Though they won a game Friday night, the Rangers struggles were brought back to light as they fell to the Toronto Blue Jays 4-1 Sunday afternoon.
After Colby Rasmus singled to begin the fourth, he moved to third base on a wild pitch from Colby Lewis. A double from Dan Johnson scored Rasmus, giving the Blue Jays their first run of the day. Munenori Kawasaki singled to score Johnson, and Toronto lead the Rangers 2-0 after four.
With Ryan Feierabend pitching in the seventh, the Blue Jays added two insurance runs to extend their lead over the Rangers. Melky Cabrera and Jose Bautista hit back-to-back singles to start the inning, and Dioner Navarro singled to score Cabrera. Bautista moved to third on a groundout from Rasmus, and scored on a sacrifice fly from Johnson for the Jays final run of the day.
The Rangers were able to avoid a shutout in the top of the eighth, scoring one run though they should have scored more. Rougned Odor walked, and Robinson Chirinos singled to put two men on for Elvis Andrus, who singled to score Odor. Adrian Beltre struck out, but was able to reach first on a passed ball. With the bases loaded, Jake Smolinski struck out for the third time of the day, ending the Rangers rally.
Though the offense was nothing to brag about, their is one player who's offensive struggles have been more rampant than the others. Shin-Soo Choo is now 0-21 in recent plate appearances, the worst stretch of his career.
Besides the offense, the defense was abysmal, committing two errors, though really there should have been more. The Blue Jays official scorer was friendly to the Rangers defense, ruling iffy plays singles when they could have easily been errors. There were also a handful of bunts that became singles, due to Lewis' inability to quickly get off the mound, and the Blue Jays fast runners. Infield singles became so frequent, that at one point a noticeably upset Lewis, appeared to yell 'swing the bat' at Rasmus.
Additionally, Alex Rios exited the game in the first inning after rolling his right ankle while at-bat. X-rays on Rios were negative, he was diagnosed with a right ankle sprain, and is now listed as day-to-day.
Nick Tepesch takes the mound for the Rangers Sunday, as they look to win the series against the Blue Jays. Game time is slated for 12:07 p.m. CT.