The 2016 Texas Rangers are still undefeated.
OK, they didn’t beat the Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday at Surprise Stadium, but they didn’t lose either. The managers agreed to end it tied 3-3 after nine innings, a normal occurrence early in the spring training games. The Dodgers tied it with a run in the top of the ninth and the Rangers were retired in the bottom of the inning to end it.
Pitching: Starter Chi Chi Gonzalez allowed one hit and no walks in two scoreless innings. He threw 21 pitches (15 strikes). Sam Dyson and Yohander Mendez each threw perfect innings of relief. Myles Jaye was close in the eight except for a walk, but struck out two. Cesar Ramos gave up a two-run homer to Scott Van Slyke in the fourth. He threw 32 pitches in two innings. In the ninth, Connor Sadzeck allowed two singles to start the inning before inducing a double play. He walked the next two batters to load the bases before Jefri Hernandez replaced him and threw a wild pitch, allowing the tying run to score.
Hitting: Delino DeShields doubled to left-center field in the first, moved to third on Shin-Soo Choo’s opposite-field single to left, and scored on Adrian Beltre’s single to right-center field. Consecutive singles by Rougned Odor, Elvis Andrus and Michael McKenry made it 2-0 against Dodgers starter Scott Kazmir. Beltre was 2 for 2 with two singles before leaving the game in the third when Joey Gallo pinch ran for him.
Notable: DeShields made a couple long runs for catches deep in center field look relatively easy ... Gallo went 0 for 1 with a strikeout and walk ... Desmond’s first game in left field was uneventful. He had no opportunities to make plays although he got a great view of Van Slyke’s towering homer that cleared the bullpen beyond the left-field fence ... Catcher Chris Gimenez replaced Prince Fielder at first base in the sixth just to get some at-bats, manager Jeff Banister said.
Rangers at Giants
2:05 p.m. Saturday
LHP Cole Hamels vs. LHP Ricky Romero