The most frustrating stretch of the Rangers’ season bottomed-out Sunday with one of the most agonizing losses of the year.
The Blue Jays managed just four hits. Texas left 12 men on base. Somehow, they equated to a 3-2 loss.
In the understatement of the year, Rangers’ manager Jeff Banister grumbled, “We’ve got to be better with runners in scoring position.”
Since getting a homer from Joey Gallo and beating Clayton Kershaw in Dodger Stadium to improve to 36-30 the Rangers have gone 2-8. The offense is the culprit, producing two or fewer runs in seven of those 10 games.
They had their chances Sunday. Plenty of them. But they went an exasperating 2-for-15 with runners in scoring position and stranded the tying run at third base in each of the final four innings.
Adrian Beltre, Mitch Moreland and Leonys Martin were a combined 0-for-9 with runners in scoring position.
The Rangers loaded the bases with one out in the 7th but managed just one run. In the 8th Elvis Andrus was stranded after lead-off double when Shin-Soo Choo meekly struck out on a check swing. In the 9th Rougned Odor stood at 2nd with no outs with hitters 3-4-5 coming up. But Prince Fielder and Beltre flied out and Moreland went down on three pitches.
And we were painfully reminded that with hits in baseball, quality will always trump quantity.
A native Texan who was born in Duncanville and graduated from UT-Arlington, Richie Whitt has been a mainstay in the Metroplex media since 1986. He’s held prominent roles on all media platforms including newspaper (Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Dallas Observer), radio (105.3 The Fan) and TV (co-host on TXA 21 and numerous guest appearances, including NBC 5). He lives in McKinney with his wife, Sybil, and two very spoiled dogs.