Texas Rangers: Ryan Vogelsong

Rapid Reaction: Giants 5, Rangers 2

June, 9, 2012
6/09/12
6:31
PM CT

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.

Matchup: Scott Feldman vs. Ryan Vogelsong

June, 9, 2012
6/09/12
9:00
AM CT
SAN FRANCISCO, Calif.-- The second game of this three-game series between the Texas Rangers and the San Francisco Giants features RHP Scott Feldman vs. RHP Ryan Vogelsong at 3:05 p.m. on ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM and FSSW. A quick look at the matchup:

Feldman (0-4, 7.01): The 29-year-old is the first Texas pitcher to lose four consecutive starts since Matt Harrison on April 20-May 6, 2011. ... Feldman became the first Rangers pitcher to allow multiple eight-run innings in a career (including a club-record 10-run first inning on Aug. 12, 2008 at Boston). ... Has yet to complete five innings this season, exiting one out shy of five twice (both after E5's on Adrian Beltre that could have ended the inning). ... Lost his only career start vs. Giants in a June 19, 2009 (6 IP, 5 ER) matchup with Randy Johnson. ... Made two relief appearances against Giants in 2006, getting credit for the loss in one (first of two straight losses to S.F.). ... Has one run, two hits, and no walks in 14 career at-bats. ... Is a San Francisco 49ers and Golden State Warriors fan.

Vogelsong (4-2, 2.38): The 34-year-old leads the Giants and is fifth in the NL in ERA. ... The 2011 MLB All-Star plays his best ball at home, posting a 1.52 ERA and holding hitters to .199 at AT&T Park compared to his 3.71 ERA on the road this year. ... Has pitched seven shutout innings against the AL this year. ... Has faced only three current Rangers hitters, allowing three hits, one walk and a .273 batting average. ... Has never faced the Rangers.

Hitters: Current Giants are 4-for-18 against Feldman. ... Melky Cabrera is 2-for-6. ... Aubrey Huff is 1-for-6 with one RBI. ... Rangers hitters are 3-for-11 against Vogelsong. ... Yorvit Torrealba is 2-for-3 with one RBI and one walk.

Up Next: RHP Alexi Ogando (1-0, 2.27) vs. RHP Tim Lincecum (2-6, 5.83), Sunday at 3:05 p.m. on ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM and FSSW.

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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