Rangers lose slugfest

Thursday afternoon in Tucson, the Rangers offense did a lot of things right. But once again this spring, the pitching did a lot of things wrong, and the Rangers end up on the short end of a 15-12 slugfest with Arizona.

The Good

The bats exploded for 15 runs and 12 hits against the Diamondbacks. They were led by Matt Kata, who continued to make a push for a roster spot with a 3 for 5, 3 RBI afternoon.

Gerald Laird launched a three-run homer to left in the Rangers nine run 4th inning, his second of the spring.

Sammy Sosa struck out swinging twice, but also added an impressive solo shot that cleared the lawn in left field for his third homerun of the spring.

The Bad

In his first at-bat of the game, Marlon Byrd fouled a ball off his right hand and left the game. Jason Botts finished the plate appearance for Byrd by striking out.

The Ugly

It might be safe to say Josh Rupe didn't have one of his best days this spring.

In 2.1 innings of work, Rupe surrended 5 hits and a whopping eight earned runs against the Diamondbacks, although not all of it was necessarily his fault. Four of them came off the bat of Tony Clark via a grand slam that was served up by Rick bauer, and two more were courtesy of a two-run error on a ball misplayed by Jason Botts in left field. It was Rupe's second straight stomach-churning outing and it's all but changed him from a guy who could make the rotation into a long shot just to make the team. I'd also like to thank Josh for consequently rendering what I wrote about him earlier today null and void.

Robinson Tejeda, who started the game, was all over the place again walking two guys and giving up five hits and four runs.

And the trio of ugly pitching lines today was complete by Rick Bauer, who gave up the grand slam to Clark after hitting the first batter he faced.
Notable

With both Ron Washington and pitching coach Mark Connor present, Eric Gagne logged an inning of work in a Triple-A game against the Royals this afternoon. He threw 14 pitches, 10 for strikes, recorded one out on a fly ball and struck out the other two batters. Gagne says he was working at about 85% and displayed some good control of his stuff.

In that same game, C.J. Wilson and Wes Littleton both rebounded from some earlier spring struggles to have nice outings of their own as well. Wilson went two innings and allowed no runs on a hit, while Littleton went one inning and had a strikeout.

Before the game against the Diamondbacks this afternoon, Jerry Hairston Jr. and Sammy Sosa were both notified they would be on the 40-man roster for the Rangers.

Jamey Wright looks to increase his odds at making the rotation tommorow when the Rangers take on San Diego for the second time this week. Clay Hensley will start the game for the Padres.
TEXAS (12) AT ARIZONA (15)

 TEXAS            AB  R  H BI  ARIZONA          AB  R  H BI
 M Kata ss         5  1  3  3  A Callaspo ss     4  2  2  1
 J Hairston Jr cf  3  1  2  2  B Barden ph-ss    2  0  0  0
 F Guzman cf       2  0  1  0  O Hudson 2b       4  1  2  2
 M Byrd lf         1  0  0  0  R Thompson cf     1  0  0  0
 J Botts ph-lf     2  1  0  0  C Jackson 1b      3  2  1  0
 R Bauer p         1  0  0  0  C Carter 1b       0  0  0  0
 J Ingram p        0  0  0  0  E Byrnes rf       3  0  0  0
 S Sosa rf         3  1  1  1  D Brown rf        1  0  0  0
 G Quiroz c        2  0  0  0  C Tracy 3b        2  2  1  1
 G Laird c         3  2  2  3  A Ojeda 3b        1  1  1  2
 J Rupe p          0  0  0  0  C Young cf        3  1  1  0
 K Mahar lf        2  1  1  1  D Sadler 2b       1  0  0  0
 R Vazquez 2b      4  1  1  0  M Montero c       2  1  1  1
 N Gold 1b         5  1  1  1  M Johnson c       1  0  0  0
 D Meyer 3b        3  2  2  0  D Krynzel lf      1  1  0  0
 R Tejeda p        1  0  0  0  S Hairston ph-lf  1  1  0  0
 F German p        0  0  0  0  Ed Gonzalez p     2  1  1  0
 K Richardson ph   1  0  0  0  C Daigle p        0  0  0  0
 V Diaz rf         3  1  1  0  B Medders p       0  0  0  0
                               T Clark ph        1  2  1  4
                               J Bajenaru p      0  0  0  0
                               T Pena p          1  0  0  0
 TOTALS           41 12 15 11  TOTALS           34 15 11 11

 TEXAS                     000 900 300 -- 12
 ARIZONA                   014 0010 00x -- 15

 E--E Byrnes, J Botts. DP--TEXAS 1, ARIZONA 1.
 LOB--TEXAS 6, ARIZONA 7. 2B--A Ojeda, O Hudson, M
 Montero, C Young, V Diaz. 3B--J Hairston Jr. HR--T
 Clark 1 (1) (off J Rupe), S Sosa 1 (3) (off Ed
 Gonzalez), G Laird 1 (2) (off C Daigle), R Mahay 1
 (1) (off J Bajenaru). SB--J Hairston Jr 1 (3).
 CS--D Meyer. SF--M Montero.
                                   IP   H   R  ER  BB  SO  HR
  TEXAS
 R Tejeda                       2 2-3   5   5   2   2   2   0
 F German                         1-3   0   0   0   1   0   0
 J Rupe (L,0-2)                 2 1-3   5   8   8   4   0   0
 R Bauer                        1 1-3   1   2   2   2   1   1
 J Ingram                       1 1-3   0   0   0   0   2   0
  ARIZONA
 Ed Gonzalez                        3   7   4   4   0   5   1
 C Daigle                           1   4   5   5   2   2   1
 B Medders (W,1-0)                  2   0   0   0   1   3   0
 J Bajenaru                         1   4   3   3   1   2   1
 T Pena (S,2)                       2   0   0   0   0   1   0

 WP--J Rupe. HBP--A Ojeda by R Bauer, S Hairston
 by R Bauer. SO--TEX: N Gold 3, S Sosa 2, R Bauer,
 M Byrd, R Tejeda, G Quiroz, V Diaz, G Laird, J
 Botts, K Richardson. ARI: M Johnson, O Hudson, D
 Krynzel, S Hairston, D Sadler. BB--TEX: D Meyer 2,
 R Vazquez, J Botts. ARI: D Krynzel 2, T Clark, D
 Brown, C Tracy, C Carter, C Jackson, M Montero, C
 Young. T--3:20. A--6,051.

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