Lefthanded pitcher John King has been one of the breakout stories for the Texas Rangers this season. Starting the year in Hickory, he pitched well enough to get a quick promotion to high-A Down East, and he’s dominated the Carolina League. Coming into today he had allowed 5 runs in 42 IP for Down East, meaning that, if he made it through 3.1 scoreless innings today, his ERA would drop below 1.00.
King cruised through the first two innings, and then retired the first two batters of the fourth inning, giving up a 0.98 ERA for the Wood Ducks. Alas, he then allowed two infield hits followed by a triple, pushing his ERA up above 1.00 again. King ended up going 6 IP, allowing 5 runs on 8 hits with 4 Ks and 0 walks. King’s ERA is now 1.88 — still a remarkably good figure — and he still seems on track to make it to AA Frisco before the summer is out.
For the DEWD hitters, Yohel Pozo had a double and a homer, J.P. Martinez had a triple and a single, and Sam Huff had a pair of hits.
For Nashville, Isiah Kiner-Falefa caught five innings before his (planned) departure from the game, going 0 for 1 with a walk. Kyle Dowdy continued his rehab with a two inning outing, allowing no runs on a hit, a walk and an HBP, striking out 2.
For the AZL Rangers, Alex Speas made his second rehab appearance, giving up a first pitch single followed by a pair of four pitch walks before being lifted.