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ST12: Rangers win beanball game, 11-7

The Rangers and Brewers played two games today. Only one counted in spring standings, but there was a lot of beanings, in both the “A” game, and the “B” game. In all, six guys got hit. With that many, unless you had ME pitching, you would think that the latter ones would have been retaliation. Just seemed like a lot. From reports, the one for Nelson Cruz was a bad one, as he was hit on the head, and didn’t move for awhile. Was taken to the hospital, had Xrays, cat scans, etc… Never like to hear those words in a baseball game recap.
Ranger pitching was a tad unusual this game. Normally in the spring, I’m saying something like “it doesn’t matter this guy gave up 27 earned runs in two innings, as he won’t be with us in April anyway”. This game turned that on it’s head. We used a total of six pitchers. Three either will be, or have very good chances to be with us. Those are the three that gave up the runs. The other three, the ones who won’t be here in April (or just are guys I’ve never heard of) are the ones who pitched shutout ball. Now to be fair, Kameron Loe was the starter and gave up two runs, but they were all unearned. Koronka gave up three as well, but only two were earned. CJ Wilson gave up two (both earned). That was a bit unusual.
Offensively it was another “scatter” game. We had twelve hits, and nobody had more than one. The park we played in must have been HUGE as Sammy Sosa got a triple. Kenny Lofton, Brad Wilkerson, and spring training catcher Kevin Richardson all had doubles for their hits. We also had home runs from Miguel Ojeda & Nate Gold. So the majority of our hits (8 of 12) were extra base hits – that’s always nice to see.
Michael Young and Kenny Lofton both committed errors. And then there’s the beanings I mentioned before.

CAC  FINAL
1  2  3   4  5  6   7  8  9   R  H  E
-  -  -   -  -  -   -  -  -   -  -  -
TEXAS                0  0  1   0  0  4   3  0  3  11 12  2
MILWAUKEE            0  0  0   2  0  3   0  2  x   7 16  2   FINAL
WP - MIKE BUMSTEAD (1-0) LP - CHRIS SPURLING (0-1) SAVE - ANDY WALKER (1)
HOME RUNS: TEX - MIGUEL OJEDA (2) OFF CARLOS VILLANUEVA IN THE 3RD NATE GOLD (1) OFF CHRIS SPURLING IN THE 7TH
TIME: 3:28 ATT: 4,385
TEXAS (11) AT MILWAUKEE (7)
TEXAS AB R H BI MILWAUKEE AB R H BI K Lofton cf 4 1 1 1 R Weeks 2b 3 0 1 1 M Byrd cf 0 0 0 0 L Nix cf 1 0 0 0 F Catalanotto 1b 3 0 0 0 J Hardy ss 3 0 0 0 N Gold 1b 2 1 1 1 C Counsell ss 3 1 1 0 M Young ss 2 0 1 0 P Fielder 1b 3 0 2 1 D Meyer pr-ss 2 3 1 0 B Nelson pr-1b 2 2 2 0 S Sosa dh 4 0 1 1 B Hall cf 2 0 0 0 J Arias pr-dh 1 2 1 0 B Clark rf 2 0 0 0 B Wilkerson lf 3 1 1 1 J Estrada c 4 1 3 2 V Diaz pr-rf 1 1 1 1 L Palmisano pr-c 1 1 1 0 N Cruz rf 2 0 0 1 G Jenkins lf 2 1 0 0 F Guzman pr-rf 1 0 0 0 K Mench lf 2 0 2 1 I Kinsler 2b 3 0 1 2 R Braun dh 5 0 0 0 M Kata pr-2b 1 0 0 1 T Graffanino 3b 3 0 2 1 R Vazquez 3b 4 0 1 1 H Iribarren 2b 2 0 1 1 M Ojeda c 1 1 1 1 T Gwynn Jr rf 2 1 0 0 K Richardson c 4 1 1 0 O Chavez 3b 2 0 1 0 K Loe p 0 0 0 0 C Villanueva p 0 0 0 0 J Vargas p 0 0 0 0 Y Gallardo p 0 0 0 0 J Koronka p 0 0 0 0 C Spurling p 0 0 0 0 M Bumstead p 0 0 0 0 A Zumwalt p 0 0 0 0 C Wilson p 0 0 0 0 J Capellan p 0 0 0 0 A Walker p 0 0 0 0 TOTALS 38 11 12 11 TOTALS 42 7 16 7
TEXAS 001 004 303 -- 11 MILWAUKEE 000 203 020 -- 7
E--J Capellan, L Palmisano, M Young, K Lofton. DP--TEXAS 1, MILWAUKEE 2. LOB--TEXAS 7, MILWAUKEE 15. 2B--B Nelson 2, T Graffanino, R Weeks, K Lofton, K Richardson, B Wilkerson. 3B--S Sosa. HR--M Ojeda 1 (2) (off C Villanueva), N Gold 1 (1) (off C Spurling). S--F Guzman. SF--M Kata. IP H R ER BB SO HR TEXAS K Loe 3 2-3 3 2 0 2 3 0 J Vargas 1-3 0 0 0 0 0 0 J Koronka 1 2-3 7 3 2 1 0 0 M Bumstead (W,1-0) 1-3 0 0 0 1 0 0 C Wilson 1 2-3 4 2 2 1 1 0 A Walker (S,1) 1 1-3 2 0 0 0 0 0 MILWAUKEE C Villanueva 4 2 1 1 0 4 1 Y Gallardo 1 2-3 3 4 4 3 0 0 C Spurling (L,0-1) 1 1-3 4 3 3 0 2 1 A Zumwalt 1 0 0 0 1 2 0 J Capellan 1 3 3 0 0 0 0
HBP--B Hall by K Loe, N Cruz by Y Gallardo, P Fielder by K Loe. SO--TEX: S Sosa, K Lofton, B Wilkerson, R Vazquez, M Kata, F Guzman, K Richardson, N Cruz. MIL: C Counsell, B Hall, P Fielder, R Braun. BB--TEX: M Young, B Wilkerson, M Byrd, R Vazquez. MIL: K Mench, B Hall, L Nix, R Weeks, T Gwynn Jr. T--3:28. A--4,385.