Texas Rangers: Yorbit Torrealba

Rapid Reaction: Rangers 6, Astros 2

June, 15, 2012

ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Texas Rangers used a five-run fifth inning and a good performance by Yu Darvish to seal a win over the Houston Astros, 6-2, on Friday. Some quick thoughts:

What it means: Texas takes the first game of this three-game series against its in-state foe. The Rangershold a 3.5 game lead in the AL West as they await the outcome of the Angels' game vs. Arizona.

Rest worth while: Yu Darvish was put on hold by the Rangers to get a few extra days of rest, and it looks like that move paid off. Darvish put in a great performance on the mound, allowing just two runs on seven hits and two walks, while recording 11 strikeouts in eight innings pitched. With the win, Darvish moves into a tie for the AL lead in wins with eight with five other pitchers, including teammate Matt Harrison.

Double digit strikeouts: Darvish recorded an impressive 11 strikeouts in Friday's win. It ties a career-high for him. He recorded 11 strikeouts May 6 at Cleveland.

Lucky break: The Rangers needed a little help to get the offense going, and that is exactly what the Astros gave them. Ian Kinsler reached on an error before Houston starter Jordan Lyles hit Elvis Andrus to put two aboard with one out in the fifth. Back-to-back singles from Michael Young and Adrian Beltre gave Texas the lead.

An inning of fives: The Rangers used five straight singles and a couple of errors to put together a five-run fifth inning to chase Lyles from the game. However, they weren't hard hit balls. Nelson Cruz, swinging away on a 3-0 count, blooped one into center that no one could get. Yorvit Torrealba also blooped one just fair into right field.

Young delivers: Michael Young was 3-for-25 with runners in scoring position in the last 33 games before driving in the first Rangers run of the night that got the offense going. Young finished 1-for-5 with an RBI.

Insurance run: Mitch Moreland provided an insurance run for the Rangers in a big way in the eighth. He hit his 10th home run of the season, and it was a no doubter (estimated 412 feet) for the sixth Rangers run of the night.

Stranded runners: Although they had the big fifth inning, the Rangers left nine runners on base, including seven left in scoring position.

Killer Bees: No, the Astros don't have the likes of Jeff Bagwell and Craig Biggio, but the killer bees were still in full force Friday night in the form of walks (bases on balls). The first run Darvish allowed on the night came on a RBI single from Jed Lowrie to score Jose Altuve, who led off the inning with a walk.

Getting ahead: Darvish's success Friday was partly due to getting ahead of hitters. The 25-year-old threw 21 first pitch strikes to the 31 batters he faced.

Martin: Leonys Martin was called up from Triple-A Round Rock on Friday and immediately got a start in center field. At the plate, he was 0-for-3 with walk, but he scorched a ball in his third-at bat right at Astros first baseman Brett Wallace.

Web gym: The best defensive play of the night came in the third. With a runner on first and one out, Andrus made a sliding stop going to his right to start a smooth 6-4-3 double play to end the inning.

Another sellout: There was another sellout crowd on hand Friday night. The announced attendance was 47,430. It marks the 18th sellout of the season as the Rangers are three sellouts away from breaking the club record of 21 sellouts, which was set in 1994 when the stadium opened.

Up next: The Rangers and Astros go at it again Saturday at 6:15 p.m. on ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM/1540 AM/FOX. RHP Justin Grimm will make his Major League debut after being called up from Double-A Frisco. His competitor will be RHP Lucas Harrell (6-4, 4.83).

All-Star update: Josh Hamilton holding on

June, 28, 2011
With just a few days remaining for fans to vote online, Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton remains in position to make his fourth consecutive All-Star Game start. He is ahead of Boston’s Jacoby Ellsbury by a little more than 120,000 votes.

Hamilton, who missed six weeks with a hairline fracture in a bone in his upper arm, is batting .293 with seven homers and 35 RBIs in 41 games played.

Two Rangers remain second in the balloting at their positions. Adrian Beltre is about 800,000 votes behind Alex Rodriguez at third base and Michael Young sits 2 million votes behind runaway DH winner David Ortiz.

Other Rangers in the voting:

*Ian Kinsler is third among second baseman and Elvis Andrus is third among shortstop. Both are well behind the leaders (Robinson Cano at second and Derek Jeter at short).

*Nelson Cruz moved past Ichiro Suzuki and into sixth place among outfielders. The top-3 start the game.

*Mitch Moreland is fourth at first base and Yorvit Torrealba is fifth.

Kirkman tosses 3 impressive innings

March, 5, 2011
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- After pitching out of a two-on, two-out jam in the third inning, left-handed hopeful Michael Kirkman faced the minimum six batters over his next two innings of work.

He gave up a lead-off walk in his second inning of work, but catcher Yorvit Torrealba threw out Justin Upton attempting to steal second. In the sixth, Kirkman got three quick outs on on a fly ball, a strike out and ground out to second.

In his three innings, Kirkman allowed two hits, a walk and he struck out two.

"He did really well," said Yorbit Torrealba, who caught the first two of Kirkman's innings. "I really like what I saw from him. He pounded the strike zone and [his pitches] had some life to it."



Adrian Beltre
.324 19 77 79
HRA. Beltre 19
RBIA. Beltre 77
RA. Beltre 79
OPSA. Beltre .879
WC. Lewis 10
ERAC. Lewis 5.18
SOY. Darvish 182