Texas Rangers: Garrett Richards

One mistake enough to doom Tepesch

July, 11, 2014
Jul 11
ARLINGTON, Texas -- From the 90 pitches Nick Tepesch delivered, he classified only one as a mistake.

That miss turned into a 418-foot home run by Mike Trout in the fourth inning. And a run was all Los Angeles Angels pitcher Garrett Richards and the Angels' bullpen needed.

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Rick Yeatts/Getty ImagesNick Tepesch gave the Rangers a well-pitched game, but one mistake cost him in a loss.
Tepesch's effort went for naught in a 3-0 loss by the Texas Rangers. In six innings, he was charged with six hits and three earned runs. He didn't issue a walk.

"I felt like I did a pretty good job," the 25-year-old right-hander said. "I made that one mistake to Trout."

The Angels added insurance with two runs in the seventh. Tepesch (3-5) gave up singles to Albert Pujols, Josh Hamilton and Erick Aybar to produce the second Los Angeles run. Another run charged to Tepesch scored on a base hit off reliever Neftali Feliz.

"In that last inning, I thought they made good swings on pretty good pitches," Tepesch said.

Manager Ron Washington was pleased with Tepesch's effort.

"Tepesch pitched extremely well and did what we need him to do," Washington said. "It was a good thing to see. He threw one pitch he'd like to get back."

It was misfortune for Tepesch that he came up against Richards, who improved to 11-2.

"He had a heck of a game and is having a great year," Tepesch said.

Texas went 0-for-6 with runners in scoring position.

"Our guys are working as hard as I am," Tepesch said. "There will be days when I give up runs and they'll have to pick me up again."

Said Washington: "Richards was better than we were tonight. It's tough when you have to face a guy like him. He has tremendous stuff. We just couldn't do it tonight."

Notes: The manager said the team looked "more engaged" in the wake of Thursday's clubhouse meeting. "And we finally got a well-pitched game." ... Rangers designated hitter Shin-Soo Choo went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts. He also struck out three times Thursday. Washington said Choo probably is pressing because of his competitive nature. "But he's been around the game long enough to handle it," the manager said.

Matchup: Derek Holland vs. Garrett Richards

September, 28, 2013
ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Rangers try to keep their playoff hopes alive with left-hander Derek Holland facing Los Angeles Angels right-hander Garrett Richards at 11:05 a.m. Saturday morning on Fox Sports Southwest and ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM and Deportes 1540AM.

Holland (10-9, 3.33 ERA): Holland threw a complete-game shutout against the Houston Astros in start No. 32 of the season Monday, ending a streak of eight straight winless starts. ... Holland is 1-3 with a 5.40 ERA in five September starts. ... His 2.53 ERA in day games in sixth best in the American League. ... The Rangers have given him 4.32 runs of support per start, 14th lowest in the AL. ... Holland has faced the Angels once this season, allowing six earned runs in 5 2/3 innings on Sept. 7. ... He is 7-6 with a 5.81 ERA in 20 games (17 starts) against the Halos.

Richards (7-7, 4.09 ERA): Richards makes his 17th start and 47th appearance of the season. ... He lost his last start Monday against Oakland, allowing seven runs and eight hits in 4 2/3 innings. ... He is 5-3 with a 3.58 ERA in 12 starts since rejoining the Angels' rotation. ... Richards is 2-0 with a 4.33 ERA for nine games (five starts) against the Rangers. ... He beat Holland on Sept. 7 in Anaheim as he allowed one earned run and six hits in seven innings in an 8-3 Angels win.

Hitters: Howie Kendrick is 17-for-45 with two home runs and 12 RBIs against Holland. Leonys Martin is 3-for-5 with an RBI against Richards.
The Rangers try to even their series with the Los Angeles Angels when left-hander Derek Holland faces Halos right-hander Garrett Richards at 8:05 p.m. Saturday night on FSSW and ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM and Deportes 1540 AM.

Holland (9-7, 3.07): Holland is winless in a season-high five consecutive starts. ... He is trying to join Kenny Rogers as the only Rangers lefties with three consecutive 10-win seasons. ... Holland allowed three earned runs in 4 2/3 innings in his second-shortest start of the season Monday at Oakland and is 1-1 with a 2.63 ERA in his last six starts. ... Holland is 7-2 with a 2.99 ERA in 15 road starts. ... He has a 5.79 ERA this season against the Angels and hasn't recorded a decision in three starts.

