happened: Lewis made one mistake on the evening: a high fastball belted for a home run to right by Kole Calhoun for a 1-0 lead. The Angels picked up the second run when right fielder Michael Choice couldn’t hold on to a deep fly ball by David Freese to start the fourth. The two-base error was costly because Erick Aybar moved the runner over on a ground out and Brennan Boesch’s sacrifice fly scored Freese for a 2-0 lead. Beltre’s homer in the fourth cut the lead to 2-1. The Angels added another run when Mike Trout’s triple drove in Collin Cowgill in the eighth for a 3-1 edge.

The game got out of hand when the Angels sent 11 batters to the plate and scored seven runs in the eighth inning against two relief pitchers.

What this win means for the Angels: The Angels tied a season high with their sixth consecutive victory and are now just a victory away from reaching 90. The Angels haven’t won 90 games since 2009 (97-65). Against the Rangers, the Angels have won 10 of the past 11 meetings and seven of eight on the road.

Debut for Rodriguez: Guilder Rodriguez, 31, made his big league debut after 14 years (1,095 games) in the minor leagues. Rodriguez made a diving stop off a Calhoun liner in the third and struck out three times at the plate. With Rodriguez starting, it extends the Rangers' major league record for players used to 64. Rodriguez also became the 23rd rookie used, which leads the league in players who made their big league debuts (16).

What’s next? Wednesday night is RHP Nick Tepesch (4-9, 4.41) versus RHP Matt Shoemaker (14-4, 3.25).

Lineup: Yorvit Torrealba in at catcher

June, 26, 2012
6/26/12
4:13
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ARLINGTON, Texas -- After dropping Game 1 of this three-game series against the Detroit Tigers, the Texas Rangers make a couple of changes in the lineup. The top of the lineup is the same, but Mike Napoli will handle first base with Yorvit Torrealba in at catcher. Brandon Snyder also draws a start.

Here are the lineups:

RANGERS
2B Ian Kinsler
SS Elvis Andrus
CF Josh Hamilton (L)
3B Adrian Beltre
DH Michael Young
LF Nelson Cruz
1B Mike Napoli
C Yorvit Torrealba
RF Brandon Snyder

TIGERS
CF Austin Jackson
LF Quintin Berry (L)
3B Miguel Cabrera
1B Prince Fielder (L)
DH Delmon Young
RF Brennan Boesch (L)
SS Jhonny Peralta
C Alex Avila (L)
2B Ramon Santiago (S)

Lineup: Leonys Martin draws another start

June, 25, 2012
6/25/12
5:03
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ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Texas Rangers open up a three-game series against the Detroit Tigers on Monday. For the second straight game, Leonys Martin draws a start in center field, while Michael Young gets the start at first base. The lineups:

RANGERS
2B Ian Kinsler
SS Elvis Andrus
LF Josh Hamilton (L)
3B Adrian Beltre
1B Michael Young
RF Nelson Cruz
DH David Murphy (L)
C Mike Napoli
CF Leonys Martin (L)

TIGERS
CF Austin Jackson
LF Quintin Berry (L)
3B Miguel Cabrera
1B Prince Fielder (L)
DH Delmon Young
RF Brennan Boesch (L)
SS Jhonny Peralta
2B Ramon Santiago (S)
C Gerald Laird

Gonzalez vs. lefties for NYY, Boston, Detroit

August, 31, 2011
8/31/11
3:24
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Let's look ahead to possible October matchups for the Rangers. LHP Mike Gonzalez gives them a situational lefty that can come in and face the top left-handed hitters for the Yankees, Red Sox and Tigers. And all three teams have some good hitters that manager Ron Washington might want to utilize Gonzalez against.

