DETROIT, MI - OCTOBER 13: Adrian Beltre #29 of the Texas Rangers fields a ground ball from Victor Martinez #41 of the Detroit Tigers in the second inning of Game Five of the American League Championship Series at Comerica Park on October 13, 2011 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)
There is not much that irks Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington more than sloppy play on defense, and judging by his ninth-inning defensive alignment on Tuesday night, Washington was not too happy with with some of his stars' defensive efforts.
A 2-1 Seattle Mariners lead in the fifth inning quickly became a 4-1 lead after an Adrian Beltre throwing error, and later on in the eighth inning, things really fell off the wagon with an Elvis Andrus error and a misplayed ball in right field by Nelson Cruz en route to a 10-3 Mariners win.
By the ninth inning, Brandon Snyder was in at third base for Beltre, Alberto Gonzalez was in at shortstop for Andrus, and Mitch Moreland was in right field for Cruz.
"It was a really weird game, but they played better than us today," Andrus said after the game. "They hit the ball pretty good. We had some moments for sure, but we couldn't score some runs or make some plays. You come back tomorrow and try to win the series. Everybody has a good team. We don't expect to win every game. You turn the page and carry the positives in to the game tomorrow and try to win the series."
Andrus and Beltre had the two big errors, an oddity considering that left side of the infield is normally rock solid. The chances of those two making big errors in the same game again are slim, but they have both been in a bit of a defensive funk, as of late, especially Beltre.