The Rangers beat a Diamondbacks split squad on Sunday afternoon in Surprise, 13-0, the Rangers’ largest margin of victory in a spring shutout since at least 2006. It was the Rangers’ first shutout victory since March 17, 2021 vs. Arizona (3-0 win). Texas has won 6 of its last 7 games, averaging well over 10 runs per game in that span, and the team is 6-2-1 overall this spring.
Six different Texas pitchers combined on the shutout, including 3.0 perfect innings from starter and winning pitcher A.J. Alexy. Brock Burke (2.2 IP), Greg Holland (1.0 IP), Brett Martin (1.0 IP), and Matt Bush (1.0 IP) all contributed from Major League camp. Alexy has 5.0 shutout innings spanning 2 Cactus League outings, and Burke has 4.2 scoreless innings over his 2 appearances this spring.
Texas batters totaled 13 hits on the day, led by catcher Jose Trevino’s 3-for-3, 2-double effort. Adolis Garcia went 2-for-3 with a double and 2 runs scored, and Nick Solak hit a 2-run single with a walk in 3 trips. Matt Carpenter with 1-for-2 with a sac fly, while Eli White singled and scored the club’s first run in the 3rd inning.
The Rangers used a 7-run 8th inning to cap the victory, sending 12 men to the plate. Minor league reserve Josh Stowers keyed the frame with a 2-run homer, as Ryan Dorow also doubled and walked in the frame.
On Sunday morning at George Brett Field in Surprise, the Rangers dropped a 4-3 decision to the Kansas City Royals in a ‘B’ game. The Rangers took an early 1-0 lead in the 2nd inning after designated hitter Zach Reks hammered an opposite-field solo home run. Josh Smith started at second base and reached twice via a single and walk. Catcher Jonah Heim and shortstop Yonny Hernandez also recorded singles. Starter Kolby Allard allowed one run (earned) over 3.0 innings, the last of which was rolled before a third out was recorded.
The Rangers travel to Peoria on Monday afternoon for a 3:10 p.m. CT game against the Mariners. RHP Glenn Otto (0-0, 10.80) is slated to face M’s LHP Robbie Ray (0-0, 4.50). A free audio webcast of tomorrow’s game can be found at texasrangers.com, with Matt Hicks and Jared Sandler calling the action.
From Rangers PR staff reports