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July 26, 2011

Feliz made pitches he wanted

Neftali Feliz wouldn’t want any pitch back after blowing his fifth save of the season on Tuesday, as the Minnesota Twins rallied for two runs off him in a 9-8 victory.

Given an 8-7 lead in the ninth, Feliz got the first batter he faced out. But he then gave up a single to Delmon Young and a double to pinch-hitter Jim Thome, which put runners at second and third with one out.

The Twins tied it after Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus bobbled an infield chopper by Tsuyoshi Nishioka, and then scored the go-ahead run when pinch-hitter Joe Mauer doubled to left-center. Feliz walked the next batter, Ben Revere, and his night was over.

“We had the ball in the hands we wanted,” Rangers manager Ron Washington said. “Just didn’t get it done.”

Afterwards, Feliz said he made the pitches he wanted, including the one to Thome.

“I tried to keep it low and outside,” said Feliz, whose ERA rose from 2.89 to 3.35. “But he was able to get a hold of it, and hit it.

“Every pitch, I called for it and tried to take advantage of, but they hit the ball. That’s what happened.”

Feliz had converted six straight save opportunities going into the game.

-- Drew Davison


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Correction - Feliz made the pitches that the hitters wanted - something he does on a regular basis. Face it, he does not have what it takes to get hitters out.

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