ST21: Rangers lose yet again, this time 9-6 to Angels

The Rangers lost yet again, in a trend that is now disturbing to me. It was made even more disturbing by an article I read this week where the Rangers said they weren’t concerned with their bad record in the spring. That’s a sure sign that it’s worrying them somewhere, even if only subconsciously. You don’t issue statements for things you don’t care about.
Anyway, this game started off good enough early on. Derek Holland started for Texas, and was pretty good in the first few innings. Derek didn’t allow any runs the first three innings, and two in the fourth, and settled down again for a zero in the fifth. However, he ran out of gas in the sixth. Four runs were charged to his ledger, although one was driven in while Alexi Ogando was on the hill. Holland’s outing I’m not sure how to classify. One one hand he had four innings of shutout ball out of 5+ innings. But the non shutout stuff was not good. His official line was 5.1IP, 8H, 4ER, 0BB, 2K. He also balked.
Ogando, who I mentioned before was pretty bad, too. Only 1/3 of an inning, but in that, he allowed three hits and two walks, but surprisingly only two earned runs in all that. Still, that’s an atrocious line. Ben Snyder wasn’t good either (our 3rd of the day), but not nearly as painful as Ogando’s line. Synder went one onning, allowed three his and two walks – accounting for three earned runs.
Offensively, we put together 13 hits, which were fairy well spread out. Eight of them came from four guys who had two hits each (Borbon, Young, Hamilton, Guerrero). We had some nice power, too. Five doubles, a triple, and a home run. The home run was from a surprise – Matt Treanor.
Elvis Andrus was on the move. He stole a base and was caught once.
But it sadly all added up to yet another loss, bringing our spring record to 6-14-1. That’s good for last place in the Cactus league. In fact, the only major league team with a worse spring training record than the Rangers is the Washington Nationals. Even the Pittsburgh Pirates have a better record than us.
But the team isn’t worried!