Reid Ryan came out second best to his future Hall of Famer father and learned a valuable lesson in the process.
"I don't think I'll ever be able to throw the ball as fast as he does," said the 19-year-old Reid after his much-ballyhooed mound duel Tuesday night with 44-year-old pappy Nolan. "I realize now I have to become a pitcher, not a thrower."The Texas Rangers defeated the Texas Longhorns 12-5 in the highly-hyped exhibition game that drew a standing-room crowd of 8,234 fans, including Gov. Ann Richards.
Reid, a freshman at the University of Texas, gave up four runs in two innings and trailed 4-1 to his dad when he left the game. Two of the runs came off broken bat hits and a pop fly single.
Nolan, who led 5-3 when he retired after throwing 111 pitches, went five innings, giving up five hits and three runs. He walked three and struck out seven.
"I'm not happy with the way I pitched, but I have to put it in perspective against who I was pitching against," Reid said. "It was fun and something I'll always remember. It was frustrating because of some of the cheap hits they got against me. They didn't rip the ball."
It was the first known pitching duel between a major leaguer and his son.
In other exhibition games:
Athletics 10, Indians 7
At Tucson, Ariz., Jose Canseco hit a 450-foot home run and Willie Wilson had four of Oakland's 20 hits as the Athletics beat Cleveland. Canseco has 10 RBIs in 17 spring games.
Twins 6, Cardinals 3
At Fort Myers, Fla., Chili Davis hit his sixth home run of the spring as Minnesota defeated St. Louis to improve to 18-9 this spring.
Pirates 5, Tigers 2
At Bradenton, Fla., Barry Bonds drove in the go-ahead run in the sixth inning and Pittsburgh's bullpen pitched three shutout innings to beat Detroit.
Royals 9, Mets 0
At Haines City, Fla., Storm Davis pitched seven innings, and Kevin Seitzer and Danny Tartabull led a 13-hit attack as Kansas City battered Ron Darling and the Mets. New York also dealt outfielder Darren Reed, one of its top hitters this spring, to Montreal for two minor league players.
Expos 8, Yankees 0
At Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Montreal had 15 hits and stole six bases in routing New York. Howard Farmer, Bill Long, Mel Rojas, Steve Frey and Tim Burke combined on a six-hitter.
Dodgers 2, Astros 0
At Kissimmee, Fla., Mike Morgan allowed four hits in six innings as Los Angeles beat Houston. John Candelaria, Jim Gott and Jay Howell completed the shutout with an inning of scoreless relief each.
Orioles 10, Braves 5
At West Palm Beach, Fla., Bob Melvin hit a three-run homer in a five-run seventh inning to power Baltimore over Atlanta. The Orioles had 14 hits off four Atlanta pitchers, including Randy Milligan's two-run homer in the fifth inning off starter Steve Avery.
White Sox 3, Rangers * 2
At Sarasota, Fla., Jack McDowell struck out nine in seven shutout innings as the White Sox snapped a three-game losing streak by beating a split Texas squad.
Red Sox 5, Reds 3
At Plant City, Fla., Ellis Burks drove in two runs as Boston overcame three errors. Burks had an RBI infield single to complete a two-run fourth off Jack Armstrong and doubled home a run to start a three-run fifth.
Phillies 6, Blue Jays 3
At Clearwater, Fla., John Kruk had three hits, including a two-run double in a three-run first inning, and three RBIs as Philly beat Toronto.
Mariners 11, Cubs 5
At Tempe, Ariz., Omar Vizquel tripled home two runs in the first inning as Seattle defeated the Cubs. Vizquel, a career .231 hitter, raised his spring average to .390 and increased his RBI total to 13.
Angels 10, Padres 4
At Palm Springs, Calif., rookie Scott Lewis took a big step toward winning a job as California's fifth starter, pitching six strong innings as the Angels beat San Diego.
Brewers 7, Giants 6
At Chandler, Ariz., Gary Sheffield, Maldonado, Greg Vaughn and Jim Gantner had RBI singles in a six-run third inning for Milwaukee, which batted around against Rick Reuschel.