The Rangers beat the Cubs on Thursday in Surprise, 13-1. The team set spring highs in runs (13), hits (14), and home runs (4), with the 4 long balls accounting for 10 of the club’s 13 runs. Batters registered one of each kind of home run: a grand slam, 3-run, 2-run, and solo HR.
Rougned Odor produced a 3-hit day, including a towering grand slam to right field in the first inning and a rocket double to right in the 3rd frame. Odor has now hit safely in each of his 3 Cactus League games to begin the spring, going 5-for-9 with a home run, double, triple, and 6 RBI. Isiah Kiner-Falefa hit a 2-run home run in the 6th inning. The Rangers sent 12 men to the plate and scored 7 runs in the 8th inning, keyed by home runs from Nick Ciuffo (solo) and Andy Ibáñez (3-run).
Texas batters had 5 straight hits at one point in the frame. Ciuffo has gone 4-for-7 with a home run and double in ‘A’ games this spring, and he also homered and doubled in Sunday’s ‘B’ contest. Elvis Andrus went 2-for-2 with a run scored, while Joey Gallo and Nick Solak both walked ahead of Odor’s slam. Leody Taveras had a pair of singles in the 8th inning. Starter Tyler Phillips earned the win with 1.2 scoreless innings, and Ariel Jurado faced the minimum in his 2.0 shutout frames. Luke Farrell and Kyle Bird each posted scoreless innings with 2 strikeouts.
The Cubs television broadcast of today’s game on the new Marquee Network will air on MLB Network tonight at 8:00 p.m. CT.
The Rangers travel to Tempe tomorrow for a 2:10 p.m. CT game against the Angels, with RHP Lance Lynn making his spring debut against Halos LHP Andrew Heaney. There is a tape-delayed radio broadcast on 105.3 The Fan that will air at 9:00 p.m. CT in the DFW Metroplex, with Eric Nadel in the booth for the first time this spring. The Angels’ FS West television broadcast will air live tomorrow on FS Southwest.
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