Rangers, Braves to play doubleheader after rainout
ATLANTA -- Miguel Gonzalez will have to wait to make his first start for the Texas Rangers. The delay will be the same for Luiz Gohara’s major league debut with the Atlanta Braves.
The Rangers and Braves were rained out Tuesday night, necessitating a split doubleheader on Wednesday at 1:35 p.m. and 7:35 p.m. EDT to conclude the interleague series.
Gonzalez and Gohara will start the first game, with Cole Hamels pitching for the Rangers in the night game against the Braves’ Julio Teheran.
It was the second rainout in the first year of SunTrust Park after the Braves went into their sixth season at Turner Field before having a game postponed.
Texas had not been rained out on the road since April 17, 2013, at Chicago’s Wrigley Field.
The Rangers (69-68) are fighting for an American League wild-card spot, while the Braves (60-76) are holding auditions for next year with their young pitching prospects.
Gohara, the fifth player from Brazil to reach the majors, will be the fourth rookie and 11th pitcher to start for Atlanta this season.
“I‘m looking forward to watching him. All the reports have been good,” Braves manager Brian Snitker said of the 21-year-old left-hander.
Gohara, promoted from Triple-A Gwinnett on Tuesday, zoomed through the minors this year after being acquired from Seattle over the winter. He was a combined 7-4 with a 2.62 ERA and 147 strikeouts in 128 2/3 innings over three levels.
The Rangers acquired Gonzalez from the Chicago White Sox last week to bolster a rotation weakened with the trade of Yu Darvish to the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Gonzalez (7-10, 4.31 ERA) was 2-0 with a 1.85 ERA in his last five starts before the trade, tossing six scoreless innings in a 3-2 victory over the Rangers on Aug. 20.
The 33-year-old right-hander has never faced the Braves, but he is 4-6 with a 3.59 ERA in 15 interleague games.
Hamels makes his first interleague start against the Braves after going 16-9 with a 3.11 ERA in 36 outings while in the National League with the Philadelphia Phillies.
One of the victories came in a combined no-hitter at Atlanta on Sept. 1, 2014, when he worked the first six innings.
Hamels (9-2, 3.92 ERA) is 5-2 with a 4.26 ERA in 10 starts since the All-Star break and 3-2 with a 4.47 ERA in nine road starts this season.
“We have to beat every team if we want to stay in this wild-card race,” said Hamels, who missed two months early in the season because of an oblique strain. “We have to beat a lot of different teams.”
Teheran (9-11, 4.75 ERA) will be making his first start at SunTrust Park since snapping a nine-game home losing streak with a victory over Colorado.
Teheran followed that up with a victory at Philadelphia on Aug. 30. He allowed just three runs over 14 innings in the two starts while regaining a better feel for his slider.
Teheran has faced the Rangers just once, taking a loss in 2014 despite going eight innings. He gave up three runs on three hits.
NOTES: The Braves played a split doubleheader June 10 against the New York Mets after the home rainout May 4. ... The Braves have had 12 home rain delays this season. ... The Rangers recalled INF Phil Gosselin from Triple-A Round Rock. ... The Braves activated INF Johan Camargo (knee) from the 10-day disabled list. ... INF/OF Danny Santana (quad) was moved from the 10-day to 60-day DL to make room on Atlanta’s 40-man roster for LHP Luiz Gohara.