The Texas Rangers drubbed the Cleveland AL team, 25-12, in a four-hour, seventeen-minute affair on Monday afternoon at Goodyear Ballpark.
The 25 runs marked the team’s highest scoring output ever in a Cactus League ‘A’ game (since 2003), and the most by any Major League club in an exhibition contest since at least 2006. Rangers batters combined for 27 hits, their highest total in spring game since at least 2006, going 14-for-21 with runners in scoring position. The team hit five home runs as part of the onslaught, its most in Cactus League play since setting the club record with 6 long balls on 3/10/21 at SEA.
Texas plated runs in all innings but the first, hanging crooked numbers in the second (5 runs), third (9), fourth (2), fifth (3), eighth (2) and ninth (2) frames. The nine-run outburst in the third, which fell just one run shy of matching the team’s highest single-inning run total in a spring game since 2006 (10-run 7th inn. on 3/24/15 vs. LAA), featured home runs by Josh Smith (three-run) and Brad Miller (two-run).
Willie Calhoun went 4-for-4 with a pair of doubles in just four innings of work, becoming the first Ranger to record at least four hits in an exhibition contest since Rougned Odor produced a four-hit, three-homer outing on 3/25/16 vs. SD. Bubba Thompson, who entered the game as a pinch-runner in the third inning, turned in a three-hit showing that included two doubles and a solo home run (sixth inn.). Davis Wendzel and Jonathan Ornelas connected for three-run and two-run home runs in the fifth and ninth innings, respectively. Wendzel is batting .400 (4-for-10) with three RBI over a team-high 11 plate appearances this spring.
Texas starter Taylor Hearn (1-0) earned the win after firing 2.0 scoreless innings in his first Cactus League ‘A’ game appearance of the spring, finishing his brief outing by striking out the side in the second. Kohei Arihara surrendered five runs (all earned) in 1.2 innings, and Cole Winn struck out three of the eight batters he faced over 2.0 frames.
The Rangers will travel to Salt River Fields at Talking Stick tomorrow to face the Arizona Diamondbacks, with Texas LHP Kolby Allard scheduled to start against Arizona LHP Madison Bumgarner at 3:10 p.m. CT. There will be live audio webcast of tomorrow’s game available on texasrangers.com, with Matt Hicks and Jared Sandler calling the action.
From Rangers PR staff reports