The Rangers and Giants played to a 1-1 tie in 6 innings on Monday in Surprise. The teams had agreed on a 6-inning game in advance, part of rule adjustments made for the first half of the spring schedule in 2021. It was the Rangers’ first spring tie since March 24, 2019 vs. Kansas City, a 3-3 finish in 9 innings on getaway day that year in Surprise.
The Rangers’ lone run scored on a wild pitch in the 3rd inning, as Texas saw its first 3 batters reach to begin that stanza. Charlie Culberson and Leody Taveras singled to open the frame, and David Dahl walked after Culberson scored on an Anthony Banda wild pitch. Culberson finished 2-for-2 on the day, the only multi-hit game by a Texas batter over the team’s first two contests. Taveras and Dahl would be stranded on the basepaths in the inning, a common theme as the teams combined to go 0-for-14 with runners in scoring position. The Giants’ Jason Krizan hit a game-tying RBI double in the 6th to provide the final tally.
Nate Lowe doubled in his first plate appearance with the Rangers in the first inning. Starter Kyle Gibson allowed a walk and a single to open the game, then induced a groundball double play and another groundout to finish with a scoreless inning in his spring debut.
The Rangers will travel to Glendale on Tuesday for a 2:05 p.m. CT game against the White Sox, the team’s first contest away from Surprise in 2021. RHP Kohei Arihara will be making his first game appearance in a Texas uniform, starting against Pale Hose RHP Lucas Giolito (1st outing). There is no Texas broadcast for the game, although the White Sox’ NBC Sports Chicago television broadcast is scheduled to be replayed on MLB Network at 5:00 a.m. CT on Wednesday morning.
From Rangers PR staff reports