The Rangers endured an 11-10 walk-off defeat in the ninth inning against the Colorado Rockies on Friday in Scottsdale. It marked the fifth time in 15 Cactus League games for the offense to post a double-digit run total, as 10 different Rangers scored a run. The club received a productive start from Lance Lynn, who faced just one over the minimum in 4.0 shutout innings. Elvis Andrus went 2-for-3 with a grand slam home run in the 3rd inning, a blast which landed amongst the cacti high atop the center field batter’s eye at Salt River Fields. Andrus is batting .500 (7-14) with a 1.319 OPS figure in his 6 games this spring. Rougned Odor drew walks in each of his 3 plate appearances today, including a free pass in a lengthy plate appearance just prior to the Andrus slam.
Odor in his last 4 games: 4-for-9, 3 HR, 3 BB, 2 SO. Joey Gallo had a 2-for-3 day with a double off the wall in left-center field, and he is now 4-for-10 with 2 walks over his last 4 contests. Carlos Tocci walked and also had a hard-hit double to right-center in the 4th inning, driving in 2 runs. Tocci has a .381 batting average and .810 slugging percentage in 11 games this spring, drawing 4 walks against just one strikeout. Jeff Mathis singled and scored in the 4th inning. Willie Calhoun served as designated hitter for the entire game, posting a single and a walk. Despite having leads of 7-0 and 8-6, Texas would trail in the contest when the Rockies scored 3 times in the 7th inning to take a 9-8 advantage. Preston Beck’s 2-run single in the eighth inning gave the Rangers a one-run lead, but the Rockies scored twice in the bottom of the ninth to prevail.
Texas will host the Chicago White Sox on Saturday in Surprise at 3:05 p.m. CT, with RHP Edinson Vólquez (0-1, 12.00) facing Sox RHP Reynaldo López (0-1, 10.13).