Rangers stumble in spring opener

John Koronka gets knocked around over 1 1/3 innings of work in his spring debut as the Rangers drop their first exhibition game to the Kansas City Royals, 8-6.

The Good

Kameron Loe, looking to get a head start on the race for the fifth and final spot in the rotation, was sharp today. Over two innings of work, he allowed only one hit and retired five of the six outs on grounders.

Guillermo Quiroz had a solo homerun in the fifth inning and Victor Diaz added a two-run blast in the seventh.

Frank Catalanotto went 2 for 4 at the plate with a couple of doubles and a run scored.

The Bad

Michael Young, who took part in a press conference to announce his new five year contract extension in the morning, bobbled a grounder to short for an error.

Wes Littleton allowed a basehit, gave up a solo homerun to Ryan Shealy, walked a batter, and ended up taking the loss in the game. On the brightside, however, he was able to get three straight ground ball outs in the seventh inning.

The Ugly
John Koronka, who was second in the rotation of pitchers this afternoon, was torched for six runs on six hits over just an inning and one third.
Edinson Volquez had serious issues with his command. He faced four batters, walked one, hit another, and threw a wild pitch.

Notables

Sammy Sosa saw his first action of the spring in the "B" game played earlier in the day. But Slammin' Sammy didn't exactly win the accolades of anybody after going 0 for 3 with two K's and a walk.....Frank Francisco was unable to finish his inning of work in the early game, allowing two hits and walking a batter.

TEXAS (6) AT KANSAS CITY (8)

 TEXAS            AB  R  H BI  KANSAS CITY      AB  R  H BI
 K Lofton cf       3  0  0  0  D DeJesus cf      3  0  0  0
 M Byrd cf         2  0  0  0  M Tupman c        2  1  0  0
 F Catalanotto dh  4  1  2  0  M Grudzielanek 2b 2  0  1  0
 M Young ss        2  0  0  0  F Cortez pr-2b    1  1  1  1
 R Vazquez ss      2  0  0  0  R Gload lf        2  1  1  0
 M Kata ss         1  0  1  0  B Butler ph-lf    2  0  1  0
 M Teixeira 1b     2  0  1  0  R Sanders dh      2  1  1  1
 N Gold pr-1b      1  2  0  0  M Maier ph-dh     2  0  0  0
 H Blalock 3b      1  0  0  0  S Costa rf        3  1  1  1
 D Relaford pr-3b  1  1  0  1  R Shealy 1b       3  1  1  3
 B Wilkerson lf    1  0  1  0  J Huber 1b        1  0  0  0
 J Botts pr-lf     2  0  0  0  J LaRue c         2  1  1  0
 N Cruz rf         2  0  1  1  J Gathright cf    2  0  0  0
 V Diaz rf         3  1  1  2  A Gonzalez ss     2  1  2  1
 G Laird c         2  0  1  0  A Blanco ss       2  0  1  0
 G Quiroz c        2  1  1  1  A Gordon 3b       4  0  0  0
 I Kinsler 2b      2  0  0  1
 J Hairston Jr 2b  1  0  1  0
 D Meyer 2b        1  0  0  0
 TOTALS           35  6 10  6  TOTALS           35  8 11  7

 TEXAS                     000 211 200 --  6
 KANSAS CITY               000 600 11x --  8

 E--M Young, W Eyre. DP--TEXAS 1, KANSAS CITY 1.
 LOB--TEXAS 10, KANSAS CITY 7. 2B--S Costa 2, A
 Gonzalez, F Catalanotto 2. 3B--R Gload. HR--R
 Shealy 1 (1) (off J Koronka), G Quiroz 1 (1) (off
 R Giron), V Diaz 1 (1) (off J Gobble). SB--F
 Cortez 1 (1), M Kata 1 (1). CS--A Blanco. SF--D
 Relaford.
                                   IP   H   R  ER  BB  SO  HR
  TEXAS
 K Loe                              2   1   0   0   0   0   0
 J Koronka                      1 1-3   6   6   6   0   0   1
 E Volquez                        2-3   0   0   0   1   0   0
 J Benoit                           1   0   0   0   0   1   0
 W Littleton (L,0-1)            1 1-3   2   1   1   1   1   1
 W Eyre                         1 2-3   2   1   0   0   1   0
  KANSAS CITY
 G Meche                            3   2   0   0   1   0   0
 D Brazelton                        2   4   3   3   2   0   0
 R Giron                            1   2   1   1   1   1   1
 J Gobble (W,1-0)                   2   1   2   2   1   2   1
 M Wright (S,1)                     1   1   0   0   2   1   0

 WP--M Wright, W Eyre, E Volquez. SO--TEX: F
 Catalanotto, D Meyer, J Botts, N Gold. KAN: J
 Gathright, S Costa, M Maier. BB--TEX: N Gold 2, D
 Relaford, B Wilkerson, H Blalock, J Botts. KAN: F
 Cortez, B Butler. T--3:00. A--4,949.

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