RedHawks 10, Reno 4
The RedHawks early offensive woes of late went away quick, as they scored five first-inning runs en route to a big win over Reno in the opener of a four-game series Tuesday in front of 3,776 at AT&T Bricktown Ballpark.
The RedHawks took advantage of three walks by Aces starter Cesar Valdez to jump up big early.
After Valdez walked three of the first four batters he faced, Hernan Iribarren delivered a two-run double and then Max Ramirez followed with a three-run home run.
The RedHawks scored in each of the first four innings to jump up 7-1. In their previous three games, the RedHawks had scored just two runs in the first four innings.
The team used a group of relievers to get through the game as Zach Phillips started for the first time this season and pitched three scoreless innings.
Phillips extended his scoreless streak to 12 2/3 innings over all or part of his last nine appearances.
Michael Kirkman, who had been a starter until recently, made his second relief appearance of the season, giving up a home run to the first batter he faced. But Kirkman (13-3) bounced back nicely, throwing four innings and not allowing another run while striking out six.
Pitching shake up
Phillips' start was necessitated by the possibility that Rich Harden could make a rehab start for the RedHawks in Tuesday's game.
RedHawks manager Bobby Jones waited until not long before the game to announce Phillips as the starter.
The Fort Worth Star Telegram reported the change in plans for Harden was not due to a physical setback.
Harden was placed on the Rangers' disabled list Sunday, retroactive to Aug. 8, with right shoulder tendinitis.
Harden could start for the RedHawks later in the series.
It would be Harden's second rehab stint with the RedHawks this year. Last month, Harden went 0-2 with a 5.19 ERA in four starts.
His first and final starts were solid but he struggled in the two middle appearances.
Holland to Texas
Starter Derek Holland is expected to officially rejoin the Rangers today to start in place of Harden after Tommy Hunter was pushed forward a day.
It would be Holland's first start with the Rangers since May 30, when he left Texas' game after one inning with inflammation in his rotator cuff.
Holland was assigned to the RedHawks for a rehab assignment in late July, but was optioned to the RedHawks a few days later after the team acquired Cliff Lee.
Holland has been 2-1 with a 4.00 ERA in his latest stint with the team.
Guillermo Moscoso, who was to start Tuesday's game, will start tonight. The RedHawks starters for Friday and Saturday have not been announced.
Cora to join team today
The Rangers signed infielder Alex Cora to a minor league contract and assigned him to the RedHawks on Tuesday.
Cora is expected to join the team today.
The veteran played 62 games for the Mets before being released earlier this month.
With Joaquin Arias' struggles in the field recently and Ian Kinsler's return not imminent, Cora might quickly wind up with the Rangers.
Reno manager Brett Butler played college baseball at Southeastern Oklahoma State. Butler is wearing a boot on his right foot after breaking his leg recently.... Tanner Scheppers struggled with his control in pitching the eighth inning, giving up three runs on three hits and walking three.... Outfielder James Tomlin recorded his first Triple-A hit with a fourth-inning single.... Brandon McCarthy could start for the RedHawks on Friday or Saturday.... The RedHawks did not have a hit after the fourth inning.... After catching five innings in Monday's game as he started a rehab assignment, Matt Treanor did not play.
Reno (RH Kevin Mulvey, 6-8, 4.85) at RedHawks (RH Guillermo Moscoso, 7-5, 5.26), 7:05 tonight