Rangers 4, Phillies 3
- At one point in this game, I was thinking, just don't get shut out. At least put a run on the board. I can deal with a loss, but just don't get skunked here.
- Mitch Moreland came up big tonight. He had a triple that led to him scoring the team's first run on a Leonys Martin single, then picked up a one on, one out double in the 9th that led to him scoring the tying run.
- Leonys Martin also came up big tonight, with a couple of RBI singles. Leonys was someone people were fretting over, because of his slow start to the spring. He's hitting .455 now through 3 games.
- The inclusion of Jim Adduci on the 25 man roster was questioned in some quarters, but he had a key at bat tonight that shouldn't be overlooked. Pinch hitting for J.P. Arencibia with runners on second and third and one out, Adduci hit a roller down the third base line that looked like it was going to be an RBI groundout. But Adduci busted it down the line and legged out an infield single, which kept the Rangers in a two on, one out situation and changed the dynamic of the inning.
- Jonathan Papelbon is one of those "proven closers" that certain folks have been complaining the Rangers should have gotten this offseason.
- Not a bad major league starting debut for Robbie Ross. 7 Ks against 2 walks in 5.2 innings, 3 runs allowed, and while he allowed 7 hits, he was basically a hanging breaking ball to Ryan Howard (which Howard hit out for a 2 run homer) away from a quality start. With Yu Darvish due back Sunday, and Colby Lewis back no later than April 11, it seems likely either Ross or Tanner Scheppers will be moved back to the pen in the next 10 days or so, but Ross's performance today gives you reason to think he can stick in the rotation.
- Pedro Figueroa was brought into a close game to face Chase Utley, and walked him on 4 pitches. Marlon Byrd then hit a line drive off of him that was snagged by Prince Fielder, who doubled Utley off of first base. While Figueroa gets credit for 0.2 scoreless innings today, he wasn't really any sharper than he was on Opening Day, when he allowed 4 runs. Figueroa is out of options, and is one of only two lefties in the pen, but I have to wonder whether he will be a roster casualty when Yu and Lewis return.
- Congrats to Seth Rosin on his first major league win. The Rule 5 guy pitched two scoreless innings today, and while I was confused by Ron Washington's decision to use him in a close game with a rested pen and an off day tomorrow, Rosin acquitted himself well. He's the mystery guy out in the pen right now, and I was baffled by the Rangers claiming him late in the spring and putting him on the 25 man roster, he might end up sticking around as the team's long man.