Texas Rangers: Jose Reyes
May, 17, 2014
By Richard Durrett | ESPNDallas.com
ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Toronto Blue Jays got the lead three separate times Saturday night and finally kept it for good after scoring in the eighth inning to beat the Texas Rangers 4-2. Some quick thoughts:
How it happened: Toronto got typically solid starting pitching from Mark Buehrle, who got a no-decision after going 6⅔ innings and allowing two runs on seven hits with one walk and four strikeouts. The Rangers tied the game twice but couldn't ever get the lead. A two-out double by Jose Reyes off Rangers reliever Neal Cotts in the eighth drove in the eventual winning run.
What it means: The Rangers have lost six of their past seven and are 5-10 in May. The Oakland A's beat Cleveland on Saturday, so Texas is seven games back of Oakland in the American League West at 20-23 overall. The Rangers are now 0-3-1 in their past four home series and have lost six consecutive home games to the Blue Jays, which includes a four-game sweep last season.
Big arm: Leonys Martin showed off his impressive arm in center field again Saturday, firing a strike to catcher Robinson Chirinos to end the fifth inning and keep the score tied. Edwin Encarnacion hit what he hoped would be a sacrifice fly to center, but Reyes was thrown out at home thanks to Martin's throw and a nice play by Chirinos. The catcher waited to block the plate as he was catching it, tagging Reyes before he could get there.
High pitch count: Robbie Ross allowed only one run in his start Saturday -- but the lefty was working out of jams most of the night, needing 91 pitches to get through 4⅓ innings. He also got a rare early-game visit from manager Ron Washington himself, probably to get him refocused. Ross walked four batters and gave up a home run -- a solo shot off the bat of Jose Bautista with two out in the first.
Missed challenge: The Rangers are 4-for-9 on replay challenges this season. In the seventh, Anthony Gose stole third base with one out. The throw by Chirinos was on time and on the bag, but Adrian Beltre's tag was late. Third-base umpire Hal Gibson called him safe, and the replay confirmed that call, meaning the Rangers lost the challenge.
Speed helps Jays: Gose's speed was crucial to giving Toronto the lead in the seventh. Gose hit a double to lead things off, then stole third base. On a dribbler down the third-base line by Melky Cabrera, Gose didn't hesitate and Beltre was forced to throw to first instead of home. The run likely wouldn't have happened without Gose's speed.
RISP lead: Michael Choice drove in the Rangers' first run with a third-inning single. He is hitting .416 with runners in scoring this season, tops on the team among those with at least four at-bats. Luis Sardinas plated the second Texas run, in the seventh, with a two-out RBI single. He's now 2-for-3 with runners in scoring position.
Finger issue: Alexi Ogando's fingers saved a run in the seventh inning, but he was forced to leave after Brett Lawrie's ball nicked off those fingers, on his pitching hand, and landed in front Elvis Andrus. Ogando ended up pitching to three batters, allowing a hit and two walks (with a wild pitch). Ogando was diagnosed with a bruised hand, and X-rays were negative. The ball hit him above the palm.
Insurance run: The Blue Jays increased their lead to two runs thanks to an error by Mitch Moreland in the ninth. Moreland dropped the relay throw on what looked like a routine double play. A double and a sac fly later, Toronto had a 4-2 lead.
Up next: Nick Martinez (0-1, 2.38 ERA) goes up against fellow right-hander R.A. Dickey (4-3, 4.53 ERA) at 2:05 p.m. CT in the finale of this three-game series.
June, 3, 2013
By Todd Wills | ESPNDallas.com
ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Rangers begin a difficult stretch of 20 straight days of games starting with a six-game road trip to Boston and Toronto after Monday's off day.
|Ron Washington joins Fitzsimmons & Durrett for his weekly visit to discuss how the Rangers could handle Jurickson Profar when Ian Kinsler returns from the DL, how Elvis Andrus talked his way into the lineup and what asset he would add to the roster.
Clash of the Titans: The Rangers and Red Sox each have 35 wins, tied for the most in the American League. The Rangers are percentage points ahead of Boston for the AL's best record at 35-21 (.625) while the Red Sox are 35-23 (.603). The St. Louis Cardinals have baseball's best record and winning percentage at 37-19 (.661).
Red Sox hot again: Boston has won seven of 10 games and just won a series at Yankee Stadium. The Red Sox lead the AL East by 2 1/2 games over Baltimore and three games over the Yankees and Tampa Bay. Boston is a season-high 12 games over .500 for the third time this season. The Red Sox are 13-6 since May 15 after losing nine of 11 games before that. The Rangers started that slide with a three-game sweep of the Red Sox in Arlington, outscoring Boston 16-4.
|Steve Busby joins Fitzsimmons & Durrett to discuss Yu Darvish's ability to pitch well even when he doesn't have his best stuff, why he thinks the pitch count talk is overblown and how he would handle Jurickson Profar once Ian Kinsler returns from the DL.
Jays bring up rear: The AL East is a tightly-bunched four-team race with the Blue Jays the one team on the outside looking in. Toronto did salvage a game in San Diego over the weekend as former Ranger Mark DeRosa hit a home run in the 11th inning to spark a 7-4 victory over the Padres in 11 innings Sunday night. Toronto opens the week with a 24-33 record, eight games behind the Red Sox. The Blue Jays are 14-16 at home.
Big offseason backfires: The Blue Jays acquired shortstop Jose Reyes, pitchers Mark Buehrle and Josh Johnson and catcher John Buck in a blockbuster trad with Miami, and also signed Cy Young winner R.A. Dickey and outfielder Melky Cabrera as they made the biggest offseason splash in baseball. So far it hasn't worked. Dickey is 4-7 with a 5.18 ERA. Johnson is just back from the disabled list and is 0-1 with a 6.86 ERA for four starts. Buerhle is 2-4 with a 5.42 ERA. Reyes has played in 10 games and has been out with a high ankle sprain and is just now getting close to a rehab assignment.