Richards (5-6, 4.06): The 25-year-old right-hander allowed one run in five innings in an 11-2 victory over Tampa Bay on Monday. He had a career-high seven walks in the start but got out of two bases-loaded jams. ... Richards has been in and out of the rotation, making 12 starts out of his 42 appearances. ... He is 3-2 with a 3.88 ERA at home. ... Richards is 3-2 with a 3.02 ERA since the All-Star break and has a 4.70 ERA in 7 2/3 innings against the Rangers this season.

Hitters: Mike Trout is 9-for-22 with two home runs and six RBIs against Holland. Elvis Andrus is 3-for-10 with two RBIs against Richards.

Matchup: Yu Darvish vs. Garrett Richards

August, 6, 2013
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- The Texas Rangers and Los Angeles Angels continue their three-game series tonight at Angel Stadium, with the first pitch scheduled for 9:05 p.m. CT on ESPN 103.3 FM and in Spanish on 1540 AM ESPN Deportes. Here's a look at the pitching matchup, featuring Rangers RHP Yu Darvish and Angels RHP Garrett Richards.

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Darvish (10-5, 2.66 ERA): The right-hander tied his career high with 14 strikeouts in his previous outing, hurling seven shutout innings against the Arizona Diamondbacks. ... He has a 0.47 ERA in three starts since returning from the disabled list, allowing only one earned run in 19.1 innings. ... Darvish is 2-0 in two starts against the Angels this season, surrendering just three earned runs in 11 innings. ... He has allowed three or fewer runs in seven of his eight career starts against the Angels.

Richards (3-4, 4.18 ERA): The right-hander has allowed two earned runs in 12 innings since rejoining the rotation in place of Joe Blanton. ... In seven career appearances (three starts) against the Rangers, he has a 5.79 ERA. ... Richards has given up one earned run and two hits in 1.2 innings of relief against Texas this year.

Hitters: David Murphy (3-for-6), Ian Kinsler (2-for-5) and Elvis Andrus (2-for-7) have had success against Richards. ... Adrian Beltre is 1-for-6 against him, with the only hit being a home run. ... Josh Hamilton is 3-for-6 against Darvish, but others have struggled, including Howie Kendrick (0-for-14, 7 strikeouts), Mark Trumbo (4-for-20) and Chris Iannetta (2-for-11). ... Mike Trout has two home runs against him, but is only 6-for-22.

Up next:

--Wednesday at Los Angeles: RHP Alexi Ogando (4-3, 2.66) vs. RHP Tommy Hanson (4-2, 5.29), 9:05 p.m. CT, ESPN-FM 103.3/1540 AM/Fox Sports Southwest

--Thursday: Off

--Friday at Houston: RHP Matt Garza (7-2, 3.09) vs. LHP Erik Bedard (3-8, 4.29), 7:10 p.m. CT, ESPN-FM 103.3/1540 AM/TXA-21

W2W4: Rangers-Angels

August, 5, 2013
The Rangers are very much in the playoff race, even if it's without outfielder Nelson Cruz.

They'll begin the final 50 games without their leading home run hitter and RBI man with a three-game series at the Los Angeles Angels starting Monday night.

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The Rangers swept three games from the Angels last week in Arlington, winning all three games on walk-off home runs -- and none of them by Cruz.

What kind of drama is on tap for the three games at the Big A in Anaheim? Here's what to watch for:

Rangers dominating so far: The Rangers are 7-2 against the Angels this season, including last week's three-game sweep in Arlington. All three wins came via walk-off home runs -- Geovany Soto, Leonys Martin and Adrian Beltre did the honors -- the first time that has happened in Rangers team history and only the second time in major league history. The Rangers are 48-35 against the Angels since the start of the 2009 season.

Angels bullpen still slumping: The Rangers took advantage of a struggling Angels bullpen to sweep the series in Arlington last week, trailing entering the ninth inning in two games and tied in the other and winning them all. The Halos' bullpen blew a 5-2 lead entering the eighth inning Sunday against Toronto. It was the Angels' fifth blown save in the past nine games. Manager Mike Scioscia pulled closer Ernesto Frieri in a 5-4 game in the top of the ninth after he put two runners on base, and Dane De La Rosa allowed consecutive hits to give up the lead.