Here are Gonzalez's numbers against some of those lefties in his career:

Curtis Granderson, NYY: 0-for-1
Robinson Cano, NYY: 3-for-6, 2 RBIs
Jacoby Ellsbury, Bos: 0-for-4, 1 BB, 2 Ks
David Ortiz, Bos: 1-for-6, 1 BB, 3 Ks
Adrian Gonzalez, Bos: 1-for-5, 2 Ks
Alex Avila, Det: 1-for-3, 1 RBI

He's never faced Brennan Boesch of Detroit.

One more scouting report on him:

He's got a sharp slider that is tough on lefties and his delivery is deceptive. It doesn't hurt that he's got some power.

Rapid Reaction: Tigers 13, Rangers 7

June, 6, 2011
6/06/11
10:43
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ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Rangers couldn't stop the bleeding after Colby Lewis gave up nine runs in 3 1/3 innings, including four home runs, and they lost to the Tigers on Monday, 13-7.

Detroit right fielder Brennan Boesch had a career-best five-hit, five-RBI night, including two home runs off of Lewis.

Rangers put up seven runs on ten hits, including two Nelson Cruz long balls, but couldn't match the Tigers' 13-run, 18-hit attack.

The loss snapped the Rangers' five-game win streak.

* Lewis' issue of allowing home runs was on display Monday. He allowed four long balls in the first three innings, pushing his AL-leading total to 17. Lewis lasted just 3 1/3 innings and gave up nine runs on 10 hits (40 percent of those hits were homers). Lewis' previous season-high in runs allowed was six. He just didn't have much movement and wasn't able to keep the Tigers off-balance.

* Things did not start off well for Lewis. He gave up a single to left to leadoff hitter Austin Jackson and then walked Don Kelly on a 3-2 pitch. Boesch belted a three-run homer to right giving the Tigers an early lead and end the Rangers' team shutout streak at 18 innings.

* Boesch was 0-for-10 with four strikeouts against Lewis before the homer.

* Boesch wasn't finished, either. He tagged a pitch down the right-field line in the third for his first multi-homer game of his career. His two homers combined to go 787 feet. He also had a single in the fourth off Lewis to go 3-for-3 against him.

* Lewis gave up three homers in third, including the leadoff shot from Boesch. Andy Dirks hit his third of the season to right and Alex Avila hit one to straightaway center. The Dirks and Avila homers were wind-aided. The club record for homers allowed in an inning is four by Pat Mahomes on Aug. 17, 2001, vs. Toronto, BTW.

* Lewis nearly joined an exclusive company with four strikeouts in an inning. After throwing a wild pitch on the third strike to Avila, Lewis got Ryan Raburn and Jackson on swinging strikeouts. But Kelly hit a fly out to right to end the inning. Had Lewis struck him out, he would have been the third Ranger with four strikeouts in one inning, joining Bobby Witt (1987) and Charlie Hough (1988).

* Possibly an important night for Ian Kinsler, who went 3-for-4 with a triple and two singles. His 0-for-20 streak ended with a triple in the third as Dirks tried to make a diving catch and it got past him, rolling all the way to the wall. Endy Chavez, who walked, scored on the play. Kinsler scored on Elvis Andrus' tapper as starter Max Scherzer threw to first. Kinsler was caught off third, but as soon as Scherzer threw to get Andrus, he scampered home. Kinsler also had an RBI single in the fourth and another one-bagger in the seventh.

* Cruz has hit safely in 10 games thanks to a two-home run night. His fourth- and eighth-inning two-run shots were his sixth and seventh since returning from the DL on May 23 (14 games). His 459-foot blast in the eighth ranks as the fourth longest hit at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington.

* Adrian Beltre, who was just 7-for-32 (.219) on the road trip that ended Sunday, had two hits. He was hitting just .204 in his last 13 games before Monday, dropping his average to .247.

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TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
Colby Lewis
WINS ERA SO IP
10 5.18 133 170
OTHER LEADERS
BAA. Beltre .324
HRA. Beltre 19
RBIA. Beltre 77
RA. Beltre 79
OPSA. Beltre .879
ERAC. Lewis 5.18
SOY. Darvish 182