Last call from the Desert: Intrasquad scrimmage
A team managed by Steve Buechele won today’s intrasquad game in Surprise, 7-4 over a team managed by Tim Bogar. Yu Darvish threw 13 pitches in a scoreless inning, the only blemish being his own error on a would-be inning-ending play at first base. Tommy Hanson whiffed 2 of 3 batters faced in his first outing in a Texas uniform.
Engel Beltre went 2-for-3 with 2 runs, joining Jim Adduci, Brent Lillibridge, Brad Snyder, and 19-year-old minor leaguer Ronald Guzman as players with multi-hit games. Alex Castellanos doubled for the Bogar team’s lone extra-base hit.
After the Bogar squad took a 4-1 lead in the 5th inning with 4 consecutive hits off of Pedro Figueroa, Team Buechele answered with a 5-run 6th to put the game away against Miles Mikolas. Adduci, minor leaguer Nomar Mazara, and Bryan Petersen all had ground rule doubles for Team Buechele in that frame. Mazara’s pinch double drove in the first 2 runs of the inning.
Shawn Tolleson, who missed most of last season after undergoing surgery for a herniated disk, pitched the only 1-2-3 inning besides Hanson.
— Manager Ron Washington on rookie second baseman Rougned Odor: “I like his game. He can play. He’s not afraid. He’s a young kid out of lower baseball and he’s full of tee tee and vinegar and we’ve got to get him to slow that down. We’ve got to get him to play just a little under control. And before this camp is over, we’ll get him under control.
“He’s got quick-twitch muscles. Like most young kids, they turn a double play or they start a double play and all they’ve got on their minds is rushing and getting it there and there’s timing. If the timing is right, there’s no rushing involved. We need to get him to develop a clock.”
— Teammates have a nickname for pitcher Jose Contreras. They call him “Pedro Serrano” from the movie Major League. Contreras does have the same shaved head and powerful build even at 42.
He said it
“We’re going to miss Joe Nathan. He did a great job for us for a couple of years and was a great teammate. But we have some great arms down in the bullpen that can do the job.”
Reliever Neal Cotts.