For the last 2-3 years when writers/fans praise Jon Daniels for the quality bounty he got in return for Mark Teixeira from the Atlanta Braves, he isn’t mentioned first…or even second.
When (most of) you think of the breakout left-handed starter on the Texas Rangers, he’s not the first name that comes to mind.
Last night…he was brilliant, and we all took notice.
Matt Harrison was dominant throughout Spring Training, and he brought that same command and presence into the regular season last night in front of 45,368 cheering Rangers fans and possibly more importantly, in front of baseball fans worldwide on the nationally televised ESPN Sunday Night Baseball game. Harrison pitched six scoreless frames against the Chicago White Sox to give the Rangers the 2-1 series win.
“I was able to throw my offspeed pitches for strikes early in the game,” Harrison said. “It gave them something to swing at besides my fastball. They fouled a lot of pitches off early, but I just kept pounding the strike zone and making them put the ball in play.”
“Harrison pitched great,” White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. “This is one of those where you tip your hat to him.”
“Outstanding,” manager Ron Washington said. “Harrison had a good sinker working, he was moving the ball up and down, in and out, good breaking ball. Early in the game they fouled off so many pitches it put him in a bad way at the end, but he gave us what we needed tonight.”
- Harrison gave up 4 hits and allowed 2 walks while striking out 3 across his six innings of work.
- Hamilton, Beltre & Murph all went yard in this game, with Hamilton’s being a ridiculous 441 foot blast that initially looked like it was going to exit the stadium.
- Hamilton also made two nice snags in center field.
- Tonight is the debut of Yu. Tickets are still available from the Rangers and on StubHub. Why aren’t you going?
- Robbie Ross was impressive last night in his Major League debut, working a scoreless 8th inning, striking out Paul Konerko and walking one.
- Jasen and I will be at the game tonight, so hit us up on Twitter (@baseballdo).
- We will be recording this weeks podcast tomorrow night. If you’d like to submit a question or topic, please comment on this post or sent it via the Contact Us page.