Rangers miss Weaver, Wilson: The Rangers will miss the Angels' two best pitchers, Jered Weaver and C.J. Wilson. That comes at a good time with Cruz out of the lineup starting Monday night due to his suspension. The Angels will start right-handers Jerome Williams (5-7, 4.60 ERA), Garrett Richards (3-4, 4.18) and Tommy Hanson (4-2, 5.29) against Texas. The Rangers are 41-37 against right-handers. Williams pitched very well against the Rangers on Wednesday, allowing a run in 7 1/3 innings.

Trout remains hot: The Rangers finally slowed down Angels center fielder Mike Trout in Wednesday's 2-1 victory as Martin Perez got him out all three times he faced him. He did draw a walk against reliever Tanner Scheppers. Trout was 6-for-6 with four walks in his 10 plate appearances in the first two games of last week's series. Trout led all of the major leagues during July with a .476 on-base percentage and a 1.108 OPS. He was the only player to reach base in every game during the month. Trout has reached base in 34 consecutive games.

Hamilton driving in runs: Former Ranger Josh Hamilton has picked things up from the standpoint of driving in runs. Hamilton, who appeared in Sunday's 6-5 loss as a pinch hitter, has 22 RBIs in his past 23 games. He is batting .280 with a home run and eight RBIs in his past seven games. Hamilton has been at his best this season against his old team, batting .389 with a home run and seven RBIs.

W2W4: Rangers vs. Angels

April, 22, 2013
The focus is off of Josh Hamilton's return to Texas and back on baseball as the Rangers swoop into Anaheim to begin a three-game series against the Angels on Monday night at Angels Stadium.

There will still be interest in Hamilton because of his brutal beginning with the Angels -- a .176 batting average with two home runs. But the focus is and should be on the teams who both come into Monday's opener off of home sweeps against the Seattle Mariners and Detroit Tigers, respectively.

Here's what's to watch for the next three nights:

Pujols hobbling: Albert Pujols will be in the Angels' lineup as the designated hitter for the fifth straight game Monday night; at least that appears to be the plan. You may have noticed that Pujols wasn't running well at all when the Angels were in Texas for the Rangers' home-opening series April 5-7. You can read more about Pujols' pain here. Pujols is still swinging that bat well with a .317 batting average, two home runs and 13 RBIs.

Angels' starting rotation: The Angels took a big hit when they lost Jered Weaver to a fractured right arm on April 9 after a start against the Rangers in Arlington. Weaver is expected to be out at least another month. The Angels starters have not been very good in his absence. Joe Blanton and Jason Vargas, who will pitch the first two games of this series, are a combined 0-5 with a 7.67 ERA. Wednesday's starter, right-hander Tommy Hanson, has been OK with a 2-1 record and a 4.24 ERA. Former Ranger C.J. Wilson (1-0, 4.13) was able to go six innings against Detroit on Sunday despite throwing 52 pitches in the first two innings. Garrett Richards (1-0, 2.55) has been the Angels' best starter filling in for Weaver after opening the season in the bullpen.

Infield injuries: The Angels have two starting infielders on the disabled list -- shortstop Erick Aybar and third baseman Alberto Callaspo. Third baseman Luis Jimenez, called up from Triple-A Salt Lake City on April 12, had a six-game hitting streak snapped Sunday. He is batting .370. Brendan Harris (.308 BA) and Andrew Romine (.077 BA) have been splitting time at shortstop.

Frieri the great: The Angels haven't been able to get to closer Ernesto Frieri much in save opportunities. He had his last save on April 14. He has two on the season. Frieri has pitched well at home, not allowing a run in four appearances. The Angels acquired him in one of the best trades of 2012 from the San Diego Padres.

Matchup: Yu Darvish vs. Garrett Richards

August, 1, 2012

ARLINGTON, Texas -- After struggling in the first two games of this series, the Texas Rangers will be eager to make some headway against the Los Angeles Angels on Wednesday night. The third game of this four-game series between AL West rivals features RHP Yu Darvish vs. RHP Garrett Richards. First pitch is at 7:05 p.m. on ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM/1540 AM/FSSW. A quick look at the matchup:

Darvish (11-7, 4.05): The 25-year-old and 2012 All-Star is fresh off his first professional loss when receiving four or more runs of support, a 9-5 loss to the Chicago White Sox on Friday. ... He has 138 strikeouts on the season, the fifth-most in the AL and the most in Rangers history through 19 games. ... He also ranks among AL leaders in strikeouts per-9 (second, 10.15), wins (tied-fifth, 11) and opponent's average (seventh, .230) and leads all AL rookies in wins and strikeouts. ... He is third in the AL with 64 walks and tied for fourth in hit batters with nine. ... He leads the majors with six double-digit strikeout games, including four out of his last seven starts. ... He is 2-1 with a 3.38 ERA in 18 2/3 innings pitched against the Angels, striking out 25 and issuing 10 walks. ... He is 7-2 at Rangers Ballpark, having lost his last two home starts.

