SURPRISE, Ariz. — The Rangers and Giants played to a scoreless tie in 9 innings on Saturday in Scottsdale, the first such game for Texas since 3/29/17 at KC in Surprise. Neither team recorded an extra-base hit in the contest, with both teams settling for 4 singles each. Texas’ strong pitching performance was delivered by 8 different hurlers, who combined to issue just one walk and record 10 strikeouts.
Mike Minor made his second start of the spring and permitted just one baserunner in 3.0 scoreless innings. In his 2 spring starts, the left-hander has retired 14 of 16 batters faced. Chris Martin and José Leclerc both whiffed a pair of batters in their single innings of work. In the 9th inning, Luke Farrell left the game after he was struck in the face by a line drive off the bat of Jalen Miller. He was taken to a hospital across the street from Scottsdale Stadium to be further evaluated. Ronald Guzmán recorded a single in the 7th inning and has reached safely in each of his first 5 spring games at 5-for-11. Former Ranger Derek Holland started for the Giants and tossed 3.0 scoreless innings.
Back in Surprise today, a team of Rangers minor leaguers played a game against the KT Wiz, a professional club from South Korea. Reliever Shawn Kelley (1.0 IP, 1 H, 2 SO, 16 pitches) pitched against the Wiz, and Willie Calhoun also had several at-bats in the contest.
The Rangers are scheduled to play their first split squad games of the spring on Sunday. Both contests will start at 2:05 p.m. CT, with Texas set to host the Padres in Surprise and face the Dodgers in Glendale. LHP Brock Burke (0-0, 0.00) will start in Surprise against San Diego RHP Chris Paddack (1-0, 0.00), and RHP Lance Lynn will make his Texas debut in Glendale against Los Angeles RHP Kenta Maeda (0-0, 0.00). The contest against the Padres will be carried on 105.3 The Fan in the DFW Metroplex, with Eric Nadel and Matt Hicks on the call. MLB Network will air the Dodgers’ television broadcast from Glendale on tape delay beginning at 3:00 p.m. CT.
From Rangers PR staff reports