Manager Ron Washington of the Texas Rangers looks on during the spring training game against the Cincinnati Reds at Surprise Stadium on March 11, 2011.
Yorvit Torrealba busted out of a tough slump on Tuesday night, and in a big way, in the Rangers' discouraging loss to the Minnesota Twins.
The Rangers catcher was mired in a 3-for-24 slump and has watched as Mike Napoli has been stealing time behind the plate, but on Tuesday he was a huge part of the Rangers' offense that scored eight runs in a blown save loss by Neftali Feliz.
Torrealba went 3-for-4 with a home run and four RBIs, all in the first five innings against right-hander Carl Pavano.
Again, right-hander Carl Pavano.
Rangers manager Ron Washington is famous, or infamous, however you want to look at it, for over-managing games at times.
So in the bottom of the ninth, after Michael Young and Nelson Cruz had reached base, Twins closer Joe Nathan struck out Mitch Moreland to bring Torrealba to the plate with two outs and two men on with a chance to tie or win the game.
That's when Wash made the call, inserting lefty David Murphy as a pinch-hitter for Torrealba.
Murphy has begun to break out of a season-long slump in recent weeks, in his rare opportunities to play. But why insert a cold body into a crunchtime situation for a hot bat, the hottest bat of the night, in fact? If Torrealba, a righty, had done all that damage against left-handed pitching, it would make a tad bit of sense. But that decision made none.
Murphy struck out to end the game and conclude what was one of the more frustrating Rangers losses this season.