Spring season is coming to an end and so is the competition for the fifth starter spot in the Rangers’ rotation. A.J. Griffin didn’t exactly nail it down with his performance but was nonetheless happy with his short outing in the Rangers’ 6-2 loss to the White Sox at Camelback Ranch.
Pitching: Griffin’s last start this spring wasn’t pretty. He was charged with five runs on seven hits in 3 2/3 innings. But he did strike out six and finished with 19 in 18 innings this spring. But he also allowed six home runs this spring, including Todd Frazier’s two-run homer in the first inning, which came on a two-out, 3-2 pitch. Sam Freeman walked two and allowed a hit in 1 1/3 innings. Sam Dyson had a strikeout in a perfect sixth. Shawn Tolleson allowed a home run to Adam Eaton in the seventh to give the White Sox a 6-2 lead.
Hitting: Hanser Alberto went 2 for 3 with a homer in the fifth against White Sox starter Chris Sale. It’s Alberto’s second homer this spring. Elvis Andrus doubled off Sale in the second inning. Minor league infielder Josh Altmann homered in the seventh to pull the Rangers to within 5-2.
Notable: Tolleson threw just 3 2/3 innings this spring after being slowed with lower back spasms early. He allowed two earned runs on four hits this spring.