Harrison, who has a history of collapsing when adversity hits, had his second consecutive rough start on Sunday, lasting only 1 2/3 innings against Oakland in a 7-2 loss. It was the shortest start of his career. In his last two outings, Harrison has allowed 14 hits and 11 runs in just 4 2/3 innings.
He allowed a double to Coco Crisp on his second pitch of the game, then lost Daric Barton after getting ahead 0-and-2. He missed with three fastballs, then missed with a cut fastball, all to the outside corner against the left-handed hitting Barton. The rest of the inning became a blur.
He lost faith in his fastball quickly, started second-guessing himself and couldn't pull out of the tailspin. He allowed three runs in a 32-pitch inning during which the best pitch he showed was his pickoff throw to first base. He allowed a pair of doubles, a run-scoring, two-out single in the second and was pulled after walking No. 3 hitter Conor Jackson to load the bases. It was the shortest start of his career.
"I'm really disappointed with how I dealt with this," said Harrison, who had allowed Toronto five runs in the first inning on Tuesday. "I got down on myself and lost confidence in myself. I was trying not to miss over the middle part of the plate. I've got to keep things simple and trust myself."
A year ago, Harrison had consecutive strong starts to the season, then couldn't rebound after he encountered his first adversity. In 2009, he rolled off four impressive starts in late April and early May, but when he had to make adjustments, he couldn't.
Rangers manager Ron Washington said, however, the club has no intentions of pulling Harrison out of the rotation right now. He is scheduled to pitch again on Friday against the New York Yankees in Arlington.
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