The Rangers’ slump continues, as they lost their fourth straight game, 4-2 to the Toronto Blue Jays.
A solo home run from Jose Bautista gave the Blue Jays an early lead in the first, but the Rangers would tie the game up in the third, when a RBI single from Michael Choice scored Leonys Martin.
The back-and-forth pattern continued in the seventh, when Anthony Gose hit a double, and then stole third. The Rangers challenged the play, but the call was confirmed, and Gose would use his speed score off a groundout from Melky Cabrera. Three consecutive singles from Robinson Chirinos, Leonys Martin and Luis Sardinas combined to give the Rangers their final run of the game.
The Blue Jays took the lead in the eighth, as Jose Reyes hit a RBI double off Neal Cotts to score Kevin Pillar. Toronto would score another run in the ninth, after an error from Mitch Moreland prevented a double play, and left Edwin Encarnacion on the bases to score.
The way the offense has been hitting, it’s safe to say that blame can be placed on the whole team for the past couple losses. However, the Rangers captain Adrian Beltre stepped up and took responsibility for the slump.
“I think the struggle the team is going through is mainly because of me” said Beltre. “I’m not contributing, so I take the blame.”
Beltre will need to step up his hitting game, as will the rest of the offense, but he is hopeful that the Rangers will be able to bounce back and score some wins, and thinks the key to winning lies in remaining optimistic.
“It’s not the first time it’s happened to our team” said Beltre. “It’s happened the past couple years. We’ll find a way to get out. Obviously we don’t want to go through a stretch like this, but it’s happening and we hope we can fix it.”
Rangers manager Ron Washington was called the “best manager in Rangers history” today by Michael Young, and hopes that he can do what he needs to do to help his team get back on the right track, however hard that may be.
“Personally, I’m the leader of this group and one thing I’ve always prided myself in is being a strong person” said Washington. “It’s not the first time I’ve struggled. I’ve been through struggle as a player, I’ve been through struggle as a coach, and I’ve been through struggle as a manager. You just have to put them out there and hope that things click.”
Washington and Beltre will begin their quest for a win, as the Rangers look to avoid a sweep from the Blue Jays sunday. Game time is slated for 2:05 p.m. CT.