ST17: Rangers lose close one to Dodgers, 5-4

Before this game started, I told my wife it was the Dodgers, and I wanted to watch it on TV in the hopes that the Dodgers and Rangers would do something that happened in spring training the previous year. For one inning, the Dodgers and Rangers switched broadcast teams, which means we got Vin Scully doing the game. So I was looking forward to that, and then Scully got hurt this past week, and he did a Dodgers game, but he did the other split squad game back and their own park.
Still, it was nice to see the Rangers on TV. David Murphy, who on paper looks to have a hard time getting regular playing time in 2010, made a case for himself today. His first two at bats were a home run and a triple. Which immediately brings forth the idea of a cycle. That didn’t happen, mind you, but it set a tone for him. Later on, our Rule 5 guy, Matt Brown had his own home run. Taylor Teagarden had a double, and that accounted for half of our eight hits being extra bases. So we had some power this game.
Colby Lewis started this game, and I have to confess he looked better than I remembered him looking. His Japanese strikeout stuff was on display here, as he had six of them in his five innings of work. I wouldn’t call the outing dominating, but he certainly did well. Five innings, five hits, one walk, and two earned runs, one of which was on a solo home run he allowed. Had too many pitches for my taste (79). That’s not an obscenely huge number. In fact, it’s only four pitches over “recommended”, but it just felt like a lot more than that.
The only other pitcher the Rangers used was Derek Holland, who really hasn’t had a a dominating spring. Four innings, six hits, one walk, and three earned runs. Derek was charged with the blown save and the loss.
We had a shot to come back late, and blew it when we left a couple of men on base late (I think 2nd & 3rd). We didn’t, and those kind of losses bug me more than others, as we COULD have won. The kind of games that teams like the Yankees always seem to find a way to win.