Left-hander Ross Detwiler is 2-for-2 as a member of the Texas Rangers’ rotation: two starts with no fastball command, two losses.
Detwiler allowed five runs in 5 2/3 innings Monday night in a 6-3 loss to the Angels. He was unable to hold a 3-0 first-inning lead, which he gave up in a four-run fifth that featured two walks and two two-run homers.
He was unable to spot his fastball Wednesday at Oakland, and the same problem bit him again.
“I had command early in the first inning, and then lost it,” said Detwiler, who threw 91 pitches/55 strikes. “I have to go back and see what changed between the first and the second inning.”
The Angels had only one out on the ground, a second-inning nubber by Chris Iannetta that catcher Robinson Chirinos fielded some 10 feet in front of the plate. Other than that, it was flyball after flyball, an indication that Detwiler couldn’t get his fastball down.
Two of those flyballs carried into the seats in the fifth, the first by Collin Cowgill two batters after a leadoff walk to Iannetta and the second by David Freese two batters after a walk to Mike Trout.
Detwiler, who was making his second start since 2013, had four walks and only three strikeouts. He walked two and struck out two last week against the A’s in 4 1/3 innings.
“It was the same thing I did there, and it was the same result,” Detwiler said.
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