Half the Texas Rangers expected starting rotation in 2015 combined to allow 10 runs in less than three combined innings in Wednesday’s Cactus League opener against the Royals at Surprise Stadium.
Neither Colby Lewis nor Yovani Gallardo were concerned after surrendering a combined 10 hits and one walk. Lewis started the game and allowed five hits, including three consecutive home runs, before recording the first out of the game. The Royals scored six times in the inning. Gallardo allowed four runs on six hits in 1 2/3 innings, although he didn’t get much help from his defense, including several misplayed fly balls and a fielding error at third.
Still, both were pleased with how they felt physically after their outings.
“I got what I wanted out of it,” said Lewis, who threw 36 pitches (20 strikes) in an inning. “Of course, the results aren’t what you wanted.”
Lewis’ only complaint was a flat changeup he left up for Eric Hosmer, who hit it out deep in straight away center field.
“I didn’t felt fatigued. Arm strength is good so I’m happy with it,” he said. “I feel like I don’t ever throw the ball great the first couple outings of spring or get the results you should I’m happy with how physically I feel and how good I feel with my arm.”
Gallardo had a similar take after allowing four runs on six hits in less than two innings.
“I feel like I kept the ball down pretty good and I got a lot of ground balls today and that’s the main goal,” said Gallardo, who threw 42 pitches (28 strikes). “Stay healthy and get your work in. I feel good. I threw some pretty good curveballs, sliders and fastballs on both sides of the plate. It’s what spring training is for and staying healthy.”
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