Scheppers, Ross impress Washington

Rangers manager Ron Washington said he was impressed with both Tanner Scheppers and Robbie Ross during a 2-1 loss to the Reds on Friday night.

Scheppers put two runners in scoring position with a two-out single, walk and wild pitch in the second, and Chris Nelson singled home two runs. But Scheppers retired six of seven, striking out five on the night.

Ross took over and pitched four scoreless innings. He allowed five hits but did not walk a batter.

“They did a great job,” Washington said. “Tanner worked around some issues in the early innings but he made some pitches. Robbie came in and worked on both sides of the plate and kept the ball down…really great pitching. He is bringing in his changeup and his breaking ball is good. He threw the ball very well.”

Asked what kind of impression they made, Washington said, “A very good one.”

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