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Rangers hang on in Spring Game 3 to beat Royals 9-8

Well, I listened to most of today’s game. However, since I have a 10 month old baby, and today was daddy’s day to spend with her, you can’t give the game your total attention. I did listen to it, but didn’t take in many details. These are the only actual notes I managed to take: :)
* Royals go up 2-0 on a 2 run double by Doug Mientk in the 1st
* Rod Barajas brings it back with a home run first pitch back from a knockdown pitch
* Home run in the 9th
I was going to retroactively create an update, however, before I sat down tonight to do it, I found out that I’m going to be an uncle, my brother and his wife have been trying to adopt a child for awhile now, and got “the call”, and are going across country tomorrow to handle all that, so my mind is elsewhere right now. :)


ST3: Mar 4, 2006 vs. Royals (W: 9-8)
1-1-1 (.500) – 7th – 1 Dn – Streak W1
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Game Recap
SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) — Adam Eaton allowed two runs and four hits over 2 1-3 innings in his Texas spring training debut, and the Rangers beat the Kansas City Royals 9-8 Saturday.
Texas acquired Eaton in a six-player trade with San Diego and he is expected to be the Rangers’ No. 2 starter behind Kevin Millwood.
“My fastball command was pretty poor, but the cutter was pretty good,” Eaton said. “The first inning had good points and bad points. Mostly, the execution wasn’t there at all. For me, it’s trying to get mechanics down to be consistent, and today I wasn’t consistent.”
Doug Mientkiewicz hit a two-run double in the first following singles by Reggie Sanders and Mark Grudzielanek.
Eaton came out for the third and retired Grudzielanek on a grounder, although he was scheduled to pitch only two innings. Ron Mahay replaced Eaton after that.
“I think they were surprised to see me go back out there,” Eaton said. “I was under the impression I was going three innings the whole time.”
Mientkiewicz also had a run-scoring single off R.A. Dickey in a two-run fifth.
Dickey, trying to become a knuckleball pitcher, gave up two runs, four hits and three walks in two innings.
“R.A. threw some real good knuckleballs,” Rangers manager Buck Showalter said. “He wasn’t as consistent with the command of it. He threw some good ones to (Mike) Sweeney, I thought.”
Jason Botts hit a three-run homer in the ninth for the Rangers, while Rod Barajas homered and doubled, driving in three runs.
Kansas City trailed 9-5 in the ninth, got a leadoff single from Donnie Murphy, then scored three runs without a hit. Wes Littleton hit Joe McEwing with a pitch, and Texas pitchers walked four, including Wilson Valdez and Chris Richard with the bases loaded. Joselo Diaz got the save by retiring Kerry Robinson on a grounder with the bases full.

Box Score

CAC  FINAL
1  2  3   4  5  6   7  8  9   R  H  E
-  -  -   -  -  -   -  -  -   -  -  -
TEXAS                0  1  0   2  0  0   0  3  3   9 10  1
KANSAS CITY          2  0  0   1  2  0   0  0  3   8 12  0   FINAL
WP - ERASMO RAMIREZ (1-0) LP - ANDREW SISCO (0-1) SAVE - JOSELO DIAZ (1)
HOME RUNS: TEX - ROD BARAJAS (1) OFF RUNELVYS HERNANDEZ IN THE 2ND JASON BOTTS (1) OFF DAVID ELDER IN THE 9TH
TIME: 3:10 ATT: 5,349
TEXAS (9) AT KANSAS CITY (8)
TEXAS AB R H BI KANSAS CITY AB R H BI B Wilkerson cf 3 0 1 0 C Ambres cf 3 0 0 0 A Brown lf 2 0 0 0 K Robinson cf 3 0 0 0 M Derosa 2b 2 0 0 0 M Grudzielanek 2b 3 1 2 0 R Yan cf 2 1 1 0 D Murphy 2b 1 2 1 0 H Blalock 3b 3 1 1 0 M Sweeney 1b 3 0 0 0 A Hyzdu 3b 2 0 0 0 J McEwing 1b 0 1 0 0 P Nevin dh 3 0 0 0 R Sanders rf 2 1 1 0 J Botts dh 1 2 1 3 M Maier rf 1 1 0 0 D Dellucci lf 3 1 1 0 D Mientkiewicz dh 3 0 2 3 A Baldiris 2b 1 1 0 0 C Richard dh 1 1 0 1 K Mench rf 3 0 1 0 S Costa lf 4 1 2 2 T Metcalf rf 1 1 1 2 P Bako c 2 0 1 0 R Barajas c 3 1 2 3 J Buck c 3 0 0 0 J Arias ph 1 0 1 1 E German 3b 1 0 1 0 D Jimenez ss 4 0 0 0 A Gordon 3b 2 0 0 0 I Gac 1b 3 0 0 0 A Blanco ss 1 0 0 1 J Burke 1b 0 1 0 0 W Valdez ss 2 0 2 1 TOTALS 37 9 10 9 TOTALS 35 8 12 8
TEXAS 010 200 033 -- 9 KANSAS CITY 200 120 003 -- 8
E--H Blalock. DP--TEXAS 2. LOB--TEXAS 5, KANSAS CITY 11. 2B--D Mientkiewicz, M Grudzielanek, R Barajas, J Arias, T Metcalf. HR--R Barajas 1 (1) (off R Hernandez), J Botts 1 (1) (off D Elder). SB--E German 1 (2). CS--E German, W Valdez. SF--S Costa.
IP H R ER BB SO HR TEXAS A Eaton 2 1-3 4 2 2 0 1 0 K Mahar 1 2-3 2 1 1 1 1 0 R Dickey 2 4 2 2 3 2 0 E Ramirez (W,1-0) 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 W Littleton 1 2 3 3 2 0 0 J Diaz (S,1) 1 0 0 0 2 0 0 KANSAS CITY R Hernandez 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 J Mays 1 2-3 4 2 2 0 2 0 B Bass 1 1-3 1 0 0 0 1 0 J Nelson 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 L Nunez 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 A Sisco (L,0-1) 2-3 2 3 3 2 0 0 D Elder 1 1-3 2 3 3 1 1 1
HBP--A Blanco by A Eaton, J McEwing by W Littleton. SO--TEX: B Wilkerson 2, I Gac 2, R Barajas, K Mench, D Jimenez, A Baldiris. KAN: P Bako, R Sanders, M Sweeney, J Buck, S Costa, A Gordon. BB--TEX: M Derosa, J Burke, J Botts, A Baldiris. KAN: J McEwing, R Sanders, E German, W Valdez, D Murphy, C Richard, A Gordon, M Maier. T--3:10. A--5,349.

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Comments

  1. grr, our pitching isn’t doing any better than last year so far!

  2. Kurt, are you seriously taking pitching this early in spring training seriously? Why?