Texas Rangers: Yunel Escobar

Rapid Reaction: Rays 7, Rangers 0

August, 11, 2014
Aug 11

ARLINGTON, Texas – Temperatures at Globe Life Park didn’t appear unreasonably high Monday night. It was 92 degrees at game time, and Texas Rangers starter Colby Lewis wore the look of a man pitching in a desert.

Lewis didn’t have much to offer against the Tampa Bay Rays and was lifted after just five innings -- on the heels of his first complete game of the season.

While Lewis struggled with his control and velocity, his teammates were a lifeless bunch in the 7-0 loss to the Rays. It was the seventh time this season and second time this month the Rangers have been shut out.

Rays starter Drew Smyly, in his second start since arriving in the David Price trade, gave up just three hits over a career-high 7⅔ innings.

Lewis gave up five runs, two earned, on four walks, five hits and his own throwing error. He threw 101 pitches, which is nine fewer than he threw in his complete-game shutout of the Chicago White Sox last week.

How it happened: Lewis escaped trouble in the opening inning by getting James Loney to bounce out to second with two on. The second inning is when Lewis just lost everything. It started with a leadoff walk, a no-no, and, following a Yunel Escobar single, that’s where the fun started ... depending on your point of view. Curt Casali laid a bunt toward the mound, and Lewis’ throw to third skipped past Adrian Beltre, which allowed Cole Figueroa to score. Lewis struck out the next batter, and Desmond Jennings reached on a fielder's choice, with Adam Rosales fielding the ball and throwing Escobar out at home. (A review upheld the play.) Ben Zobrist walked, and Matt Joyce singled in two runs for a 3-0 lead.

Zobrist added an RBI double, and Evan Longoria an RBI single in the fourth to push the lead to 4-0. The Rangers and Lewis were done after that.

Choo’s strikeouts: Leadoff hitter Shin-Soo Choo has struck out in nine consecutive games. On Monday, he struck out looking in the first and swinging in the eighth. On the season, Choo has struck out swinging 72 times. He had hit safely in the previous six games, which raised his batting average from .234 to .247. The hit streak ended Monday as he went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts.

At least Beltre did something: Cleanup hitter Beltre reached base three times in four trips, which included two walks and a seventh-inning single. Beltre was hitting just .233 in the previous eight games. He was left stranded three times. He drew a leadoff walk in the second and a two-out free pass in the fourth. His single came with one out, but Smyly struck out the next two hitters.

Medical news: Right fielder Alex Rios' MRI revealed no structural damage on his right ankle. Rios, who didn’t play Monday due to a sprained ankle, is expected to play at some point during this four-game series. Second baseman Jurickson Profar, out for the season recovering from right-shoulder surgery, had an MRI show he’s now cleared to start a throwing program in a couple of weeks.

Who’s next? Nick Tepesch (4-7, 4.46 ERA) takes on fellow right-hander Jeremy Hellickson (1-1, 2.61) on Tuesday night.

Matchup: Alexi Ogando vs. Jeremy Hellickson

April, 8, 2013
ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Rangers and Rays renew their rivalry Monday night when Texas right-hander Alexi Ogando faces Tampa Bay right-hander Jeremy Hellickson. The game starts at 7:05 p.m. on FSSW and ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM/1540 AM.

Ogando (1-0, 0.00): Ogando made a big impression in his first start, pitching 6 1/3 shutout innings at Houston on Wednesday and setting a career high with 10 strikeouts. ... This is his third start since 2011 after working out of the bullpen last season. ... He pitched in four games against the Rays in 2012, allowing a run in 3 2/3 innings. ... Ogando is 0-1 with a 4.82 ERA in eight appearances, including one start, lifetime against Tampa Bay. ... He pitched three scoreless innings in four relief appearances against the Rays in the playoffs.

Hellickson (0-0, 7.11 ERA): Hellickson, in his third full year in the big leagues, picked up a no-decision in his first start against Baltimore on Wednesday. The Rays won 8-7 on a home run by Matt Joyce. Hellickson allowed five runs in 6 1/3 innings, allowing eight hits -- including a home run to former Ranger Chris Davis -- and a walk. ... It was the fifth time in 65 career starts that Hellickson has allowed five runs or more in a start. ... Hellickson will be pitching on his 26th birthday, a year after beating the Yankees 3-0 on the day he turned 25. ... Hellickson was a co-winner of the Gold Glove last season along with White Sox pitcher Jake Peavy. ... Hellickson is 0-1 with a 2.25 ERA in two career starts against the Rangers and 0-1 with a 3.00 ERA at Rangers Ballpark.

Hitters: Lance Berkman (2-for-4, 2 HR, 3 RBIs) has had some power success against Hellickson. ... Adrian Beltre hit two home runs off of Hellickson in Game 4 of the 2011 World Series. ... Evan Longoria (2-for-4, HR, 1 RBI) and Yunel Escobar (3-for-8, 1 RBI) have had some success against Ogando.

Matchup: Yu Darvish vs. Kyle Drabek

May, 27, 2012
ARLINGTON, Texas – Yu Darvish faces Kyle Drabek in a matchup of a couple of talented young righties.

