ARLINGTON, Texas — The Rangers lost to the Indians, 10-1, on Monday night in Arlington. The game remained scoreless until the 4th inning, when Cleveland’s Eric Stamets opened the scoring with a grand slam off Texas starter Edinson Vólquez. The home run was the only hit in the inning off Vólquez, who also walked 2 and hit a batter in the frame. The right-hander completed 3.1 innings and took the loss in his final spring tune-up, allowing the 4 runs on 5 hits with 3 walks and 3 strikeouts. The visitors added another run in the top of the 5th before Ronald Guzmán homered off Cleveland starter Carlos Carrasco in the bottom of the frame, a solo shot that struck the facing of the upper porch in right field. Guzmán, who has hits in 6 of his last 7 games, entered tonight’s contest tied with Rougned Odor and T4th in the Cactus League with 4 home runs, and now stands alone as the club leader with 5 homers in the exhibition season.
Nomar Mazara finished 2-for-3 with a pair of singles, his 3rd multi-hit game in his last 7 contests. Joey Gallo made his 1st ‘A’ game appearance since 3/14 at KC and recorded an outfield assist in the 2nd inning, when he threw out Roberto Pérez at home plate. The Indians added 5 runs in the 8th and 9th innings against the Texas reserves.
The Rangers conclude the exhibition season on Tuesday afternoon against the Indians at Globe Life Park. First pitch is set for 1:05 p.m. CT, with LHP Drew Smyly (1-0, 3.86) scheduled to oppose Cleveland RHP Mike Clevinger (2-1, 3.95). Eric Nadel and Matt Hicks will have the call of a free audio webcast on texasrangers.com and the MLB At Bat app. Additionally, the probable pitching matchups for the Rangers’ season-opening series against the Chicago Cubs were announced tonight. The full list is below.
PROBABLE PITCHERS FOR OPENING SERIES VS. CHICAGO CUBS
Thursday: LHP Mike Minor vs. LHP Jon Lester Saturday: RHP Edinson Vólquez vs. RHP Yu Darvish Sunday: RHP Lance Lynn vs. LHP Cole Hamels
From Rangers PR staff reports