Left-handed ground ball pitchers seem to always have success at Globe Life Park. Martin Perez proved that notion right on Sunday, when he threw 8 scoreless innings as the Rangers took game 3 and the series from Houston. Perez gave up 5 hits and walked 3 with 2 strikeouts while earning his second win of the season. The Astros only scored 6 runs during the series and all those came in a 6-5 10 inning loss on Saturday.
He has been very good at inducing double plays this season and racked up 4 more on Sunday. In the 3rd inning Elvis Andrus was ejected after striking out. He threw his bat in anger and was warned by the home plate umpire. Elvis then said something that the umpire didn’t agree with and was tossed. Donnie Murphy came in and played second while Josh Wilson took over at shortstop for Elvis after starting the game at second base.
In the 6th inning in his first at-bat Murphy drove a ball to deep left-center field for a sacrifice fly that scored Josh Wilson. That’s all the runs Perez and the Rangers needed to get the win. Alexi Ogando came in and threw a 1-2-3 inning and got his first save in 2 seasons. Josh Wilson made some good plays in the field while scoring the game winning run. With Jurickson Profar on the 60 day DL, it’s good to see Donnie Murphy and Wilson taking full advantage of their opportunities. They are hitting a combined .282 with with 4 runs scored and 7 rbi’s.
Colby Lewis will make his first start since 2012 on Monday. Lewis is a welcome sight to the Rangers rotation that has been decimated by injuries. After Lewis, Matt Harrison is the next pitcher in line to make his season debut. Harrison is still a week or 2 away from coming off the DL. Derek Holland is still looking at an early June debut. Adrian Beltre was placed on the 14 day DL Sunday and is able to return April 24th. Prince Fielder is still struggling after going 0-3 and is now batting .149 on the season.