Darvish (6-2, 3.05): The rookie is coming off his worst start for the Rangers, having allowed five runs on four hits and six walks in four innings to take the loss against the Mariners. He still ranks among American League winners in wins (6, tied first) and strikeouts (63, tied fifth). He also ranks fifth in walks with 32. … The 25-year-old Japanese phenom is 4-0 with a 3.00 ERA in four starts at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, but this will be his first day start in the Texas heat. … Darvish beat the Blue Jays on April 30 in Toronto with a dominant performance. He struck out nine in seven innings, allowing one run on four hits and two walks. He threw first-pitch strikes to 20 of 27 batters that he faced.

Drabek (4-4, 3.27): The 24-year-old Drabek, the son of former major league pitcher Doug Drabek, is a former first-round pick who was acquired in the Roy Halladay deal. … Drabek’s biggest problem is command. He is tied for third in the AL with 34 walks allowed in his 52 1/3 innings. He has walked at least four in five in his last seven starts. … Drabek has been especially hard to hit in his last two starts. He gave up only six hits in 13 innings in wins over the Rays and Yankees. … Drabek is 1-3 with a 4.73 ERA on the road. … He has been at his best with runners in scoring position, holding opponents to a .149 average in those situations. … Drabek was the losing pitcher in Darvish’s win over the Blue Jays, allowing two runs on five hits and two walks in six innings.

Hitters: The current Rangers are 9-for-42 against Drabek with a home run by Yorvit Torrealba. He has been especially tough on Texas’ lefties. David Murphy is 0-for-5 with two strikeouts and Mitch Moreland 0-for-4 with a strikeout against Drabek. Elvis Andrus is 3-for-6 with a double against him. … Edwin Encarnacion is 2-for-2 with a homer against Darvish. The rest of the Blue Jays are 2-for-22 against him. Yunel Escobar and Kelly Johnson are both 0-for-3 with two strikeouts.

Up next:
Mon. vs. Sea.: LHP Matt Harrison (5-3, 4.72) vs. RHP Kevin Millwood (3-4, 3.72), 7:05 p.m., ESPN Dallas 103.3/1540/FSSW
Tues. vs. Sea.: RHP Scott Feldman (0-2, 4.66) vs. LHP Jason Vargas (5-4, 3.39), 7:05 p.m., ESPN Dallas 103.3/1540/FSSW
Wed. vs. Sea.: LHP Derek Holland (4-3, 4.05) vs. RHP Blake Beavan (2-4, 4.38), 7:05 p.m., ESPN Dallas 103.3/1540/FSSW
ARLINGTON, Texas – Rangers veteran Colby Lewis faces Blue Jays kid Henderson Alvarez. A look at the matchup:

Lewis (4-3, 3.30): Lewis snapped a three-game losing streak with an outstanding outing in his last start. He threw a season-high eight innings in the win over the Astros, allowing one run on four hits and a walk. … Lewis had allowed at least six runs in each of his previous three starts after allowing a total of seven runs in his five April starts. … Lewis has given up 13 homers, the most in the majors. That includes at least one long ball allowed in each start. … He gave up one run on two hits in 6 2/3 innings in his last start against the Blue Jays.

Alvarez (3-4, 3.30): The 22-year-old Alvarez has seven quality starts in nine outings, but he’s coming off his worst performance of the season. He gave up six earned runs on nine hits and two walks in a loss to the Mets. … He is 2-1 with a 1.17 ERA in three starts on the road. That includes a six-hit shutout of the Angels. … Alvarez isn’t a power pitcher. He has only 18 strikeouts in 60 innings.

Hitters: Current Blue Jays are hitting .247 (18-for-73) with 16 strikeouts against Lewis. Jose Bautista is 3-for-8 with two homers against Lewis. J.P. Arencibia is 1-for-2 with a homer. Rajai Davis is 6-for-16 with a double and two RBIs. Yunel Escobar is 1-for-9. … Alvarez has never faced the Rangers.

Up Next:
Sun. vs. Tor.: RHP Yu Darvish (6-2, 3.05) vs. RHP Kyle Drabek (4-4, 3.27), 2:05 p.m., ESPN Dallas 103.3/1540/FSSW

Rangers drop series opener in Toronto

September, 6, 2010

The Blue Jays lived up to its billing as a power-hitting team with three home runs off Tommy Hunter (12-3) en route to a 7-2 drubbing of the Rangers Monday in Toronto.

Both starting pitchers, Hunter and Ricky Romero (12-8), went seven innings. Romero, who has historically pitched well against Texas, gave up only one run against Hunter's seven.

The Rangers hoped Hunter would right the ship after the team suffered a series sweep at the hands of the Twins. Hunter pitched a few solid innings, but the damage was done in the third when Vernon Wells and Aaron Hill drove in five runs off two homers. Yunel Escobar also got in the act with a solo shot in the seventh.

Michael Young, one of the few bright spots in the Rangers' lineup, went 3-for-3 with a RBI, a walk and also added some nice defensive plays at third base. Vladimir Guerrero swung the bat well, knocking in a couple of extra-base hits and scoring one of the Rangers' runs.

Elvis Andrus is expected to sit out until Wednesday with a sore hamstring, and Josh Hamilton's bruised ribs could keep the major league batting leader out of the lineup longer than anticipated.

Scott Feldman is currently the leading candidate to start Game 2 of the four-game series as the Rangers "err on the side of caution" in regards to Cliff Lee's back pain.

Alyssa Milano of "Who's the Boss?" fame was in attendance for the Rangers' Labor Day loss.



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