Richards (3-2, 3.91): The 24-year-old will make his ninth start this season pitching in place of Dan Haren, who is battling another bout of back stiffness. ... He has 3.31 ERA and a 1-1 record in three road starts (16 1/3 innings). ... He was 1-1 in three starts in the July with a 6.06 ERA through 16 1/3 innings. ... He is 0-0 with a 1.59 ERA in 5 2/3 innings against the Rangers. ... He took a no-decision in his last start against the Rangers, a 3-1 loss on Sept. 28, 2011, going five innings and allowing two hits (one home run), one run and three walks while striking out one.

Hitters: Darvish has held the Angels to a .174 batting average. ... Mike Trout is 4-for-9 with a double, a home run, three RBIs, two walks and two strikeouts. ... Albert Pujols is 1-for-8 with two walks and two strikeouts. ... Alberto Callaspo is 3-for-6 with an RBI and a walk. ... Kendrys Morales is 0-for-6 with four strikeouts. ... Rangers hitters are 4-for-18 against Richards. ... Michael Young is 1-for-3. ... Ian Kinsler is 1-for-2 with a double and a walk. ... Mike Napoli is 1-for-1 with a home run with a walk. ... Josh Hamilton is 0-for-3.

Up next: Thur. vs. LAA: RHP Ryan Dempster (5-5, 2.25) vs. LHP C.J. Wilson (9-7, 2.88), 7:05 p.m., ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM/1540 AM/FSSW.

W2W4: Rangers at Angels

June, 1, 2012

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- It's time yet again for the Rangers and Angels to square off, this time in Anaheim. Here are some things to watch this series:

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* Albert Pujols. He had just one homer and 12 RBIs after the series with Texas, but has seven homers and 16 RBIs since then. In other words: Pujols looks like Pujols. Can the Rangers carefully work around him in this series or will he find a way to make an impact? But how Kendrys Morales, Mike Trout and Mark Trumbo do is critical for the Angels, too.

* Josh Hamilton. He's battled an upper respiratory infection the last few weeks and hasn't been at 100 percent. Yet he's still batting .300 in that span and delivering key hits. Hamilton said he felt better Wednesday and after an off day, should be ready to go this weekend.

* Yu Darvish. The 25-year-old has had command issues his past two outings, keeping him from going deeper in games. He made a statement against the Angels last time, staying loose and pitching after the rain delay, getting his team valuable innings and a victory. If he's got his fastball command, he's very difficult to score on. But if it's not there, hitters can wait him out and do some damage. We'll see if he's made some adjustments after working with pitching coach Mike Maddux during his last bullpen session.


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* Michael Young. He went a stretch of 10 games or so without an RBI until getting one Wednesday, but he's been hitting the ball better after going through a .169 stretch (11-for-65) as the homestand started. He finds a way to get the clutch hits in big series. Watch him this weekend.

* Angels bullpen. It was a work in progress three weeks ago when these two teams last met, but has settled in and become more consistent. The Rangers are likely to get into that pen a few times in the next three games and how they do against them may determine the series.

* Matt Harrison. He's been up and down at times recently, but has done a nice job of bouncing back from long first innings or rough patches. He'll face Garrett Richards on Sunday, who will be making his first start in 2012.

* Game presentation. Few teams in the league do a better job of game presentation than the Angels. Mother Nature certainly helps with that, but from video to on-field stuff, it's impressive, much like the job Chuck Morgan and the crew do at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. So if you're here, take note and enjoy (though I'll admit I'm tired of the Rally Monkey).

