== Brief winning streak ends on Felix Day ==
OK, Felix Hernandez can’t be superhuman every time out, but it’s generally not too much to ask him to hold on to a 3-0 lead.
Well, not this time.
Felix coughed up his own lead this time, in his second straight less-than-overwhelming start after running off four Cy-Young-caliber starts to open the year.
That being said, the Rangers’ three-run rally wasn’t exactly overpowering. Felix was dinged for three consecutive singles before, in something of a shocker, he walked in the first run. Felix was, as we noted in our Stat Portrait post, 6th in baseball in walk rate (1.02 BB/9) coming into the game.
A fourth single and a sac fly were then all that was needed for the 3-3 tie.
And 10 singles.
The Rangers started out 1-for-9 on balls-in-play, then went 4-for-4, then 0-for-4. So their BABIP wasn’t even unusually high (.294 vs. Felix), it was just very well timed.
So not vintage Felix, but still an unfortunate outing.
Pencil vs. Scotch Watch:
The Pencil finally blinked. But not much, and only after the scotch.
This time he decided to change it up. He moved Almonte all the way down to 2nd. And he joked that he must have done it under the influence of scotch.
Or maybe it was just batting usually-doghouse-ridden Michael Saunders first that was due to the scotch, and not the keeping Almonte near the top.
Again, I understand the McClendon thinks Almonte is his only true center fielder right now. But no one among the pencil-less understands why he must give the most plate appearances to the guy with the least chance of converting them into something positive.
As it happened, Saunders homered in the 1st before being platooned out by Stefen Romero, and Abe went 0-for-5 with no walks and three more strikeouts.
Non-pencil-world is still wondering.
- Tacoma is not having much fun in Las Vegas, having lost three in a row there. But Jesus Montero had two more hits to make him 6-for-13 with two HR after coming back from paternity leave. We like Montero the dad.
- Gabriel Noriega was considered a top prospect back around 2009-10 (and even then more for his glove), but he’s been pretty much a non-factor since then. But he’s still around, and — for this moment — he’s red-hot, acquiring 15 hits in his last 10 games at Tacoma.
- Jackson lost despite … Blash Splash #5 for Jabari Blash. He also had a single and is now hitting .260/.431/.532.
- And the other Jabari — Jabari Henry — got his 4th homer for High Desert, along with two walks. He’s been burdened with an unholy BABIP of .067, but, despite that, has a pretty amazing .179/.303/.679 all things considered.
- Still no D.J. Peterson, though it doesn’t appear he’s been put on the disabled list.
- Low-A Clinton nearly came back from a 7-2 deficit, but fell one short of a tie. The Tank Tyler O’Neill had his 4th home run.
- Emilio Pagan had another strong bullpen outing: 2.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K.