Texas takes down Twins 2-1 26 Apr 13

TEXAS RANGERS (15-7) AT MINNESOTA TWINS (9-9)

THURSDAY, APRIL 25, 2013 – TARGET FIELD – MINNEAPOLIS, MN


 

FINAL

1

2

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5

6

7

8

9

R

H

E

LOB

Texas Rangers

0

1

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

2

10

0

9

Minnesota Twins

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0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

1

8

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6

WINNING PITCHER:  Nick Tepesch (2-1, 2.53)

LOSING PITCHER:  Vance Worley (0-3, 6.38)

SAVE:  Joe Nathan (7)

 

 

FIRST PITCH:  7:11 pm                          GAME TIME TEMP:   51 degrees, wind S at 5 mph                                            TIME OF GAME:  2:53                           ATTENDANCE:  25,459

 

HOME RUNS:     Willingham (3rd, 7th inning off Tepesch, none on, one out, 1-1 pitch, 351 feet to left field)

 

PITCHING LINES:

TEXAS RANGERS

IP

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BB

SO

HR

WP

PITCHES/K

Nick Tepesch (W)

6.2

5

1

1

0

1

1

0

90/65

Robbie Ross

0.1

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0

0

0

0

0

0

3/3

Tanner Scheppers

1.0

2

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1

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21/10

Joe Nathan (S)

1.0

1

0

0

0

1

0

0

13/10

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MINNESOTA TWINS

IP

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ER

BB

SO

HR

WP

PITCHES/K

Vance Worley (L)

5.0

6

2

2

2

3

0

0

102/63

Josh Roenicke

2.0

3

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0

1

1

0

0

35/22

Brian Duensing

1.2

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

16/12

Casey Fien

0.1

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

4/3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NEXT GAME:<br />
Texas Rangers at Minnesota Twins<br />
Friday, April 26 – 7:10 p.m. (CT)<br />
--------------------------------------------------<br />
LHP Scott Diamond (1-1, 4.35)<br />
vs.<br />
RHP Justin Grimm (1-0, 2.70)<br />

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RANGERS NOTES:

·    The Rangers defeated the Twins 2-1 tonight…it was their fourth straight win at Target Field dating back to the beginning of the 2012 season…the Rangers 15-7 start to the season is tied for the third-best record thru 22 games in franchise history (also 1976 and 1998)…three of the Rangers last four games have been decided by one run (2-1 in those three)…Texas improves to 4-3 when not hitting a home run in a game and 9-1 when scoring first in a game.

·    Nick Tepesch allowed one run, a solo home run by Willingham, on five hits while striking out one in 6.2 innings…the home run allowed was just the second of his career…Tepesch has not allowed a walk since the second inning of his major league debut (April 9 vs. Tampa Bay), a span of 19.1 innings and 78 batters faced…with the win Tepesch improves to 2-1 on the season, his first win since his major league debut.

·    Nelson Cruz finished the day going 2-for-3 with a walk and an RBI…it was his fifth straight game with at least one RBI and he has 12 total RBI in those five games…has hit safely in six of his last eight games…has just one strikeout in his last five games…since the beginning of 2012 is hitting .348 (16-for-46) with eight doubles, a home run and six RBI against the Twins.

·    A.J. Pierzynski extended his current hitting streak to six games with a single…he is hitting .308 (8-for-26) over the streak…he has reached base safely in 14 of his first 18 games as a Ranger…has started 18 of the Rangers 22 games this season.

·    Ian Kinsler went 3-for-5 on the night with a double…has collected multiple hits in seven of his last 16 games and has reached base safely in 19 of his 21 games…the double was just his second extra-base hit that was not a home run.

·    Joe Nathan converted his seventh save of the season in seven save opportunities…he has converted a save in six straight appearances…he has converted each of his three save opportunities against the Twins in his career.

 

TWINS NOTES: ­

·    The Twins lost to the Rangers tonight 2-1, dropping their second in a row…Minnesota has dropped six of their last seven and seven of their last nine games against the Rangers dating back to the beginning of 2012…the Twins have lost four straight to the Rangers at Target Field…the Twins have scored one-run-or-less three times this season.

·    Vance Worley allowed two runs on six hits and two walks while striking out three in 5.0 innings…has tossed at least 5.0 innings in four of his five starts on the season, including allowing three runs or less in three of the five starts…has 10 strikeouts and four walks in his last 12.0 innings…is still searching for his first win of the season…has not earned a win since August 1, 2012 at Washington, a span of 10 starts without a win (0-5 in those 10 starts).

·    Josh Willingham hit his third home run of the season with a solo shot in the seventh inning to give the Twins their first run of the game…it was his 170th career home run…the home run was his 24th at Target Field, tying him with Jim Thome for the all-time home run lead at Target Field…has at least one hit in four of his last five games, including three extra-base hits in those five…also has at least one RBI in six of his last eight games (8 total RBI in those 6 games)…his three home runs lead all Twins…has reached base safely in 13 of his 15 games played this season.

·    Joe Mauer threw out his fourth attempted base stealer in the fourth inning; getting Cruz at second base…the Twins have allowed just three stolen bases all season, the fewest in the majors…Mauer was intentionally walked in the eighth inning, his 97th career intentional walk…he is now two away from tying Rod Carew for fourth on the Twins all-time list.

·    Brian Dozier finished the game going 1-for-4 with a double…he is 8-for-22 (.364) as the Twins leadoff hitter in five games this season…Dozier was also a part of his 11th double play of the season on a strikeout, caught stealing.

·    Wilkin Ramirez hit a pinch-hit single in the eighth inning…he is now a career 6-for-15 (.400) as a pinch-hitter…he raises his career average to .294 (15-for-51).