Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington decided to give pitcher Matt Harrison a late-season rest, starting Scott Feldman against the Rays. Feldman delivered, shutting out the Rays for 6 innings, allowing just 2 hits. Washington was pleased with the results, “He was outstanding,” Washington said. “We certainly needed that. He had good movement on his pitches and kept the ball down in the zone. Feldman is the most rested pitcher we have. If there is an opportunity for us to need another starter again, he’ll be the guy.”
Feldman has spent most of the year recovering from knee surgery. “It’s been awhile since I contributed. It’s a little better feeling. I feel like I did what I was supposed to do. It was discouraging the way things went last year and being hurt. It’s a good feeling to go out and contribute.”
Neftali Feliz earned his 26th save of the year.
Offensively, the Rangers only mustered 7 hits, but Josh Hamilton made up for it. Hamilton blasted a 449 foot shot to the upper decks in the 6th inning for his 19th homer of the year.
Texas continues the homestand against the Rays tonight at the Ballpark in Arlington.