ST8: Feldman’s perfection, Kinsler’s 2s lead to 4-3 win

For the second straight game, both the Rangers and their opponent were kept in check offensively – at least hits wise. In yesterday’s game, both the Royals & Rangers had six hits. In today’s game, the Padres had five hits, and the Rangers had six.
Amusing thing about the Rangers six hits is that two guys (Kinsler, Hamilton) had two each. That left just two other guys with hits at all (Blalock & Metcalf). While we’re looking at those kind of numbers, three of the six hits were doubles (Kinsler, Hamilton, Blalock). A strength of ours in 2008, that was. One of the remaining three was a home run (Kinsler again). So it was a pretty power heavy set of hits, even if there weren’t a lot of them.
Kinsler did the 2-2-2 thing. Two hits, two RBI’s and two runs scored.
Elvis Andrus had his first stolen base of the spring, too.
Taylor Teagarden threw out David Eckstein trying to steal (while Benson was on the mound).
Scott Feldman though was perfect on the mound. In his two innings, he gave up donut. Spring training box scores generalky don’t have the number of pitches, so I can’t comment on how easily the two innings went, but that many zeroes (the good ones) are always a good thing to see on a pitcher’s linescore. The remainder of the Rangers pitchers (we used six more) were all pretty decent. Derrick Turnbow was the only one who really wasn’t. He gave up just one run, although he probably should have given up more, since he walked THREE in one inning. In fact, he didn’t give up any actual hits, so one of those walks was with the bases loaded, apparently. Mr. Anna Benson also threw two innings in direct relief of Feldman, and he too gave up no runs. I don’t know what to make of him. He’s bounced around, not been much of anything the last few years. Although he could be OK in a Sydney Ponson sort of way if he holds it together.
In all a nice win (even if I was in meetings all day and couldn’t listen) We’re now 5-3 in spring training, which is always a good thing.

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