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Scott Feldman bails out Rangers in Game 2 win over Tigers

Oct 10, 2011, 8:50 PM EDT

Scott Feldman pitches against the Detroit Tigers during the third inning in Game 2 of their MLB American League Championship Series baseball playoffs in Arlington Reuters

The Texas bullpen figured to be a strength this month, with Alexi Ogando, Koji Uehara, Mike Adams and closer Neftali Feliz available to pitch the final four innings of games. Starter-turned-middle reliever Scott Feldman wasn’t so much a part of that plan, but the former 17-game winner stepped up big on Monday, pitching 4 1/3 scoreless innings as the Rangers topped the Tigers 7-3 in 11 innings.

Feldman, who lost his rotation spot while going 7-11 with a 5.48 ERA in 2010, was limited to just 11 appearances this year after offseason knee surgery, and he was no shoo-in for the Rangers’ postseason roster until injuries began to strike the rest of the pitching staff. He made just three appearances in September, giving up seven runs in 10 innings. However, he’s now pitched 7 1/3 scoreless innings with an 8/0 K/BB ratio this month.

Feldman’s big outing today came in relief of Derek Holland, who gave up three runs and four hits in 2 2/3 innings. It’s a long shot, but he’s put himself in a position to take over a rotation spot if Holland’s inconsistency gets him banished to the pen later in the ALCS or the World Series.

  1. APBA Guy - Oct 11, 2011 at 12:34 AM

    Local boy Scott Feldman did great today. After a tough 2010 and a long stretch in AAA this year, he came up late in the year and threw as well as ever in his career. Today’s effort reset the bullpen for the Rangers, allowing Wash to use his arms in their accustomed roles. And with Cruz heating up and the 2-0 series lead, things are looking good for the Rangers.

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