GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — New Texas Rangers right-hander Kohei Arihara struck out two and allowed five hits while facing 11 batters in two shortened innings in his spring training debut.
Arihara gave up a three-run homer in the 5-5, six-inning tie.
After Arihara struck out Yoan Moncada with the bases loaded for the second out in the second, the inning was stopped because of his pitch count. That obviously didn’t sit well with Chicago fans. Reigning AL MVP Jose Abreu, who had a single in the first inning, was on deck waiting to bat.
“The reactions aside, for me personally it’s not acceptable that I wasn’t able to finish the innings,” Arihara said through his translator.