Wash's Wisdom: Call for Derek Lowe backfires
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"I was hoping Lowe could throw his sinker and get a ground ball," Washington said after the game.
The Rangers needed any kind of out, though a ground ball is always good within the hitting-friendly confines of Minute Maid Park. With right-hander Brandon Barnes coming up for the Astros, Washington went with Lowe over power arm Tanner Scheppers and veteran Jason Frasor.
While Lowe made the team as a long reliever -- he's been a starter most of his career -- Washington did say a few days before the season began that, aside from closer Joe Nathan, no roles had been defined in the bullpen.
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Well, Ankiel has three home runs now. He worked the count full, and Lowe left a breaking ball up that Ankiel crushed into the right-field seats.
"History shows he gives me fits," Lowe said. "A 3-2 pitch, I was trying to throw more further inside with a right-hander up next. I was trying to stay inside the whole time. It was the third breaking ball he had seen. I've got to make a better pitch."
It was a win for Porter in his first matchup against Washington, his good friend. It also was a tough debut for the 39-year-old Lowe, who said before the game that this particular Opening Day ranked very high on his list after making the team after three weeks of spring training.
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