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ST4: Texas pounds the Rock, 8-2

This was the first game of the spring on TV, but it wasn’t quite the same. First off, the game was at 2PM, which meant that I wouldn’t be able to watch it. Second, it was the Rockies feed. For a TV starved baseball fan, it’s not bad, but it’s not “our guys”. In fact, when I got home from work, I tuned in the first inning or so, but stopped watching – I already knew what happened.
What did happen was a nice performance by Robinson Tejeda (who the Rockies’ announcers kept calling him Tejada, as in Miguel). Robinson went two innings (which seems to be the limit for any pitcher these first half dozen games or so), and gave up just two hits and no runs. From what I saw on TV, he looked sharp, although the Rockies coverage kept cutting to interviews with their players (not surprising). We again got good pitching from the rest of our staff used today. In fact, the two runs that Colorado got were unearned (off of Frankie Francisco). Frankie gave up a hit and two walks in his lone frame of work. Nobody else gave up any runs, which is encouraging. Our pitchers used Monday were Tejada, Josh Rupe, Francisco, Joaquin Benoit, Wes Littleton, AJ Murray, & Steven Rice. All zeroes (except Francisco).
Offensively, we scored our runs in three innings (third, fourth, seventh). Jerry Hairston & Ian Kinsler led the way, both going 2 for 3 and an RBI. The offensive theme of doubles that existed in 2006 was evident in this game too, as Brad Wilkerson, Ian Kinsler, & even Desi Relaford got one. Jason Botts cracked a triple, and Miguel Ojeda (our likely backup catcher in 07) hit one over the fence, too. Kinsler however, had five RBI for the day, which was the most of anyone.
I scanned through the game and saw some of this via the Colorado coverage. It’d be nice to see our TV guys sooner in the spring than later.

CAC  FINAL
1  2  3   4  5  6   7  8  9   R  H  E
-  -  -   -  -  -   -  -  -   -  -  -
TEXAS                0  0  3   2  0  0   3  0  0   8  9  1
COLORADO             0  0  0   0  2  0   0  0  0   2  8  1   FINAL
WP - ROBINSON TEJEDA (1-0) LP - UBALDO JIMENEZ (0-1)
HOME RUNS: TEX - MIGUEL OJEDA (1) OFF OSCAR RIVERA IN THE 3RD
TIME: 2:33 ATT: 2,035

TEXAS (8) AT COLORADO (2)
TEXAS AB R H BI COLORADO AB R H BI F Catalanotto lf 3 0 0 0 W Taveras cf 3 1 0 0 J Botts lf 2 1 1 2 A Gomez cf 2 0 1 0 I Kinsler 2b 3 1 2 1 K Matsui 2b 2 0 1 1 M Kata 2b 2 0 0 1 J Herrera 2b 2 0 1 0 B Wilkerson rf 3 0 1 1 J Mabry dh 2 0 1 0 V Diaz rf 2 0 1 0 T Helton 1b 3 0 2 1 M Teixeira 1b 3 0 0 0 J Koshansky 1b 0 0 0 0 N Gold 1b 1 0 0 0 B Hawpe rf 3 0 0 0 M Byrd dh 3 0 0 0 M Miller rf 1 0 0 0 J Arias ph-dh 1 0 0 0 J Lopez c 3 0 1 0 N Cruz cf 2 1 0 0 G Gil c 1 0 0 0 F Guzman cf 1 0 0 0 I Stewart 3b 3 0 0 0 D Relaford 3b 3 1 1 0 E Almonte 3b 1 0 0 0 R Vazquez 3b 1 0 0 0 C Sullivan lf 3 1 0 0 M Ojeda c 1 1 1 2 C Barmes ss 4 0 1 0 T Donovan pr 0 1 0 0 U Jimenez p 0 0 0 0 C Stewart c 1 0 0 0 O Rivera p 0 0 0 0 J Hairston Jr ss 3 2 2 1 J Affeldt p 0 0 0 0 D Meyer ss 1 0 0 0 R Ramirez p 0 0 0 0 R Tejeda p 0 0 0 0 M Corpas p 0 0 0 0 J Rupe p 0 0 0 0 F Francisco p 0 0 0 0 J Benoit p 0 0 0 0 W Littleton p 0 0 0 0 A Murray p 0 0 0 0 S Rice p 0 0 0 0 TOTALS 36 8 9 8 TOTALS 33 2 8 2
TEXAS 003 200 300 -- 8 COLORADO 000 020 000 -- 2
E--C Barmes, J Hairston Jr. LOB--TEXAS 4, COLORADO 9. 2B--J Lopez, D Relaford, B Wilkerson, I Kinsler. 3B--J Botts. HR--M Ojeda 1 (1) (off O Rivera). SB--K Matsui 1 (2), W Taveras 1 (2), J Hairston Jr 2 (2), T Donovan 1 (1). CS--W Taveras. S--M Ojeda. SF--K Matsui.
IP H R ER BB SO HR TEXAS COLORADO (Pitching stats not sent for some reason)
PB--C Stewart. SO--TEX: D Relaford 2, F Catalanotto 2, B Wilkerson 2, M Byrd, M Teixeira, C Stewart, J Arias, N Gold. COL: I Stewart 2, G Gil, C Sullivan, W Taveras. BB--TEX: M Ojeda, N Cruz. COL: J Mabry 2, C Sullivan, J Koshansky. T--2:33. A--2,035.