Last call from the Desert…Joakim Soria, Neftali Feliz
Joakim Soria, who set down the side in order in the ninth on Sunday afternoon, has easily been the most impressive pitcher in camp. He has pitched five scoreless innings, allowing just two hits and no walks. He has struck out four.
“He comes in and gets out,” manager Ron Washington said. “He throws everything for strikes, he has command, he knows what he’s doing and gets out.”
Soria also throws around 90 miles per hour. If he was getting these results at 99 miles per hour, there would be no doubt who would be the Rangers closer.
“No comment,” Washington.
— Neftali Feliz also pitched a 1-2-3 eighth with two strikeouts. His velocity was 92-94 but Washington thought it was better than that.
“The numbers were the same but the way it was hitting the mitt, it sounded like it had more on it,” Washington said. “He was good. He was aggressive with his fastball. I didn’t see a whole lot of off-speed stuff today.”
— Nick Williams hit two home runs on Saturday as the Rangers rallied for a 16-15 victory over the Athletics. Ronald Guzman hit a home run in the seventh inning on Sunday and the Rangers won 14-8. Get ready for some long Spring Training games over the next couple of years when some of the Rangers big bats start getting late-inning playing time: Williams, Guzman, Nomar Mazara, Lewis Brinson, Joey Gallo and Jario Beras.
He said it
“No. Shoot, Rios is the only guy I know and that’s because we played here together. No, that came and went about six years ago or so.”
White Sox pitcher John Danks, asked if there was any emotion facing the Rangers anymore.