Barria scuffles, offense sputters against Texas

April 17th, 2019

ARLINGTON -- Right-hander , making his first start of the season, was mostly solid but was charged with four runs in five-plus innings, while the offense was shut down by Rangers lefty Mike Minor, who threw his first career shutout in a 5-0 loss on Tuesday night at Globe Life Park.

Barria, coming off a solid rookie season that saw him post a 3.41 ERA in 26 starts, was surprisingly left off the Opening Day roster after the club traded for right-hander Chris Stratton. Barria made a relief appearance against the Brewers on April 10, allowing one run over 2 2/3 innings, but it didn’t go as well against the Rangers, as he was hurt by a two-run homer from Asdrubal Cabrera in the fourth.

“I think that was the only pitch that I regret,” Barria said through an interpreter. “That’s the only pitch I’d change. I think I had my good slider, my changeup. I wanted to throw that fastball a little outside, but you saw what happened.”

Barria gave up an early run in the first after surrendering a leadoff double to Shin-Soo Choo and an RBI double to Nomar Mazara that hit off second baseman Tommy La Stella with the infield in, but Barria settled down after that.

Barria ran into trouble again in the fourth after walking Joey Gallo with two outs. Cabrera then connected on the two-run homer to right that was aided by right fielder Kole Calhoun, as it hit off his glove before going over the fence.

“I saw the replay on the screen, just like you guys did,” Calhoun said. “It was close. I tried to make a play on the ball. I hit the ball and it popped over. That’s kind of bad luck right there. Definitely frustrating. You don’t ever want to see that happen. We’re out there trying to save runs for our pitchers and I might have given them two there.”

Barria came out for the sixth inning, but gave up a leadoff single to Hunter Pence on his 79th pitch of the night and the Angels elected to bring in lefty Dillon Peters to face Gallo. Peters, who was recalled from Triple-A Salt Lake before the game, served up a two-run blast to Gallo, who has hit five of his six homers against the Angels this season.

“I mean I don't know what to do,” manager Brad Ausmus said. “I'm assuming he can't continue to hit home runs against us at that pace. But I don't know. We'll see."

Trout proves he’s healthy

The offense was held in check by Minor, who scattered three singles in his first career shutout, but Mike Trout provided one of those hits with an infield single in the sixth that showed he’s feeling just fine after sustaining a strained right groin on April 9.

Trout reached 30.6 feet per second on his way to first, which is above his average of 29.2 feet per second last year, per Statcast. Anything above 30 feet per second is considered elite.

“He was running pretty good," Ausmus said.

But it was about the only positive to take away from their performance against Minor, who became only the second Rangers pitcher to throw a shutout against the Angels in Texas, joining Kenny Rogers, who threw a perfect game on July 28, 1994. The last Texas pitcher to record a shutout in Arlington was Colby Lewis on Sept. 11, 2015, against Oakland.

Andrelton Simmons had the other two hits off Minor, while the rest of the club combined to go 0-for-20.

“How many hits did we have? Three?” Calhoun said. “Simba had two and Trout hit a foul ball for a base hit because he’s the best player ever. He threw the ball really really good. He had all his pitches going, located well. Everything we hit hard got caught. Kind of the perfect storm. I think that’s definitely one of the better games he’s thrown against us.”