Rangers’ Feliz, Scheppers and Ross hang tough in tie with Dodgers

03/08/2014 7:13 PM

03/09/2014 12:31 AM

Neftali Feliz had improved velocity. Tanner Scheppers had two perfect innings before struggling in his third. And Robbie Ross had issues early on in his outing before settling down.

Those were the three pitching performances of note Saturday afternoon as the Texas Rangers and Los Angeles Dodgers played to a 5-5 tie at Surprise Stadium.

Feliz had his second consecutive scoreless inning, scattering a hit and a walk. His velocity improved, sitting in the 91-93 mph range and hitting 95 mph twice.

“He let some go today, and he was popping the glove,” manager Ron Washington said. “I saw some 92-93 mph, but they certainly looked a little harder than that.”

Scheppers started the game by retiring six straight before giving up a pair of singles to start the third. He issued a one-out walk to load the bases and then allowed a run with a walk with two outs.

Scheppers was pulled after that, having thrown 57 pitches in 2 2/3 innings. He threw 28 pitches in his first outing last Sunday.

“Definitely got over his pitch count and then got to the point where he couldn’t stay on his fastball,” Washington said. “I don’t think he had a delivery problem, just trying to find your release point.”

Ross also allowed one run over 2 2/3 innings but retired the final seven batters he faced. He was pulled after reaching his pitch limit of 50.

“I felt better that last inning than I did all of spring,” Ross said. “The first time I was breathing hard; it was a little longer game. Today it felt better.”

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