ARLINGTON -- Rangers pitcher Rich Harden struck out eight batters and walked five over 3 2/3 innings in his first start for the Rangers. He is just the second Rangers pitcher in the past 14 seasons to walk at least five and strike out eight.
John Thomson also did it in a complete-game win on May 18, 2003, in New York when he walked five and struck out nine.
Since 1988, Harden is also just one of two pitchers to throw 90 pitches in 3 2/3 innings or fewer and allow one hit or less. On April 29, 2000, Brewers pitcher Everett Stull went 3 2/3 innings, allowing seven runs despite giving up one hit. He walked nine.
Of course one of the all-time great pitching lines by a Rangers starting pitcher was reminiscent of Harden's work against the Blue Jays. On April 17, 1986, Bobby Witt, making his second career start, went five innings against the Brewers and did not allow a hit in five innings. But he walked eight and struck out 10. He allowed two runs, was not involved in the decision and the Rangers won, 7-5.