Rangers’ Perez pitches better than stat line suggests in loss to Brewers

03/18/2014 7:47 PM

11/12/2014 4:19 PM

Martin Perez’s stat line is a little misleading. He allowed five runs on five hits over five innings on Tuesday afternoon, but it could have been much better.

Perez opened with three perfect innings, allowed a single run in the fourth and then saw what could have been a scoreless fifth turn into a four-run inning. In the end, the results aren’t what mattered in the Texas Rangers’ 9-3 loss to the Brewers at Maryvale Baseball Park.

“I feel good, I’m going to be ready,” Perez said. “My job is to attack the zone like I did today and we’ll be good.”

Perez retired the first nine batters he faced before giving up a double to Carlos Gomez to start the fourth. Gomez scored two batters later on a groundout to second by Ryan Braun.

Perez ran into more trouble in the fifth. He issued a leadoff walk to Rickie Weeks, but he appeared to have a double play in line when Khris Davis lined out to left and Brad Snyder’s throw beat Weeks to first. But first baseman Ronald Guzman couldn’t make the short-hop scoop.

Mark Reynolds followed with a routine fly ball to right that Engel Beltre lost in the sun. The result of that play was an RBI double. Martin Maldonado then reached on a bunt single down the third-base line and Gomez sent a three-run homer onto the left-field lawn.

So a potential scoreless inning turned into a four-run disaster for Perez and the Rangers.

“In those situations, I have to focus on what I have to do,” Perez said. “You can’t control that. Just stay focused on the hitter.”

Perez threw 83 pitches and will likely get close to the 100-pitch mark in his next outing.

Offensively, the Rangers were held scoreless until the ninth inning when Guzman lined a three-run homer over the right-center field fence. It’s the second homer of the spring by Guzman, the 19-year-old prospect who spent last season at Class A Hickory.

“Oh, man, he’s going to be a monster,” Washington said. “I like him. He’s not scared. He’s just a baby, but he’s not scared.”

Join the Discussion

Fort Worth Star-Telegram is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere on the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

Commenting FAQ | Terms of Service