Rookie pitcher Matt Harrison was dealing tonight in Arlington. The kid mowed down 8 Tampa Bay Rays in 8 innings and only gave up 3 hits Saturday night.
Harrison did it on 109 pitches. The Rangers needed that.
Everyday Eddie Guardado closed it out and Harrison improved his record to 5-2.
Here’s the take on his night from the Newberg Report:
Tonight Matt Harrison:
a. Struck out more batters (eight) than he had in his other seven big league
starts combined (seven).
b. Allowed three singles — two of which came in the first inning — and no
c. Retired the final 18 batters he faced.
d. Threw one of the best games any Rangers pitcher has thrown this season.
e. Threw one of the best games of his pro career, at any level.
f. Earned his fifth win in eight starts, one victory less than Kevin
Millwood has in 21 starts.
g. Became just the sixth Rangers starter this season to complete at least
eight innings (and the first Rangers rookie to do so in more than two
h. Needed only 109 pitches — 72 percent of which were strikes and a greater
percentage of which looked absolutely aggressive — to get his 24 outs.
i. Gave the bullpen a badly, badly, badly needed break.
j. Got an eighth-inning hug in the dugout from Ron Washington . . .