Reds beat Rangers 9-6

Rangers

The Rangers lost to the Reds on Monday in Goodyear, 9-6.  Texas has still managed to out-hit the opposition in each of its first 3 games this spring.

The Rangers scored 3 times in the top of the first inning, as Jose Trevino hit a 2-out, 2-run single in the frame.  Trevino would leave the game prior to the bottom of the 2nd inning after he was struck by a foul tip on the knuckle of his right index finger during the bottom of the first inning.  Trevino was taken for precautionary X-rays on the knuckle, which were negative.  The Reds scored the game’s next 7 runs, including a first-inning grand slam by Cincy leftfielder Phillip Ervin.

Nick Solak hit a 2-run home run in the Rangers’ 3-run 7th inning, as Texas cut a 4-run deficit down to just one run, but the club was unable to score again.  Minor leaguer Curtis Terry also tripled and scored in the 7th.  Solak was 2-for-4 on the day.  Scott Heineman went 2-for-3 with a double and run scored, while Willie Calhoun had a single and RBI.  Danny Santana walked and scored in the first inning, playing 4 innings in center field.  Anderson Tejeda doubled in the 7th.

Luke Farrell pitched 1.1 scoreless relief innings as his father, former manager and current Reds assistant John Farrell, watched from the stands.  James Jones pitched through multiple baserunners to post 2.0 shutout innings.

The Rangers will play the club’s first true home game of the spring on Tuesday in Surprise, facing the Royals in a 2:05 p.m. CT contest.  LHP Taylor Hearn (0-0, 0.00) will start for Texas against K.C. RHP Jorge López (0-0, 0.00).  A free audio webcast of the game can be found at texasrangers.com and the MLB At Bat App, with Jared Sandler and Corpus Christi Hooks broadcaster Dom Cotroneo calling the action.