Rapid Reaction: Rangers 8, Angels 4

August, 16, 2011
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- The Rangers scored six runs in the fifth to get a big lead and held on, beating the Angels 8-4. The win puts the Rangers five games up on the Angels, their largest lead since July 19 (also five games). It also guarantees that they will be in first place in the AL West when the series ends. Even if Texas loses the next three games, they'll be two games up. Some quick thoughts on tonight's game:

* Alexi Ogando wasn't dominant, but he got the job done on Monday. He had allowed just two runs before the sixth, when he gave up a two-run homer to Russell Branyan. He ended up going 6 1/3 innings and gave up four runs on eight hits with two walks and two strikeouts.

* Ian Kinsler, with a rare defensive mistake by the Angels, scored the first run of the game in the first. Kinsler had a nice seven-pitch at-bat and hit a 3-2 pitch for a double to the center-field wall. He went to third when catcher Bobby Wilson tried to throw the ball behind Kinsler at second and catch him napping. Instead, the throw was wide and Kinsler went to third. He scored on Elvis Andrus' ground ball.

* Kinsler had doubles in his first two at-bats and scored after both of them. Kinsler came into the game batting .353 with five homers and 21 RBIs in 33 games at Angel Stadium in his career. In other words: He loves hitting in Anaheim. He also made a nice defensive play in the fourth, ranging to his left and spinning around to throw and get the out, but he also missed a ball he normally gets on a two-out hit by Mark Trumbo in that fourth inning. Kinsler ended up 4-for-5.

* With Nelson Cruz batting and the count 1-2 in the first, Angels starter Garrett Richards was taken out because of a right abductor strain (groin). He had an awkward delivery and after 19 pitches was done. Reliever Bobby Cassevah came in much earlier than expected, putting early pressure on the Angels bullpen.

* Third baseman Michael Young couldn't get to a ball to his left hit by Torii Hunter in the second. Hunter later came around to score on Vernon Wells' double the other way. The hit had many of you asking on Twitter and on the chat: Does Adrian Beltre get to that ball?

* Young was tremendous at the plate once again. He had a great at-bat against Hisanori Takahashi in the fifth. With runners at second and third and one out, he hit a 2-2 fastball to center to score Kinsler and Andrus. Young has been critical for this team all season, especially with Josh Hamilton, Cruz and now Beltre out for extended periods. He's steady and consistent. And that hit turned a 3-1 game into a 5-1 game.

* It was strange to see the Angels make some miscues. With runners at first and second in the fifth, Takahashi fielded Andrus' bunt and threw toward third base. The ball went down the left field-line in foul territory, allowing a run to score. Young then drove in the other two runs. The Angels ended up with three errors. The last time they had three errors was April 9 against Toronto.

* Cruz, who just got some new bats shipped to him today (one of them had BOOM STICK etched on it), blasted a two-run homer off Rich Thompson. Mike Napoli followed with a solo shot to center field.

* Cruz came out of the game in the seventh with tightness in his left quad. That was the same injury he had during the last road trip in Toronto at the end of July. He missed a few games because of it.

* Apparently, there was some entertaining and colorful language coming from the Rangers dugout on the broadcast. We couldn't hear that live here in Anaheim, but many of you in the chat room said you could hear it and that Beltre was doing his fair share of yelling. The mic was placed there by the Angels TV crew. It was turned down or taken away midway through the game. Did you enjoy Beltre's commentary?

* Yorvit Torrealba drew a rare walk in the second inning. It was just his 15th walk of the season in his 89th game. But he showed a good eye and made Cassevah work.

* Angels had to use four relievers, which will make things a little tougher on them for the rest of the series.

* Koji Uehara came in to relieve Ogando in the sixth and was impressive. He needed just 17 pitches to get five outs. He had two strikeouts and the only baserunner he allowed was on a Young error. He's aggressive and doesn't allow hitters to barrel balls very often.

* Mark Lowe made the ninth interesting after Erick Aybar had a bunt single and Peter Bourjos walked. But Lowe struck out Branyan and Maicer Izturis and got Jeff Mathis out on a soft liner to short.

* Rangers first-base and outfield coach Gary Pettis, a former Angel, threw out the ceremonial first pitch as part of the club's 50th anniversary celebration. He got a big hand. Pettis is also in the excellent pregame video that plays on the big screens before the games.



Colby Lewis
10 5.18 133 170
BAA. Beltre .324
HRA. Beltre 19
RBIA. Beltre 77
RA. Beltre 79
OPSA. Beltre .879
ERAC. Lewis 5.18
SOY. Darvish 182