'Just one of those nights' for Rangers
April, 19, 2011
By Richard Durrett | ESPNDallas.com
ARLINGTON, Texas -- During the course of a 162-game season, every team has nights like the one the Rangers endured Tuesday.
Next to nothing went right in a 15-4 blowout loss to the Angels, who crawled back into a tie in the AL West, setting up Wednesday's rubber game in this three-game series. It was also the Rangers' first home loss in 2011, dropping them to 7-1 on the season in Arlington.
"Those are always tough nights," second baseman Ian Kinsler said. "Standing out there a while getting your butt kicked is no fun. It was a long night for us."
Among the not-so-fun moments:
* The Rangers didn't pitch very well. Colby Lewis didn't have his fastball command and despite possibly his best slider of the night, the Angels were able to hit the fastball. He lasted just five innings and gave up four runs on five hits with three walks and three strikeouts. His ERA is now 5.82.
* Mason Tobin felt some tightness in his right elbow, the same one that has been through three surgeries. He'll get an MRI on Wednesday.
* Michael Kirkman just didn't have anything working for him. He allowed six runs in 1 2/3 innings and because he couldn't get outs, the Rangers had to use long man Dave Bush for two innings.
* The Rangers made four errors, including one you normally see on a little league field. Left fielder David Murphy charged a single by Peter Bourjous and it went right under his glove. By the time Murphy turned around and chased after it all the way to the wall, Bourjous was able to score on the three-base error. Before Tuesday, the Rangers had eight errors all season.
* Texas did not convert a bases-loaded, one-out opportunity in the fourth that could have tied the game and really tightened things up.
"When we didn't do that, it went downhill," manager Ron Washington said.
Add it all up and the Angels were able to rout the Rangers.
"It was just one of those nights," Washington said. "We didn't get it done."