Last Call from the Desert…Las Vegas
“What I’m doing here and what I’m trying to do here, I just take it out on the field and compete. Just trust your stuff. I’m getting to the point where I’m too old to think about that stuff. Maybe when I was younger and going for a fifth starter spot. With me, what you see is what it is. If it fits in their bullpen, that’s awesome. I’d love to be here. I’ve had more fun in this camp than the last few combined.”
Rangers catcher A.J. Pierzynski on rookie pitcher Nick Tepesch, who allowed three runs in five innings against the Cubs on Saturday, “I thought he threw the ball well. Yeah he gave up a home run (to Scott Hairston) but it wasn’t a horrible pitch. There was an inning where he gave up a few hits but he wasn’t behind in the count. He was ahead. He threw four pitches for strikes. It just didn’t work out, but he’s definitely not afraid. He definitely wants to attack hitters and be aggressive.”
Matt Harrison threw five scoreless innings in a 4-0 victory over the Dodgers on Saturday in Surprise but the big news for the Rangers was Josh Lindblom throwing a scoreless inning. He also struck out two. That’s two scoreless outings in a row for a pitcher that club officials are saying privately really needs to step forward for the Rangers bullpen to work.
Ben Rowen pitched a scoreless inning against the Cubs and struck out two. The Rangers are intrigued by what he might have to offer as a submarine-style reliever and manager Ron Washington said he could get opportunities earlier in the game against better hitters.
Washington on losing Kyle McClellan for 3-4 weeks or longer: “It’s a blow because we thought he could give us something but now it gives somebody else an opportunity.”
The Rangers brought Joey Gallo to Las Vegas as a reserve player and he got to play in front of his family and friends. Gallo went to nearby Bishop Gorman High School and they played their home games at Cashman Field during his freshman year. Gallo went deep out of the Triple A park as a freshman but could “only” double off the wall in center on Saturday afternoon. That wall is 433 feet away and the wind was blowing straight in.
“I was just hoping it would land in,” Gallo said. “I knew the wind was blowing in and it was deep. I was hoping it would get off the wall or behind the guy for a double.”