Chi Chi Gonzalez says start Thursday was a grind
Chi Chi Gonzalez lasted only 4 2/3 innings, allowing two runs in both the first and second innings, and the Texas Rangers were held to only two hits in six innings Tyler Duffey in a 10-1 loss to the Minnesota Twins.
The Twins, the worst team in the majors, have won three of the four games between the teams this season with three more this weekend before the All-Star break.
Gonzalez set a club record for most pitches in fewer than five innings as he logged 124 to record 14 outs. The 124 pitches are also a season-high for a Rangers pitcher.
Hitting: The Rangers missed too many chances early on, and it cost them. ... They loaded the bases with one out in the first on a walk and two hit batsmen with one out, but Jurickson Profar hit into a double play on the first pitch after Prince Fielder was plunked. ... The Rangers had runners at second and third with one out in the second, but Robinson Chirinos and Shin-Soo Choo struck out. ... Ian Desmond and Adrian Beltre took walks to start the third, but Fielder and Profar struck out and Rougned Odor’s sharp grounder turned into an easy fielder’s choice. ... After Elvis Andrus opened the fourth with a single, Tyler Duffey retired the final nine batters he faced. ... Odor tripled with one out in the ninth to end a string of 16 straight outs, and Andrus followed with a single.
Pitching: Chi Chi Gonzalez allowed two runs in both the first and second innings and never had a 1-2-3 inning during a 124-pitch performance than spanned only 4 2/3 innings. ... He tossed scoreless innings in the third and fourth, but he needed 34 pitches in the fourth. ... Gonzalez allowed nine hits and walked five. He also struck out five. ... Cesar Ramos worked 2 1/3 scoreless innings before the Twins scored five times in the eighth against Shawn Tolleson, who had worked 11 2/3 consecutive scoreless innings. ... Outfielder Jared Hoying pitched the ninth, allowing a homer to Kennys Vargas.