Nothing to see here. Everything is fine.
That’s pitcher Alexi Ogando’s reaction after giving up six runs on five hits, two walks and a hit batter Wednesday in the Rangers’ 12-1 loss to the Los Angeles Angels at Surprise Stadium.
Los Angeles struck Ogando for five runs in the second inning, including Collin Cowgill’s three-run homer on an 0-2 pitch.
“I think you learn from your mistakes,” said Ogando, who threw 63 pitches in 3 1/3 innings. “We all need games like this. The most important thing is you feel healthy and feel fine. I’m trying to take this lesson and prepare for the next game.”
Ogando was replaced by Cory Burns after a one-out walk in the fourth inning. J.B. Shuck drove in a run with a triple to right and Chad Tracy doubled in two more runs to give the Angels an 8-0 lead. They built an 11-0 lead before Jim Adduci doubled in the Rangers’ lone run.
Ogando had thrown five innings this spring with two strikeouts and a 3.60 ERA entering Wednesday’s game. He had Cowgill in an 0-2 hole but left a pitch down in the zone that he meant to elevate.
“He just lost his command,” Rangers manager Ron Washington said. “You don’t have to lose your focus to lose your command. All of a sudden you lose your arm slot and you can’t control the ball the way you want to. Especially after getting ahead of him two strikes, no balls. He was supposed to elevate a fastball and [he] threw it down the middle of the plate.”
Ogando wasn’t bothered by the outing, his longest of the spring.